Jul 19, 2012

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu Review

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
(Glitch, #1)
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 371 pages

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

I would like to thank St. Martin's Press and netgalley for allowing me to review this book in exchange for an honest review.

I kept putting this book off only because it had to be read on my computer since netgalley didn’t have a kindle version available. I hate reading books on my computer and it also limits you to when and where you can read the book. But with only a week left until the book expired, I knew I had to read it. I’m kind of bummed that I put it off for so long, this book was really enjoyable.

Concepts like Glitch really interest me. The whole inserting chips and controlling a person is creepy yet intriguing. Could you imagine, having a, well like usb port in the back of your neck? Being a drone, free of any and all emotions. Not being able to feel pain, well your body can but your brain doesn’t register it so it’s like a pain-free life. But like our main character, Zoel says, you also never get to feel happiness, joy and most importantly, love. What kind of life is that really? We, as humans, have to take the good with the bad but when it’s good, it’s really a great feeling. If given the choice, would you opt for a emotion free existence or would you rather enjoy everything life has to offer? The good and the bad…

Interesting concept, right? It was executed rather well. There were characters you knew you couldn’t trust, characters you were iffy about and then ones you know was loyal and faithful, no matter what.

Zoel, who likes to be called Zoe, grew as a character right before your eyes. She begins the book as she glitching, which is breaking a connection with the Link, which is what the Uppers control everyone through. It’s a terrifying thing because if you’re caught glitching, they either fix your port so you’re back to being connected to the Link or you’re deactivated (aka killed). Now you know why glitching is extremely dangerous but she does everything she can to fit in and appear as everyone else. It’s a lot harder than one would think. She struggles with it and catches the attention of a green eyed boy, Adrien. He must be a glitch, as well or how else would he keep noticing her. Except, there’s a lot more to Adrien than you think. There’s also a lot more to Zoe than we think.

The story grows from there. There’s plenty of romance, lots of violence, tons of anger and a mix of emotions none of the glitchers understand and of course, heart break. Oh, and did I mention drama? Yes, of course there’s plenty of that! What’s a good book without drama, right?

It was an enjoyable read, very fun. Sounds weird, right? But it was. Minus the bad stuff, which is needed in any story, there was lots of things worth smiling for. Like the romance build up between Adrien and Zoe, the idea of them possibly being free one day. The idea of an escape. You want the characters to be free nearly as bad as Zoe does. You’re right next to her fighting the same cause. 

I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a mysteriously good looking hero, a best friend with an attitude issue (I know, I never mentioned a best friend, did I? Read it to find out about him…), a wanna-be leader with an extremely deadly power, and most importantly, a story about the heroine growing in to something she never thought she’d be. If you love YA books, especially of the fantasy type. I really think you’d enjoy this; especially if you have the same tastes as me. Go out and get your copy on August 7!

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