A dystopian world where people have super powers?! What’s not to love?! Here you’ve got an underground world where people are basically controlled by the Link network to the point where they’re just like robots living beside one another. Then glitches start happening to certain people and they discover what emotions are and all the lies the Community has told. Now they have to figure out how to overthrow the Community, find others like them, and help save their world.
It started off pretty slow, as Zoe comes to terms with glitching and is introduced to the secrets, lies, and truths within her world. Eventually, things pick up as she learns of others who glitch too, and once she realizes who is out to get her, then the real action begins. It’s the characters that really drive the story along, learning about their powers, seeing them use it, and their significance to the plot was what kept me interested.
I didn’t really care so much for the love story though. Although I can see how Adrien could fall for Zoe, and I really like him as a character, I didn’t really believe in their relationship. From Zoe’s standpoint, it was a bit rushed and underdeveloped, which didn’t give me strong feelings for them as a couple. I really liked Zoe as the protagonist though.
Sure she was a bit clueless at the beginning, kind of on the fence about whether or glitch or conform, but eventually she learns and grows as a character and becomes quite a force to reckon with.
It was a bit predictable but there were some surprises along the way. Although reminiscent to a few dystopians out there like Delirium or Under the Never Sky, it stands on its own with its intriguing characters and has great promise. I’m eager to see where the author takes the story to next.
Recommended as a borrow-from-friend material,i.e,if you must read it.
(Updated: August 08, 2012)
This is where I found most of my dissappointments.The plot's lack of uniqueness was clearly visible in my eyes.Anyone who has read a lot of YA dystopic novels this year can mark this out.Especially one dystopian novel in particular,i.e,Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me. If you've read Shatter Me you could easily point out the similarities between the two novels.I feel a bit guilty comparing two novels but the truth IS the truth and nothing can change that.And I would have liked it if the author wrote a different type of dystopian novel.This kind of plot,where the government takes advantages of citizens who are brainwashed or oppressed has become real common,especially this year.
There was only one character that I had a problem with,and that was Adrien.I think the author portrayed his emotions through his intense blue-green eyes way too much.There's got to be more than that in a character,you know.I enjoyed reading about Max a lot.I was really attracted towards his possessiveness over Zoe.Somehow,I always seem to have a thing for lunatics.But then again,he remind me of a particular character from a particular book.Yes,I'm talking about Warner from Shatter Me.I just can't help but notice how similar these books are.Zoe's okay.I don't have anything against her.So overall,I think the author did an okay job in portraying the characters.
Overall,the book was OKAY.In no way am I going to say that it was good.A different plot would've made it a bit more interesting.I'd recommend it as a borrow from friend material.I rated the book 3 out of 5 stars because of the following reasons:
1)-1 star for lack of uniqueness in the plot.
2)-1 star for Adrien's character.It could have been portrayed better.
Probably the writing style.But still in no way was it that good.Okay?Maybe but good,no.