Glitch by Heather Anastasiu, for me, was one of those books that is frequently overlooked and frequently ignored. I must had looked at that shelf, where Glitch sits quietly, a million times before drawn in by the title. Mostly I was drawn to the title because of The Iron King series. (A character named Glitch was in it).
Even though the synopsis sounds complicated, Glitch was a cleverly written book with an understandable setting and characters. The plot was ingenious, with plenty of twist and turns. The twist was shocking and delighted me to no end. The ending was so surprising that I'm tempted to give readers of this review a taste of the cliffhanger. The dialects to the future setting were a nice addition to the story. I was hoping to see more of the 'cracking' (future slang) and interesting words/terms.
Zoe was interesting, although she was a little too ignorant for my tastes. (I prefer main characters like Alex Rider or something like that). She was naive in the beginning of Glitch and sometimes that unlucky side of her personality shined through later in Glitch. Zoe was a little lost and was trying to find her place in the world. She wanted to find other people with the same malfunction problems. She wanted to know that she is not alone. Overall, Zoe was a good character and narrator.
Adrien was the cute boy and spy/sleeper agent in Glitch. He was smart and intelligent. I wanted to know more about him, but Heather Anastasiu didn't put much infomation/character background on Adrien. Let's just hope that Adrien doesn't turn into a classic James Bonds in the sequels.
Max was careless and protective of Zoe in Glitch. I felt that Max was a little too harsh and tough-guy. He was mean, rude, and ruthless. He was like Eric from the Divergent trilogy. Unfortunately, Max was the other boy in the triangle. (I don't see how is Max appealing.)
The love triangle was something I have to mention. Max and Zoe were kind of in love or at least Zoe felt sisterish to Max. But Max was totally and absolutely in love with Zoe. Zoe loved Adrien, but she forgot about him through some memory change. Adrien loved Zoe back, so Glitch doesn't really have a love triangle at the end. In the middle, Glitch does. (But then Max did something terrible, so terrible. Horrible. Shocking.)
Great Sci-Fi read. I highly recomend this book, I read as an ARC a few Months back, and loved it.
(Updated: August 21, 2012)
I really enjoyed this story, It took me a short time to get into it, once I was able to actually read it, as its an ARC (advanced readers copy from NetGalley) and it was in a format for computer only, and I have a hard time reading on the computer. I finally got it on my Kindle, but took some work to get it there, so I was able to really read it at that time.
This story is a very interesting one, much different than most out there, it’s a whole new take on a dystopian theme that has become a base for a lot of young adult books lately. I like the sci-fi high tec take on it. It’s very refreshing.
The story is set in a time where humans are implanted with a computer chip, that takes away emotion and everything that makes us who we are, they are told its to keep them safe. Anyone who “Glitches” starts feeling everything that the computer chip is blocking. Color, emotions, etc. Zoe is the main character that is “glitching”. She soon realizes there are others that do as well, that have been hiding it, just like she has. She had thought she was alone in the glitches, until she meets others like her. In the community, when someone is turned in for being an anomaly (someone that is glitching) they are either reprogrammed or terminated. Zoe and her friends, the other glitchers, are attempting to find a way out of the community.
Zoe and her friends find that they have powers, hers being telekinesis. The story revolves around Zoe becoming a resistance fighter and taking on the government who rules with an iron fist when she learns about how corrupt their system is.
Here is a quote for you (not sure what page it would be, as I am reading a strange format, no percents or pages)
(Zoe and Adrian talking)
“Come with me. There are other Gifted people here, living on the Surface, free and real and alive. I’m one of them. That’s how I know about the pictures you draw. You draw the world as you wish it was. I know about the one you drew yesterday, a boy’s face-it was your brother, right?”
“How did you know-?”
His words poured out in a rush. “I know that you drew him in the picture like you wish you could see him in real life. The way he looked at you from the picture, it was love, wasn’t it? That’s what you drew in his face?”
I felt my mouth drop open. “How could you know that?”
“It’s my Gift. I can see glimpses of the future.”
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes some sci-fi or paranormal books, with a dystopian spin on it. It’s really good, and look forward to the sequel.
Summary from Goodreads
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.
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received this book through Netgalley.com
First off the cover of this book is so pretty and even if I didn’t enjoy it I’m pretty positive that I would have bought this just for that fact. I’m not even a fan of pink (loathe it) and I’m in love with it. Cover art aside the book is just as fantastic and this is going on my to buy list with the other awesome books I’ve read this year.
In all honesty this reminds me a lot of 1984 by George Orwell, which isn’t really a bad thing because Anastasu really manages to make it her own with her creative use of technology. I love the fact that plot centers around people who have basically been freed of all emotion and opinion because of something as small as chip implanted in their brains. It really gives the story a different feel and flow because instead of reading about a typical teenager you are reading about a teenager who never even knew what the world around her was truly like. You get to experience the main charcter’s first taste of emotion and the world around her and it makes the story richer. I was really invested in the main character, Zoel, and I wanted so badly to help her out when things got way too confusing for her. The backstory for the world is fairly believable and I can see that being a plausible situation if the same technology were applied to the same type of people. I also love the inclusion of the gifts that some people have, I thought it was an interesting addition and I would love for more explanation on the subject. The story is a fast and steady pace that gives you a lot of twists and turns, and it really had me hanging on every word. Plus this gets points of not having a cliffhanger ending but still leaving it open enough that I’m dying to know more.
The characters are really fantastic and when it comes to development I thought it was handled rather well. Zoe is a likable character though instead of relating to her I ended up wanting to take her under my wing and teach her about people. Some of the relationships she had with other people were terribly frustrating because of her naivety but it’s all completely understandable and serves it’s purpose. Adrien is a great counterpoint to Zoe and his understanding is rather refreshing when it comes to knowing about the world. His a great down to earth kind of guy and I’m certainly rooting for him in future books. Max…where to start with Max? He went from adorable to creepy in .5 seconds and he managed to remain in the “creep” zone for the rest of the book for me. He’s a great character but he had my skin crawling.
Overall this is a great dystopian with a fantastic twist of technology. If you are looking for something similar to 1984 but want a younger more modern version, well this may very well be the book to grab. I’m definitely going to buy this one and re-read it before the next one comes out.
A great new dystopian book! I love the whole plot about Glitching! I can't wait for the second book to come out.
Heather did such a great job pulling me into this story and keeping me glued to the pages! Glitch is about a teenage girl named Zoel who lives in a world were all of the people are blank. They have hardware in their bodies which makes them completely emotionless. The only thing they can feel is pain, because if they stopped feeling pain bad things could happen. Zoel has a problem though, she's starting to Glitch and that means she's starting to see smell hear and feel. She get's called into an office to get her hardware checked but out of nowhere comes Adrien to her rescue. If it wasn't for Adrien Zoel would've been deactivated and there would be no point to the story!
Zoel realizes she's been glitching for awhile now and she's nervous because she knows if she's found out that she'll be deactivated. Luckily before they can find out Zoe is rescued by Adrien. He is a teenage boy who is apart of her community. The only difference is that Adrien isn't really linked. He is a spy for the resistance (people against the government) and he saves Zoe before she is discovered! That's probably not the best explanation but trust me this book is pretty damn awesome!
Let me say straight away there is a tad bit of a love triangle in the book but it's not a bad heartbreaking one because she doesn't really have the same feelings for both of the guys which you can see right away which makes it a manageable love triangle. I gotta tell you in the beginning I completely fell for Adrien and I've been team Adrien through out the book I mean I just couldn't resist him. He was so sweet and he always wanted to protect Zoel!
The other guy in the love triangle is Max. He is another Glitcher that Zoel finds when she comes back to her home. He is in love with her as you can tell by the first few chapters but things don't work out the way he planned, and that makes him mad. The reason I didn't like Max to much is because when things didn't go his way he got really angry, and also because he tried to pressure Zoel a lot and I hate hate hate guys like that. So as you can tell I was rooting for Adrien the whole way!
In the end I give this story a 5 out of 5 stars despite the love triangle! I enjoyed the plot. I've never read anything like this before but I can tell you right now I'm going to be so antsy waiting for the second book to come out!