In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell. Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears. Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper's abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.
*Ahem*(clears throat)Okay,NOW I'm good to go.
This was so not what I was expecting.This book went waaay beyond my expectations.I bought this book 'cause I got really good responses from my peers about it.And NO,for those who are wondering,I did not request for an ARC from Netgalley.I saw it on the YA book section of kinokuniya and dived straight for it,since it was the last copy they had and I didn't want someone else to get their hands on it.I got weird looks from the employees but at that point,it probably didn't matter.Now if you read a lot of YA novels like Yours Truly,and have read the blurb,I'm sure that you won't be seeing anything special in the book.But let me tell you one thing.THIS BLURB WAS CREATED TO MAKE YOU LOOK DUMB.The same goes with the first eighty-nine pages of the book.From there,it just starts getting awesome-er and awesom-er and leaves you with a "I did not see that comin'" type of ending.Honestly,if it weren't for those first EIGHTY NINE pages then I'd have given this book five stars without blinking.Honestly,for a second there,I felt that I humiliated myself in front of all those people for nothing.But don't back out.If those eighty-nine pages start bothering you,just skim through them until you reach the action-packed part.Believe me,your patience will be totally worth it! XD
I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, none of them adding anything to the story. The story started off on this one train of thought and then it seemed to just explode into a bunch of other ramblings and story lines that were just jumbled together and you had just try your best to make sense of it all. Just when you think you’ve figured out what’s going on, the author goes off on some tangent and you’re left wondering if it was even relevant to the story. Even the guys didn’t do it for me! Ana was just whiney and clueless, there was way too much inner monologuing, and nothing exciting happens throughout the whole story.
Damn myself for being unable to NOT finish a book, because I really wanted to quit this one. At first, I read about a quarter of the way through and it still didn’t capture me and I really wanted to let this one go, but I’m a sucker for finishing books, even if I don’t like them. But it took me a long time to even want to give this one another try after trying to avoid it for so long. It was just staring at me on my kindle, begging me to finish it, and I truly had to force myself to go there again. After finishing it, I wish I hadn’t even started it because it was such a waste of time, it’s unbelievable! I could go on, but let me try to forget this truly confusing and pointless story and move on.
Anyway, I actually liked The Glimpse, although I can see why it might have given other readers some trouble. What pulled me through the book was definitely the concept, which was something pretty new to me on the dystopian front, always a plus. In this future, the world has been divided up into the haves and the have-nots, only the dividing line is not race or wealth or attractiveness: it's sanity.
Society is divided up into Pures, those without any genetic markers indicating a disorder (ex. depression, bipolar, ADHD, etc.) and Crazies. The Pures live within beautiful communities and have pretty much everything they need. Their society isn't much different from ours, although they now get married through an antiquated process called Joining.
I found the whole division based on mental stability entirely fascinating. Imaginging society spazzing out about the ever-increasing number of people suffering from some sort of mental disorder is not really a stretch at all. That could definitely be something that a despotic government might want to control. Basically, this could be a way of helping Darwinism along by trying to get the healthiest people to stick together and procreate.
Though I really liked that, the characters never really felt real to me at all. I wasn't especially invested in them. I wanted to know what happened, but I didn't particularly care whether the main couple made it work or if they won out against the bad guys. They weren't terrible characters. Really, on paper, I should have liked Ana, but...meh. Whereas in a lot of books, the dialog is what makes the book move along for me, in this one it was definitely the longer paragraphs of description here.
Perhaps what distanced me from the characters was due to some weakness in the plotting. I often felt like the characters, mostly Ana, made completely illogical decisions. Not in a real life, people do stupid things kind of way, but in a wtf just happened kind of way. Ana would think things over and decide that the obvious choice in some situation was X, and I would be sitting there going, "Why would you ever do that in response to this situation? FACEPALM."
To sum up, the world building was really cool, but I thought everything else could use some more work. Despite thebook's limitations, I do think I will probably be reading the sequel. This one definitely isn't for everyone, but, if you like the premise, you may want to give it a go.