Shutdown (Glitch #3)

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Shutdown (Glitch #3)
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Age Range
12+
Release Date
July 02, 2013
ISBN
978-1250003010
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The battle is all but over, and all hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution. 

The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. After horrific torture at the hands of the Chancellor, Adrien remains unresponsive, an empty shell of the boy Zoe loves. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands. 

Full of high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Shutdown is a heart-pounding conclusion to an exciting sci-fi adventure trilogy for young adults. 

The thrilling conclusion to an action-packed sci-fi trilogy

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3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
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3.0
SHUTDOWN has some major improvements from the first two books in the series. It has far more original twists and ideas; it doesn’t have the same patchwork feel as GLITCH and OVERRIDE.

Zoe was so much more genuine in this book as well, her motives and reactions to events made sense most of the time. She also finally got to go out and take care of some people, which was refreshing and kind of fun, although the amount of people she had to take care of was a tad over the top (and when I say ‘take care of’ here, I mean beat the stuffing out of). The way things got rapped up with the poor lobotomized Adrian (Zoe’s boyfriend) was actually really clever and, to be honest, pretty sweet. Sadly, the other characters in general, especially the minor ones, weren’t as good. They seemed so much more immature than their circumstances called for.

SHUTDOWN overall had a bit of a seesawing problem, swapping between light bits with lots of the aforementioned immature characters and more intense, emotional pieces with just Zoe and Adrian. Some of this is necessary, of course, but in this case it felt a bit like cheating when more of the light bits came along. The ending is on the anticlimactic side and sort of disappointing; it felt rushed, it’s one of those and-then-they-slew-the-dragon-and-lived-happily-ever-after endings, you know the type. There was so much setting up to it, three books almost, and then you blink and it’s gone. One other thing that just sort of bothered me was that Zoe will get really hurt or tired, so it seems as though she’ll pass out any second or something, but then someone comes along and starts talking to her and she’s just fine again, and everyone else seems to think she’ll be okay for a while longer too. It just didn’t make much sense.

Overall SHUTDOWN is a good book, it knows where it’s going and it gets there. It’s got some good romance without being too physical, which lots of YA books seem to have a problem with. The Glitch series, especially SHUTDOWN, felt sort of like a more sy-fi-y Hunger Games, in its style, so if you liked those, you might want to try these.
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Gripping And Satisfying End To The Trilogy
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3.7
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
4.0
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4.0
What I Liked: Out of all three books in this trilogy, I enjoyed SHUTDOWN best! One of the things I LOVE about Zoe is perseverance. Despite everything she's been through and all she feels guilty for, Zoe never gives up - not on her friends, not on the boy she loves, and to a certain extent, the one she thinks she hates. In addition to wanting to save as many people as possible, Zoe is also seeking forgiveness and redemption for all she feels she is responsible for and she'll have her chance, but it will come at a cost and may require more than she is willing to give up.

What Left Me Wanting More: Adrien is the character who resonated with me the most, and watching him struggle was difficult. *sniffs*

Final Verdict: A gripping and satisfying end to this trilogy!

Favorite Quote: "I love you [spoiler]. Every incarnation of me will love you, even when this body is just bones and dust."
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