Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Review: Glitch

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. 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 Heather Anastasiu's action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.


What can I say about this book? I love the cover, and the first time I read the summary, I was excited to read it; however, after the first one hundred pages, I became quite bored.

Zoel (“Zoe”) is part of an underground community linked to a system which the government has set in place. Each person receives an implanted chip so the government can moderate their activity and control their life. But Zoe’s chip begins to malfunction, and she is no longer connected to “The Link,” a program which the community can tune in to if their chip is working properly. A faulty chip also means the world is no longer in grayscale, and Zoe has thoughts and feelings for the first time in her life. Top that off with a heart rate monitor which beeps dramatically anytime a person’s heart rate increases, and you have grounds for anomalous behavior. Too many of these reported anomalous occurrences and you’ll be deactivated.  

Zoe learns there are other glitchers, too. With the help of her friends, Max and Adrien, they embark on a quest to help the others reach the surface. It’s their only chance for survival, and Adrien has family and friends waiting to help. But can they all escape Big Brother, or are there too many eyes watching?

Overall, the story begins with an intriguing amount of action—enough to keep me flying through the first one hundred pages in no time at all—but then Max and Adrien come into the picture, and there’s a typical love triangle. The action slows down significantly by this point, and I found myself skimming over paragraph after paragraph. If, however, you are looking for a sci-fi/dystopian book to read to quench your ravenous dystopian hunger, then I recommend picking this up.

**ARC courtesy of publisher via NetGalley

1 comment:

  1. Oh, that's a shame! I have this book on Netgalley waiting for me, but I haven't got the time to read it yet. I hate it when a book starts off so great and than slowly goes 'mehh' I like the concept, but I'm going to keep this in mind. Thanks for the honest review :)


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