Series: Glitch

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu: Review

Posted January 18, 2013 by Kylie in book review / 4 Comments

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu: ReviewGlitch by Heather Anastasiu
Series: Glitch #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 7, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Girls & Women, Science Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: St. Martin's Press

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

A friend of mine wants nothing more in life than to fall in love at first sight. She would love this book.

I liked the concept behind Glitch, but I couldn’t really get behind the idea of the Link and the inner workings of the drones. I’m big on details and would have liked more information on how things work for/with the drones. I thought the book had good bones, but would have benefited from more meaty world building.

Zoe is an interesting heroine. She is brave and cares for her family. Bonus: she has cool telekinetic powers! But Zoey is too trusting for someone living in a drone society. I expected her to be more paranoid. I’m going to give her a pass, though, on account of the mind control.

Glitch had a lot of drama happening. Being a very undramatic person myself, I tend to tune out when things get too whiny. At times I was reminded a little of Bella’s dramatic voice in New Moon; lots of inner searching and emotional struggle. It was a necessary part of the story, being that Zoe lived emotion-free for most of her life, but it felt long-winded at parts.

There’s a wannabe love triangle in Glitch, though I can’t imagine anyone siding with Max over Adrien. Don’t worry, you won’t be torn between two loves! But you might want to slap some sense into Zoe.

Some of the story was predictable, but I’ll admit I was surprised a time or two! I do love when a book surprises me. In short, I was entertained and intrigued, but wasn’t completely gripped by the story or the characters.

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