Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Glimpse by Clare Merle

The Glimpse by Clare Merle
Release Date: June 7, 2012
Publisher: Faber and Faber

Once you've seen into the future, can you change your destiny?  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. - Goodreads.com

When I first started reading this story, I was pretty certain I knew where it was all going.  I had it pegged, knew the romance, had things predicted in my head, etc.  How wrong I turned out to be.  The author managed to really surprise me more than once here. 

First of all, the characters.  I felt so bad for Ana, especially at the beginning, but I loved how she didn't let her past or her circumstances completely throw her into pity mode.  She still has fears, but she fights through them and is able to be brave.  She's also a lot smarter than I gave her credit for at the beginning of the story.  The author kind of layered her personality throughout the entire novel rather than giving you the full picture up front.  So bit by bit, you were able to discover who she is and grow to like her even more.

I liked the love interest... although for once, the romance was really not central for me.  I was really enjoying watching the conflict play out and seeing where things were going to go for Ana.  Not that the romance wasn't welcome.  It certainly was.

The ending did leave me hanging and wanting more, but that's really a good thing.  All in all, this was a fast-paced read with good writing and an inventive story that I haven't seen too much of lately.  With the YA writing market kind of glutted with dystopians right now, this was a welcome change from what I've already read.  This author managed to bring something new.  Great story! I really enjoyed it.


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