Thursday, July 26, 2012

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. 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.  -

It's been a while since I've read a dystopian as I had gotten burned out on them earlier this year... my own fault, not their fault.  I just read way too many of them in a short period of time.  So with that being said, I wasn't sure how well I was going to be able to get into this one.  I was pleasantly surprised.

I had a little bit of trouble getting into it at the beginning, but again, I think most of that was my mindset on dystopians, but after a small period, it warmed me up and I sank right into the story.  I was really intrigued by the idea of a mechanical device that removes emotions.  Watching Zoe try to maintain some semblance of still being under their control while she "glitches" was really intriguing.  I liked this heroine because although she's been brought up in a world that is colorless and emotionless, when she begins to glitch and actually experience the world, she's smart about it, working really hard to hide what's happening, and she's very brave as she tries to figure out where to go from here.

I also really liked Aiden.  He's got a completely different mindset, of course, having lived a different kind of life than her.  I thought it was so sweet how Zoe reacts to him as she starts to experience feelings for the first time.  This was really fun to read.  Like watching someone who is totally innocent learn about the opposite sex and attraction.  Made for some interesting scenes and the author handles these well.

I have to admit, the author surprised me a little bit with where this story goes.  While I had some hints about a couple things and had started to put together a little bit, there was a lot more to it than that.  So great job on the mystery and intrigue.

The writing was very engaging and other than my little false start at the beginning, I really read through it very quickly and was sucked into the story very well.  I am really looking forward to the sequel for this one.  A great debut!


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