Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
(Book #1 of Glitch)
Source: ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley
Format: E-galley, 371 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Expected Publication Date: 8/7/2012
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Romance
Goodreads Summary: 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. In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.I found the premise of this book really inviting. There's something about a society being controlled and a girl breaking out of it that just feels like home to me! So I knew I had to give this book a try. There has been lots of pros and cons that I've read about this book but I wanted to see it for myself. It's a heavy sci-fi, complete with the whole robot apocalype-ish type of story. It's like the citizens we're only half human and half robot. But there's also a supernatural twist to the story as soon Zoe discovers her telekinetic powers and learns that there is more out there like her, an organization called "The Resistance". Anybody else thought of the show, Falling Skies? teehee.
I was initally worried that the fact that this was written in first person and with her being emotionless, the book would lack.. well, emotions. But she came out more bewildered than just a shell, especially when she finally embraced her glitch.
There's a lot of technical talk here that would leave you going "eh?". It's sci-fi indeed. I didn't have much issues with the way the dialogues are especially for one that seemed to bother most like Adrien's curse words. (Ex. shuntin', godlam'd) I've read The Maze Runner before and currently reading Blood Red Road, both having somewhat different dialect and I've learned to deal.
The characters we're.. well, let's just say it was a love & hate relationship. Let's start with the protagonist, Zoe. She's an innocent little thing. Her character seemed pitiful because she's not a fighter. You know when Tris in Divergent got knocked out, I was rooting for her to fight as well as Katniss in The Hunger Games but with Zoe… you just feel pity. So yes, she was a little weakling but over at the end, I believe she just earned my respect.
I liked Adrien but he didn't really stand out in the story. Hopefully, I'll see more of him in the sequel. As for the other love interest, Max's character made me cringe. He just felt ominous to me. Not to mention, he was kind of a pig. The given personalities of the characters worked SO well for their roles in this book. You'll be eating right at the palm of their hands and then, BAM! Everything you know is twisted and pulled.
The thing that I didn't like much was the insta-love. I like to get to know my characters individually before getting sucked into the lovey-dovey part. I kind of understand Adrien's part because of his gift... but Max is a different thing. The boy was obsessed! Although it was a big part of the story, don't be too alarmed love-a-phobics, it doesn't take up the whole thing.
The story flowed consistently for the most part of the book, it kept me interested. Only at the near end, it became a page turner! It was full of action and revelation that will leave you breathless. Fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent or just YA dystopian fiction for that matter, it's safe to say that Glitch will definitely be one good additive to the genre! Can't wait for it's sequel, Override coming out in Feb 2013.