I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Glitch #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 7th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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.
Zoe lives in a society where people are devoid of emotion. Their minds are all in the Link. The Link which spits out endless speeches about the Community being the first and only thing that matters. Then Zoe appears to awaken from her stupor. She glitches. Her emotions come back in full force aware of every sense. Colours appear, and smells evoke her emotions. She struggles hard to remain passive. Always appearing lifeless is hard, and I couldn’t help but feel scared for her whenever a Regulator would appear. (Those guys were almost bionic.) Oh those Uppers are oh-so bad. You knew there was something more to the story than the whole world being wiped away be chemical warfare making the earth inhabitable which causes humans to dig into the earth and live there. I’m guessing this is what they had in mind.
Technology in Glitch is astounding. Imagine having a keyboard in your arm where you can take notes for school. The student even have tablets they take to school instead of paper. Waving your wrist so doors will open, and even use it for payment. It’ll be deducted from your family’s account thank you. I love the advancements in this book. It reminded me so much of Elana Johnson’s Possession where again, life isn’t what it seems. A love triangle exists in this one, so if it’s not for you, try skipping the cheesy parts. I’m glad there’s not a whole lot of it though. The plot kept me going until the bitter end, and I had to give this book another star just because of my love for science fiction. Oh and their powers. Some glitchers and their gifts it reminded me of X-Men.
Our main character finds out the truth from a boy. And I also found it weird she trusts him so readily. Zoe is powerful though. You knew it all along. Her nightmares may have haunted her, but it makes her brave. I love the scenes where she uses her power. She’s not alone with her gifts though. Two other boys, Adrien and Max have gifts, and they’re just as powerful. Both are completely different, yet you know the one she’s going to choose. It’s way too obvious. I loved Adrien though.
The details that Heather Anastasiu puts into her world is wonderful. Through the eyes of Zoe, the future is brought to life. Science fiction, a little bit of adventure, romance, and even a dytopian nation, Glitch has it all. I highly recommend this for any sci-fi or romance fan!