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Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Synopsis: 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.

Review: Glitch (Glitch #1) by Heather Anastasiu is an exciting new dystopian novel that caters to those of us who are fans of the science fiction genre. In the beginning we are introduced to Zoe a girl whom along with the community she lives with, wears an inserted computer chip that controls her emotions and connects her to the Link network.  Zoe begins glitching (emotions start flooding through her system) and unfortunately for her this is a major problem in her community. Anomalies are supposed to be reported and repaired immediately and here begins the drama.

I really enjoyed Glitch and I found the premise exciting and unique, and although it’s yet another story set in a dystopian world, I found that the sci-fi feel to it really helped the overall plot. Zoe is a very distinct character even from the beginning. Yes, she’s supposed to be a blank slate when it comes to her emotional state but I personally found her vivid and alive even in her “dull” moments which I think says a lot about Anastasiu’s characters. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about having a book written in first person where the character is supposed to lack emotion, but when I started reading Glitch I was pleasantly surprised that the author pulled this idea off fairly well. There were moments when it seemed emotion played a role when it wasn’t supposed to, but overall I really felt that the factual information that Zoe processed around her, really gave her a more robotic character. To give you an idea, it reminded me a little of The Giver by Lois Lowry.

While love triangles seem to be an overplayed move, I really enjoyed the tension it brought in this story. The two love interests in Glitch couldn’t be any more different and honestly, I loved Adrien!

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I can’t wait to read the second book in the series. I hope the story picks up even more because I love a little action/romance with my sci-fi.

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