Review: Glitch

10535458Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Publication date
: August 7th 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Sci-Fi / Dystopian

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.

blackdotsLook at that beautiful cover! Besides that I think this is one of the best covers I’ve seen this year, I also liked that Glitch is a YA Sci-Fi book. After having read and absolutely loved books like Across the Universe and Cinder, I was pleased to find more books in this genre. Unfortunately, Glitch doesn’t deliver on the Sci-Fi aspect at all.

Let me start with the positive points, because there aren’t many I’m afraid. First of all, the plot is okay and interesting, but on the other hand, it’s nothing special. It’s a very generic dystopian. Besides the plot, I liked Zoe as a character. She’s relatable enough and her reaction to these new emotions she experiences when glitching was fairly realistic. Although I have to mention that there are quite a few inconsistencies about these feelings and emotions. Thanks to her glitching, she is experiencing emotions for the very first time. She asks about the definition of the word ‘sorry’ and learns that reddening means embarrassment. I find that realistic. But, what I find inconsistent is that the narration acknowledges peoples’ emotions/feelings easily. Zoe would think things like ‘he looks frustrated’, etc. And all I could think was HOW DO YOU KNOW?!

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Then the negative points, which is actually all about the other characters who ruined this book for me. For example, the ONLY other girl that’s mentioned beside Zoe is Molla and she is described as being a very scared girl. This bothered me because I felt this was done to make Zoe look better and I DON’T need that.

Adrien and Max are the supposed love interests of Zoe. But really, this isn’t romance. Adrien is obsessed and stalkerish and proclaims his love for Zoe the first day they interact. I knew upfront there would be a love triangle so I hoped I’d like Max better. Unfortunately, I didn’t. Fellow glitcher Max doesn’t take these new emotions so well and is super obsessed, clingy, needy and creepy. I understand this is what realistically could happen to a person under these circumstances, but if a dystopian book is so focused on the romance aspect than I at least need to like/care for the male leads. Now I’ve had to read about a guy that’s too creepy and a guy I didn’t really get to know except that he of course loves Zoe (and he has a very wise mother that he probably should listen to, but when’s that ever going to happen in YA?)

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I wouldn’t recommend this for big Sci-Fi fans, because Glitch is VERY focused on the romance aspect. I even think that people who seek a romance book will be more pleased with Glitch than readers who seek a Sci-Fi book. Just bear in mind that the male leads aren’t very lovable.

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blackdotsMy favorite review for Glitch:
Meg from Ink Skies“Perhaps the only thing I really liked about Glitch was the concept and the cover”

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Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at the The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s topic is our top ten favorite beginnings and/or endings in books. I have decided to split my post and share my favorite book beginnings AND endings, because this post was actually REALLY HARD due to my bad bookish memory. I had such a hard time figuring out the exact beginnings and endings of certain books!

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1. Firelight by Sophie Jordan: If there’s one book that opens right in the middle of action, it’s Firelight. The opening chapter was REALLY exciting to read about and ultimately was a great introduction to the main characters, the world building and the plot without ONE part of info dumping. I was hooked on this book from the first chapter.

 

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2. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen: This book is a great example of already wanting to know how it all ends right after you finish the first chapter. Why? Because The Luxe begins with a description of the main characters’ funeral. How can you not want to finish this immediately to figure out what happened?!

 

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3. Wither by Lauren DeStefano: You guys, this opening chapter is SO BEAUTIFUL! Lauren’s prose is so so pretty and . Even if you don’t agree and/or like the plot of her books, you seriously cannot deny me in saying that her words are harrowing and beautiful. I knew she was going to be one of my favorite authors after I read the first chapter. SO MUCH LOVE.

 

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4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis: The concept is what attracted me to this book in the first place. I needed to read this book because SPACESHIPS but also because the geek in me was screaming HOW COOL TO WAKE UP IN THE FUTURE. Only, that first chapter made me really think, IS it even that awesome as I assume?

endings Everneath5. Everneath by Brodi Ashton: Brodi Ashton is the Queen of Cliffhangers. I mean, I love her Everneath series, but the endings are pure turtore. It’s unexpected and so unpredictable, you’re so shocked that you didn’t see it coming and then BAM, last page. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

 

 

64828376. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: Just as with Lauren DeStefano, Lauren Oliver’s words are so, so beautiful. I love her prose. While reading I had no idea how she could possibly end this, but she handled it perfectly. It wasn’t the obvious Happily Ever After, which I always want when I come to love the characters, BUT the book would not have benefited from such an ending. This ending was shocking and ultimately, after many thoughts about it, satisfying.

 

1362517. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling: I have so much love for the Harry Potter series, so I already know I will probably feature it a lot in future Top Ten Tuesdays. Seriously, J.K. Rowling is my queen (isn’t she to almost all of us though?). I know some readers consider the very last chapter (I’m talking about the epilogue) too cheesy and some even say that it reads like bad fan-fiction. Not me though, I LOVE this ending.

 

62398738. Splendor by Anna Godbersen:  Okay, so The Luxe series is on my best beginning AND ending list, but don’t assume that this is because this series is perfect. It’s not. But after having read and loved four books I came attached to the characters, and while the ending wasn’t the perfect HEA I would have wanted for them, this ending is way more realistic and satisfying.

blackdotsSo yes, for my first Top Ten Tuesday I already failed at listing ten choices. This may or may not be a regular thing. Who am I kidding of course I will fail again.

Do you agree with any of my choices or do you disagree completely? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to leave a link to your own TTT!

Introduction

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