Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

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 power.

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.

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

Glitch had a lot of potential, but I had a few problems with the story, mainly in regards to the romance. However, I thought the concepts behind the novel and the world building was interesting enough to keep me reading to the end.

Zoe was one of those characters that need to grow on you. She's pretty hard to like in the beginning and there were a few times I wished I could slap some sense into her. During her first escape attempt from the Community, she's pretty much useless and whines the entire time. Therefore, it was nice at the end to see her get more of a take charge attitude and not be afraid to kick a little butt.

The suspense was also well done in the novel. I did feel the tension as the Glitchers attempt to hide their emotions and powers from the Community. A few twists in the novel I didn't see coming which kept me on my toes.

Now, onto the romance. Oh boy, it's very rare for me to keep reading a book where I hate the romance in it. However, like I said, the other story components were good enough that I wanted to finish it. For Zoe, we have Boy #1 Adrien-a truly bland character where the only things that stick out to me are his blue-green eyes (mentioned about 100 times) and the super annoying way he curses. Next up is Boy #2 Max-a sociopath who basically tries to sexually assault Zoe every time they get together.

I would probably give the second book a chance in the hopes that the romance improves (like maybe give the boys personality transplants).

Rating: Three out of Five Stars

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of Glitch in exchange for an honest review.

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