Author: Heather Anastasiu (@h_anastasiu)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Series: Glitch #1
The Other Books: Override
Challenge: Debut Reads of 2012
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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’d like to take you to meet them, but I can’t drag you kicking and screaming. Number one, we’d get caught, and number two, I’d never do that to you. You’re away from the control of the Link now. You have your own mind, and you can make your own decisions. I’m giving you what the Community never will—a choice."
The first thing I noticed when I began reading Glitch, it seems that everyone is controlled and nobody does anything out of the ordinary. They pretty much do the same thing over and over again. No creative thoughts. No fighting. No loyalty within the families. Even when something exciting or bad happens, they simply forget about it soon afterwards. It must be really boring to live in this society.
Okay I am going try to explain how this world works but it probably better explained by Adrien. Where Zoel lives, humans are controlled by these chips implanted into their brains. They are controlled by the Link, which is controlled by the Community. The Link controls every emotion so humans can’t feel anything. No emotions means no danger. They tell the people that emotions are the cause of our world ending in destruction.
However, when the chips are implanted into children, sometimes there are glitches. These glitches let some children and young adults to experience things they aren’t used to. This is what is happening to Zoe. She is seeing colors, experiencing feelings, and control things with her mind. And if she doesn’t control these things and keep them hidden, the Community can deactivate her. Which means kill her.
Can you imagine having no emotions? No humor, no shyness, no fear. Not even love. I can’t imagine life without emotions. When you read about Zoe going through these emotions, it makes you think how you felt going through the same emotions. Like whenever she was close to Adrien, it made me think of the first time I fell in love. Or when she was afraid of getting caught by the Regulators, I remember going through the same thing when I did something.
What is awesome about the world-building in a futuristic world is that there are going to be things that are similar to our world, but a whole bunch of things that are way different. Some authors can pull it off, and I think Heather did amazing job in the world building. The Community, the Chancellor, the Regulators, the human becoming controlled, all of it was amazing and believable. She doesn’t make it hard to comprehend how the world changed into this controlled underground environment.
Ah the romance! There is a love triangle but not a bad one. Adrien, a rebel boy part of the Resistance, has been having visions of Zoe before he actually met her. So, he knew a lot about her that would make him have some feelings for her. When he finally meets her, I can see how that could spark bigger emotions.
Then she has to forget him! Damnit, why!? Just when I was getting excited for them being together, they have to become separated again.
Zoe goes back to thinking she is alone in glitching, and is trying hard to keep her secret, secret. Then, all of sudden, her friend Maximin is kissing her and she freaks out. She isn’t alone and Max has a gift of his own. Zoe then wants to find out if there any other glitchers like them, but Max just wants it only to be her and him.
I think a lot of science fiction lovers will love this book. If not, at least give it a try. For me, I am in love with this book and can’t wait for the next.
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