Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Glitch ~ Heather Anastasiu Review & Giveaway

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Description via 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.

Title: Glitch
Author: Heather Anastasiu
371 pages
Pub Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Review copy via Publisher and NetGalley

I liked the dystopia aspect of Glitch. An entire society is living underground because the surface is toxic. And each person is outfitted with a V-chip. I just wish we knew more about it. What exactly is the "V-chip?" The chips allow control by the Community. No one has emotion, or original thought. Instead they are worker bees for the community and once they become unproductive, they are decommissioned.

One thing that the Community didn't count on was the Glitchers. Essentially, it's when people are not Linked and begin to have thought and feelings. And Zoe is Glitching. And trying not to get noticed. But she does, and everything changes.

And now, let's look at the Love Triangle. (What would my reviews be without them!) This one takes the cake in the Top Ten Triangles that I Absolutely DETEST! Adrien & Max. Max & Adrien. Ugh. Adrien isn't too bad per se, but once Zoe meets him, it is insta-love. And they have already declared their 'feelings' for each other. Now Max. Max is...well...a pushy, possessive, obsessive, rapist-in-training dick. He seems to have it in his mind that Zoe is his and only his and that she should spread her legs IMMEDIATELY for him. Seriously? The way he treated Zoe made me nervous. I was afraid we would be forced to read something that I really did not want to!

So, with all of the emotions flying out left and right I was becoming more and more agitated and upset. So I was talking to my husband about the story. And then it hit me. These kids have no clue how to react and handle their emotions! "He's never been taught how to cope with it." And this completely changed my outlook on the book. They have no clue. So when you read this debut novel, keep this this in mind. They have to learn how to deal with emotions.

Okay. At one point in the novel, Zoe sees the sky for the first time. It was such a beautiful scene that I have to share part of it with you.
"The sky was right above me. It was beautiful and horrible all at the same time. It was just like in my nightmares."

Then the History girl in me loved this line, so share time! And it works for just about every dystopia novel!
"History isn't all fact-it's just the story the victors tell to keep themselves in power."

So there you go. Glitch took me much longer to read than I wanted. Simply put, it was just not my cup of tea, but I am glad I stuck with it. The last few chapters alone were worth it. So many shocks; it was amazing!

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