Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ARC Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Author: Heather Anastasiu
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin (August 7, 2012)

Description: 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. 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 Heather Anastasiu's action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

My Thoughts: I thought Glitch was a very thought-provoking novel. It was exciting. It had a lot of danger. I didn't know if I could trust any of the characters because I didn't know what their hidden agendas were. But beyond the danger and adventure the story really made me think about the nature of people. How could Max and Zoe, both from the same background, react so differently when they started to glitch?

Zoe is terrified when she first starts to glitch. The world is more interesting when she starts having her own feelings and the world is more colorful when everything isn't dulled by the link. But it is much more dangerous too and requires so much control to hide that she is more aware than those around her. Of course, that wouldn't be enough. Zoe has also developed telekinesis though she doesn't have control over it.

When she meets Adrien and he helps her escape the Community, she is exposed to a world she never knew existed. She learns that most of what she believed about society and the surface were lies and that she and everyone she knows are more or less slaves. Adrien grew up in the Resistance. He has visions of the future. He saw her and saw her potential future importance to the Resistance and was determined to save her. The Resistance tries to save the kids who are glitching before they can be deactivated. Adrien has gone undercover many times. 

Unfortunately, Zoe has to return to the Community because she has massive deadly allergies to molds found on the surface. She goes back and has to tell lies to fit in again until she can go through a series of treatments, secretly administered by Adrien, to control the allergies and make her able to live on the surface. Then she meets Max who is also glitching. Max's psychic gift is the ability to impersonate anyone. He uses his skill to learn more about the Community. He is obsessed with Zoe and thinks he can save her as they work the system and stay part of the Community.

Zoe is torn between the two boys and their conflicting desires for her. She doesn't understand the emotions that she is feeling, doesn't understand love or hate. But she still wants freedom not just for herself but for the others who are controlled by the V-chip too. Max doesn't understand emotions either. He seems much more selfish and self-centered than Zoe. He does experience, and seems to embrace, jealousy and anger. Adrien knows emotions. He grew up with them. He is eager to help Zoe understand them and does try to define love and hate for her. 

This was an entertaining story. Because it is the start of a trilogy, the ending doesn't bring resolution to any of the plot lines. I will be looking forward to future volumes.

Favorite Quote:
My hand started shaking and a high-pitched hum echoed through my mind. Desperate, hopeless thoughts. I straightened my body, calming the fear and panic soaring through my limbs. I couldn't stay hidden forever. Everything in the city required either wrist-chip or fingerprint access. I'd be found instantly.

But then the secrets and the hiding would be over. The loneliness and the nightmares would go away. I wouldn't be broken anymore. I would be just like anyone else, whole again, part of something. this was something that had to happen.
I received this ARC from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review. You can buy a copy here.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I, too, really enjoyed this book. Especially Adrien! :)


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