Book Review: Glitch

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Glitch Cover

Title: Glitch (Glitch #1)

Author: Heather Anastasiu

Summary: [from 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.

My Review

Glitch was a bit of an oddball read for me. I picked it up on a “bad day” bookstore run, knowing I’d want to read it eventually, but I didn’t really intend to pick it up that soon. Honestly, it souned a little like something I thought I’d read before, so I was a little leery of it.

While Glitch did indeed remind me of another book (Feed anyone?) there was a refreshing recombination of elements that I enjoyed. The way the technology could play with Zoe’s memory was incredibly frustrating but in a good way. I spent most of the book wanting to yell at her for being stupid, but hating myself for the impulse because she couldn’t help it. I personally feel that forcibly stealing someone’s memories is the worst thing that an evil villain could possibly do, because the characters don’t even know they’ve been violated! *shivers*

The thing that kind of bugged me about the book was the “feelings” part. Zoe goes from believing all emotions are bad, and not even knowing what to call the emotions she’s having, to supposedly being in love in the space of about 2 seconds. Maybe this is just me being cynical, but shouldn’t she be a little more afraid of it? Emotions are like a muscle – ignore them for too long and suddenly you’re not going to know what to do with them. I’ve seen some people use the term “insta-love” for this phenomenon and I think it really applies here – Zoe shouldn’t know what she’s feeling for whom, much less know she wants to spend the rest of her life with one of them!

Despite my mini-rant, I did really enjoy the book. I think it was fairly well written, and had some surprising elements that make me really want to read the next one!

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Glitch”

  1. This book was actually one of the first DNF books from 2012 for me. I just couldn’t connect with the characters and the story wasn’t interesting for me – so I’m happy to hear you liked it much more than I did :)


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