Monday, July 9, 2012

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Title: Glitch (Glitch #1)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Expected Publication: August 7, 2012

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My Rating:

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:

With such an enticing synopsis, I really expected to love Glitch. Unfortunately, there were a few elements that kept me from fully appreciating this book. I enjoyed the Matched-esque qualities that result in rooting for the characters to break the rules, while, at the same time, making the reader nearly sick with trepidation that they will indeed break them and get caught doing so.

The fear of being “deactivated” for having any human emotion is such a sad, yet intriguing, concept. Feelings are considered “barbaric” and “old world.” They’ve been stripped of everything - even color. I can’t imagine living in a world like that. 

“Beauty, happiness, they’re things so big they can’t capture them with their scientific words. It’s like what they used to call magic.”
“Love shouldn’t exist, but it does. It’s the biggest anomaly, some might say the biggest defect, of the whole human race. But it’s the most beautiful anomaly.  I understand that now.

(Quotes are from the ARC of Glitch and are subject to change.)

I loved the technology the author wrote about: Communication panels embedded in forearms and forceps inserted deep into noses for hardware maintenance probes? Yes, please. I probably shouldn’t admit that these are a few of my favorite things.

Glitch was going well, but then, insta-love reared its ugly, unwelcome head. I’m all for falling in love, being the romantic that I am, but this was just too much too soon... even for me. This is fiction, so, of course, every detail doesn’t have to be 100% realistic, but I need to not be put off by it, either. There is an explanation for one character’s sudden and strong feelings, but I wasn’t convinced and wish it had been a slow-building mutual attraction instead.

Another problem I had with the story was the characters’ choice of expletives. Shuntin’ and crackin’ are used predominantly throughout the book, and, while I have no issues with the occasional curse, some variety in these exclamations would have been welcome.

After putting the book down for a few days, I picked it back up and the story pulled me in more than it had before. I was able to let the weird love triangle and insta-love slide for the moment, and I began to enjoy where the author was taking the story. After the ending, I would like to know what happens next for these kids, enough so that I want to give this author and the next book a chance.

Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.