Saturday, 11 August 2012

Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Title: Glitch
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Format: eGalley
Publication Date: August 7th 2012

Tell Me About It
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 Thoughts
When I first began reading Glitch I fell in love with the whole idea behind the story and the world Heather has created.  Everyone is connected to the Link, but there are no secrets.  Every thought you have is monitored and thoughts that don't align with the Community's way of thinking result in deactivation.
The protagonist, Zoel (aka Zoe), has a glitch that allows her connection to the Link to be broken.  The glitches allow her to see colours, feel emotions and feelings, and have her own independent ideas.  However the more she glitches the more susceptible she is of being found out. When a child nearly falls onto a train track Zoe uses her gift to save her, one she has kept hidden, and now faces being discovered and deactivated.  Adrian comes to the rescue and we find out a lot more about these glitches and what other people also glitch.

When I began reading it was easy to fall into the world Heater has created and get lost, but as the story progressed I began to lose concentration.  The closer I got to the middle of the book the more I felt like the plot went stagnant and didn't offer much in the progression of the story, it was just everyday things that didn't really impact me.  However I continued reading and as I got the the end of Glitch the ending picked up and had me hooked.  I never knew what would happen or if their whole plan would be foiled.

While Glitch may not of been one of my top reads, I am still very interested in seeing what happens next when Override is released.

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