Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Blog Tour: Glaze by Kim Curran

Title: Glaze
Author: Kim Curran
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: E-book
Pages: 293
Published: 15th May 2014
Also Available; 75 limited edition hardbacks from Jurassic Publishing
Goodreads Link: http://ow.ly/wIqx0
Amazon Buy Link: To come

Tell Me About It
Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see.

As her life is plunged into danger, Petri is faced with a choice. Join GLAZE… or destroy it.

When I first saw Glaze on goodreads I knew I had to read it. I have only read one of Kim's books before but I absolutely loved it. When I found out Faye was putting together a blog tour for Glaze I filled in the form and kept my fingers and toes crossed that I would get a date. I don't want to give too much away about what happen in Glaze so this review will mainly be my thoughts and what I have come away with, rather than what exactly happens in Glaze.

Imagine having the Internet, and every single type of information feed at you fingertips. That is what Glaze is, everyone over 16 can have the option to have a chip fitted, and literally have this information at a glance. All you have to do is think of something and it's there, streaming right in front of your eyes.

Petri is yet to get the chip, moving up a year in her school means that all her friends have it, and she has to wait till her 16th birthday before she can. But after attending at protest, a sarcastic remark gets her in trouble, and she is faced with the reality of having a blank chip fitted for five years with no access to Glaze, but still allow her to be traced by WhiteInc. The promise of Glaze was so close, and now seems so far away. But with the help of Ryan, a school friend, Petri soon finds herself mixed in with some very dodgy people, and eventually on Glaze. But she quickly finds out that the grass isn't always greener on the other side and finds herself dealing with more than she bargained for.

Glaze was a real page turner for me, and I think what makes it go compelling is how realistic it is. Yes we don't chips fitted inside our heads, but we have access to the internet though phones, TV's, computers, tablets, and it is getting easier and easier as technology progresses to gain access and have everything at our fingertips. The author also makes you think about what it all means. If we have access to all of this information, who else has access to us, to monitor our every move. Glaze shows how extreme this can get and what people are willing to do to get the latest update.
Km has a way of drawing the reader in and making them feel connections to the characters. I am sure at one point of another we were all like Petri, wanting to fit into the 'IT' crowd, wanting the latest gadget that was always just out of reach, and while I don't think I would go to the extremes that Petri did, people will risk a lot to achieve their desires. Glaze not only draws you in, but also leaves you questioning things once you have finished. Glaze is a MUST read.

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About the Author
Dublin-born Kim Curran is the award-nominated author of books for young adults, including Shift, Control and Delete.

She studied Philosophy & Literature at university with the plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts. While that never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter with an ad agency a week after graduating. She’s worked in advertising ever since and is obsessed with the power of the media on young minds.
She is a mentor at the Ministry of Stories and for the WoMentoring Project. And lives in London with her husband and too many books.

To find out more visit www.kimcurran.co.uk

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