August 7, 2012
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Glitch #1
Review Source: Netgalley
Synopsis: (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.
In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
One of the most intriguing concepts in fiction -- and indeed in life, I think -- is choice and free will versus conformity and control. This concept is brought to the extreme in ‘Glitch’ where citizens are controlled by chips which remove emotions and individual thought. Problematic to this concept are the “glitchers” who start to experience these forbidden things for the first time.
Zoe is a lovely main character, one who is strong and brave despite having to go through so much. Her love and loyalty toward her brother, and also to humanity as a whole, is commendable, and I grew to care about her more and more as the book went on. I also adored Adrien and his ability to see the future. I loved how Heather Anastasiu used his ability and brought it into the story, and into his relationship with Zoe, without making him too over the top. Adrien had such devotion to Zoe, but he was also willing to let her be her own person and make her own decisions.
My one problem with this book is that I don’t quite understand why society has “progressed” (or devolved, really) to this state. I don’t understand the benefits of having society under your control in this manner. I suppose things like war are prevented because of the control, but I would’ve liked more concrete answers about who exactly the mysterious bad guys were and what they were gaining besides power itself.
This book wasn’t perfect, and I have a lot of questions about the world and who exactly the resistance are meant to be fighting, but the characters and the concept itself more than made up for it. While reminiscent of other titles (‘Delirium’ and ‘Wither’, for instance, contain similar themes), ‘Glitch’ still remains interesting, especially because of the technological aspect of the chip.
I like it, it's good. It's one of those covers where the title treatment is the most amazing part of it.
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