Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
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.
If you know me, you know that dystopia is my absolute favorite genre. I just love getting lost in a totally different world. And I enjoyed really getting into Glitch. With an interesting world setting, cool powers, and an engaging plot, Glitch was definitely an enjoyable dystopia read.
The best quality of Glitch has to be the addicting-ness of it. I just could not put this book down! Those are always my favorite types of reads. Even though there wasn’t non-stop action, I still wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. There was action in this book, however, especially at the end, which I really loved. Overall, this books is super addicting, which made me super happy.
Glitch also had some interesting world-building. Although I did wish to see some more, I was definitely intrigued by the information we did get. The world, at it’s core, reminds me a lot of Matched by Ally Condine (if you enjoyed that one, you’ll definitely like Glitch!). I liked the whole idea of being Linked, which is something we’ve see before, but the fact that nobody could feel emotions really made the book unique. I definitely look forward to learning more about the world in the next book!
There were some cool “powers” that some characters had in this book. I’ll be vague about it, since I don’t want to give away any spoilers! I’ve always been a fan of super powers (I honestly don’t know why) so I was pretty excited to hear that the characters would have powers in this book. And while I enjoyed reading about them, I wanted to know a lot more about each power, especially Zoe’s. I’m hoping that we’ll get to learn more about those powers in the next one.
The characters in this book, while they were good, were just not great. For me at least, connecting with characters is super important in books. And while I enjoyed reading about the characters in Glitch, I just couldn’t really connect with any of them. This bothered me throughout the story, but probably just because I’m pretty picky.
Overall, Glitch was an enjoyable dystopian book. There was a fantastic addicting quality, and some intiguing world-building that really caught my attention. And although I wished we got to learn a little bit more about the unique powers, and would have liked to connect with the characters more,I will definitely be picking up the next book of the series!