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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Blog Tour Stop (Review + Giveaway): Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Series: Glitch #1
Young Adult
Pages: 371
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
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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.

*Digital galley provided by publisher for the blog tour and an honest review*

Glitch has a really great hooking synopsis. When I first came across this novel I knew that this was a book that I needed to read, needed to get my hands on. Computer chips? Link networks? A science fiction novel all for the taking and I love science fiction. And when I did the hype didn't satisfy me like I wanted it too. Don't you just hate when that happens?

The concept and the whole idea of being embedded with  chips and having those who start "glitching" becoming enhanced with a certain power but learning what it truly means to feel and live without the bounds the chip holds on them. Zoe really was a character trying to get used to. Being in her head proved difficult seeing as how she blames herself and mopes and the works. She had potential, but she ended up falling a little too flat onto the concrete slab called Mary Sue. Sometimes I found her interesting, but mostly she was a difficult character and one that could not be liked in the end, and that can turn off many people, because if you can't find yourself liking the main character what can you like? Well, the premise and the dystopian world really is one aspect that you can look forward to. And for those die-hard romance fanatics you have the love triangle/insta-love foundation going on.

Oh, most of the people who read my reviews know that love triangles aren't my favorite things. I mean, in this book the love triangle doesn't really feel like a love triangle because I cannot see how Max, the second love interest, is portrayed in a obscene and forceful nature. I couldn't see him as a potential love interest, I really couldn't. And Adrien, the first, became the insta-love contestant with Zoe. Not even twenty-something pages is and Boom! She trusts him, feels comfortable with him, and falls hard. Adrien wasn't a bad character, he was so, so much better than Max could ever be. But his renditions on curse words are atrocious and aggravating. It's like reading the lingo the Cast ladies give to Zoey and her gang from the House of Night series. I just couldn't do it. Those were two of the flaws Adrien really had with me (insta-love & lingo) besides that he was alright and the romance wasn't half bad. I just wish I could've enjoyed it better without the insta-love.

Final Summation:  Glitch was an interesting science fiction/dystopian rendition. I found the hype to have me disappointed in the end after reading it. With a main character that could use more work and needed a push out of Mary Sue territory, insta-love, and a love triangle that really made me wonder why it was a love triangle in the first place, Glitch had a few glitches of its own, but it does make for an interesting tale with an interesting take on the world when technology decides to really take over our lives.

First Line: I felt it coming this time.
Story: A
Cover: S