Author: Heather Anastasiu
Genre: YA, dystopian, romance
Publication Date: August 7, 2012 (St. Martin’s Griffin/Macmillan – North America)
Source: NetGalley review copy
Summary: 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.
☆: 1.5/5 stars – a bunch of tired YA tropes mashed into one book. very disappointing.
Review: I had high hopes for this one – but I’m afraid it’s another case of cover seduction and blurb envy. While Anastasiu has a great hold on sensory language and imagery, that’s about all that I could appreciate about this one. While I realize it may be aimed toward younger readers, this one just didn’t particularly stand out against the onslaught of dystopian books that’s been flooding the YA market within the past few years. Sadly, this one just wasn’t for me.
So, the good part: sensory language and imagery. Anastasiu does a pretty good job with relating to the reader how very bleak and grey it is within the world of the Link/Community – and the difference when she “glitches” and sees color, feels texture, tastes things, and so forth. Parts of it felt a bit like the MC was experiencing synesthesia, which I always love seeing in books because the descriptions can be pretty epic. Whilst the descriptions here didn’t reach epic proportions, they were still pretty great. And this is what saved the book from getting a negative star rating.
For the parts that just weren’t for me: insta-love, yet another love triangle that felt forced, a lot of stilted dialogue, poor to non-existent worldbuilding, and a lot more telling than showing. We get a semi-decent backstory as to why the Link/Community was created, but it just wasn’t detailed enough as it should have been. All of it was just startlingly lackluster next to other YA dystopians that have been released this year – many of which were absolutely fantastic.
In short, this one probably needed another few drafts before going to press to smooth out the technical issues in the dialog and worldbuilding areas, but it just wasn’t for me. A huge let-down, I’m sad to say.
Final verdict? If you’re already a more experienced reader in the YA dystopian genre, you might want to avoid this one. I wouldn’t exactly recommend it for young readers getting started in the genre, either. But that’s just how I see it. “Glitch” is out from St. Martin’s Griffin on August 7th in North America, so be sure to check it out then. Give it a read and decide for yourself.