Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
St. Martin’s Press, 308 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: ARC from Netgalley
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Glitch #1
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.
Glitch was the type of book that starts after the protagonist has already started to experience adverse events. In the case of this book, Zoe or Zoel, has been experiencing glitches that takes her offline from the Link and puts her in danger of being discovered and sent for “Adjustment”. That is a nice way to say that the techs will be digging around in your brain a bit to make sure your port in the base of your neck with the link is working properly. [I know. Yikes!] If they can’t “fix” you, the Uppers and techs of the Community decide to basically kill you, although they used the term “deactivation”.
The Link to The Community has been keeping the population (now living underground due to an apparent World War 3 scenario has played out above-ground), numb from emotion and making their own decisions. All sensations, emotions, and even colors have been sucked out of the world for anyone connected to the Link, but not anymore for our teenage, female protag.
Okay, so here were my likes and dislikes:
- It was science fiction, which I enjoyed
- Post-apocalyptic (or is it?) society living underground
- Reminded me a little bit of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me books & X-Men (with the “special abilities” of the kids)
- The antagonist…seriously easy to loathe entirely
- Adrien *sigh* He was dreamy, sweet, and respectful. While I understand the need to show how different two people are: Linked & never-Linked…I would have preferred the absence of a semi-love-triangle situation.
- I swear if I had to read the word “anomalous” one more time, I was going to lose my mind. I started to replace it in my head as I read it with absurd substitutes (e.g. sketchy). [Side bar: I work in the field of scientific research, so I come across this word a lot to describe statistical output and results of lab tests.] Seeing it SO many times throughout the book was exhausting and a bit unnecessary.
- The interaction between Maximin (which made me think of the min/max thermometers we have to have for clinical trials) & Zoe was way too much for me. I think his behavior, while probably realistic, made me incredibly uncomfortable to read about. His overtly sexual interactions with Zoe could have been limited to a one-time thing where she told him off, but they continued to happen. I really could have gone without the cringey & inappropriate advances Max kept making. (Ugh, I wish Adrien could have swooped in and saved the day faster).
- Zoel. It is unfortunate that her character was so one dimensional and quite ordinary. Only her telekinesis & love for her brother made her more interesting to me as a reader.
I will give credit where credit is due to the author. I liked the premise, the action was good, the storyline was unique, so overall, the book was not a bad read. However, there were a few issues I had, but nothing that would keep me from recommending this book to the sci-fi crowd.