August 17, 2012
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GLITCH by Heather Anastasiu
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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.
In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Publish Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
** This title was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **
How would I describe Glitch? I would call it a Dystopian type Sci-Fi read. Glitch describes a world somewhere in the 23rd century where people live under the surface of the earth. Humans no longer have a mind of their own. To rid humanity of feeling and emotion, they are implanted with a computer chip. But for some of the younger citizens in the Community, their chip malfunctions causing them to glitch. It is during these glitching periods that they can actually see real colour, feel emotions, and be free. But that’s not all, for when someone starts to glitch, they tend to have an unusual power such as shape shifting, xray vision, telekinesis.
Such is the case for main protagonist Zoe (aka Zoel). Zoe has been glitching, but to be caught as glitching or showing anomalous behaviour would mean that she would need to go in for diagnostic testing or worst case scenario…deactivation.
After being called into a sublevel to be checked due to anomalous behaviour, Zoe finds herself in a pretty terrifying predicament. The individual she finds in the room who is supposed to do her diagnostic check is not your everyday servicer. He is wearing the clothes of an Official…A high ranking official no less. After putting something into her access port behind her neck, Zoe finds herself unable to defend herself against the advances of this Official.
Fear not fellow readers…enter Adrian on his white horse! Ok, no horse but still ENTER ADRIAN to save the day! And save the day he does! Adrian shows her another life that is possible for her and all other glitchers. A life of freedom. But with the Uppers, Regulators, and the new Chancellor of the Academy breathing down their necks, will Zoe and her fellow glitchers ever get a chance at being free?
Glitch was an action packed read that left the question “Who the heck do you trust?” running over and over again in your mind. The multiple plot twists and turns that author Heather Anastasiu has weaved into this book is one that will keep you turning the pages until the very end.
This world created by Ms. Anastasiu was one that was reminiscent of a mixture of the movie The Stepford Wives meets a Twilight Zone episode. It was one that you could easily find yourself immersed in. The vivid details used by Ms. Anastasiu made it all the more easier to imagine the surroundings and imagine a life within this new world and Community.
The characters created were wonderfully written and easily likeable. Although there was a bit of instant love, it was more of a one sided instant love as Adrian has slowly been falling in love with Zoe through he many visions of her. Max was a character that I had loved to hate to love! His role in Glitch was one that kept me on my toes, which made the read all that more exciting. I love it when an author pours so much personality into her characters that you hate them when characters in the novel hate them, and love them when said characters love them.
I would recommend this book to fans of a different type of Sci-Fi read with a Dystopian twist. I can’t wait to see what Heather Anastasiu has up her sleeve for the next installment.
I tried to reach around to yank the drive out of my neck but I couldn’t move. I was completely immobile. I could still feel everything – I could feel my arms and legs but I couldn’t move them.
He reached out and put a sweaty hand on my face, then moved it slowly down to my neck. What was going on? I tried to pull back or yell but my lips didn’t move and no sound came out. He started laughing. A chill ran down my still spine.
No, I tried to yell. I knew he could deactivate me in an instant, and I could do nothing to stop him. He could upload anything through that drive and break my programming and hurt me in so many different ways – ways I couldn’t even imagine. I could only sit in mute horror, and my eyes stung in the strange way they did when I was scared or sad. I was suddenly sure that even though I didn’t know exactly what was going on, something very bad was about to happen. And I was powerless to stop it.
My heart was hammering in my chest but the monitor was silent – another result of whatever horrible hardware he’d invaded me with. Out of all the things I’d feared, this, whatever this was, hadn’t even been on my list.
My eyes were the only part of me that wasn’t completely paralyzed, and I looked frantically around the room. There had to be something I could do, but all I could see was myself, alone and frozen in the room with a stranger who had absolute control. A stranger who was getting close to me, wielding tools I had never seen before.
I heard the high-pitched hum in my head – the same as when I’d seen the girl falling from the platform. I paused. Of course. He might have my body trapped, but what about my mind?
My panic bubbled up and I embraced it, reaching out with my screaming thoughts to surround every contour of the side-table lamp with my mind’s humming energy. But I couldn’t control it. I could never control it. The lamp exploded, and my heart pounded in panic and dread. The man looked up, surprised at the noise and sudden darkness. Terror made the buzzing in my brain explode.
As the official let out a surprised gasp, the door crashed open and a lanky boy burst in. With a burst of fear, I immediately recognized the green-eyed boy. He scanned the room before finding a blanket, yanking it off the bed, and throwing it over the official, his arm wrapping around the man’s neck in a tight V and squeezing. The man’s arms fluttered uselessly and then he crumpled forward and stopped moving.
In my mind I was screaming, but I still couldn’t move, couldn’t even make a sound. The boy glanced my way and saw the terror shining in my eyes.
“I’m so sorry I didn’t get here sooner,” he said in a rush. “I didn’t see until too late.”
See what? I wanted to ask, but my vocal cords were still paralyzed.
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