July 16, 2012

Review of The Glimpse by Claire Merle


In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society, and as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.

The Glimpse by Claire Merle

Publish Date:  June 7, 2012

Publisher:  Faber & Faber

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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
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Imagine living in a world where you’re class is determined by whether or not you have a mental disability.  To either live a privileged life as a Pure (not at all affected by the BIG3 – Schizophrenia, Depression, or Anxiety) or to be banished outside of the walls amongst the Crazies.

For the better part of her life, Ana has lived her life as a Pure until her curiosity surrounding the death of her mother got the best of her, and brought on the attention of the Board.  After further DNA testing, the life that she knows it changes as she is declared a Sleeper, never knowing when and if she will become affected by the BIG3.

Slowly, the people around Ana start to disappear…her best friend, Tamsin, disappears, and Jasper, the boy she is to be joined with in order to be allowed to stay within the walls amongst the Pures, has been kidnapped.  Slowly, everything and everyone that Ana has always trusted starts to make her doubt where her loyalties should lie…even her father.  As Ana goes to seek the truth, and find out what has happened to Jasper, her paths cross a group of Activists who are on the path to obtaining the truth about the DNA tests.  Among this group is a boy named, Cole.  Could both their lives be intertwined due to forces unknown?

The Glimpse by Claire Merle is an eye opener.  The world that she has depicted is one of fear and loss, with very little hope.   We follow the path of Ariana Barber, daughter of highly acclaimed geneticist Ashby Barber, who is the plays a huge role in the DNA tests that are performed by the Board who basically determine whether or not you are going to go crazy.    Merle has created such a strong and courageous character in Ana.  As you read The Glimpse, you will see the different scenarios in which Ana puts herself into harm’s way, and watch as she sacrifices even herself, in order to save those that she loves.

Speaking of strong and courageous characters, let’s not forget about Cole.  Ohhhh Cole.  He is one dreamy rebel.  As the story progressed, and the more I read about Cole and Ana’s interactions, he was one male lead that I could not help but crush on.  To base everything solely on “a glimpse”, which is pretty much like a vision, or more like a prophecy.

I will admit that it took me quite some time to get into the groove of this book.   There were times where I was ready to put the book aside and move on.  But suffice it to say, I am so glad that I powered through.  Once Ana does something quite stupid, in order to find Jasper, I couldn’t stop reading.  The events that take place are heartbreaking and nerve wracking.  Multiple emotions poured out of me as I read through the pages.

The ending leaves off with a hopeful sequel with promises of more Cole moments and hopefully to find out what exactly is going on with Ana’s father.

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  1. ReadingPenguin

    This is only the second time I’ve ever seen this book, but I have to say it’s intriguing. It’s just such an interesting concept–a world free of depression and anxiety? People shunned for having them? Interesting.

  2. Disincentive

    Arr, I read ARC of it and I’m still not sure if I liked it :x

  3. Chapter by Chapter

    It’s very hit and miss. Some have enjoyed, others not so much. I think what finalized my decision in the end was reading about her time in the you know where looking for Jasper and the stuff that she went through. That part was written so well, and drew up so much emotion. It was from that point on that I liked it.

  4. Interesting review. I have been curious about this one but even reading reviews I haven’t been able to make up my mind if I would be interested or not. Your review has me a little more interested and it cleared a few things up for me too. Thank you!

  5. kimbacaffeinate

    I love the cover of this and have been curious. I cannot image a world like that..where do you draw the line. Great review!

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