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.
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Edition: Paperback, 371 pages
Genre: Dystopian + paranormal
You may think the young-adult dystopian genre is tired. I would have to agree with you. But seriously, read GLITCH. GLITCH combines elements of dystopian classics such as City of Ember and The Giver, adds a little telekinesis, and stirs. I enjoyed it.
Originally, the similarities to the above works bothered me a little. But the beauty of the world Heather Anastasiu creates in GLITCH is in the little details, not the big picture which is reminiscent of many recent dystopians. It’s the way they refer to death as “deactivation.” It’s how somehow, every time plugging a drive into the neck port or using a subcutaneous keyboard is mentioned my skin crawls a little.
The plot of GLITCH was also great. Readers may find the romance a touch insta-lovey, but I personally didn’t mind. When I think about the romance of this book, I think about the obvious second-choice in the love triangle (think Jacob in Twilight), Max, my favorite character of the book by far. He’s selfish, controlling, is guilty of Nice Guy Syndrome, and the list goes on. But Anastasiu manages to redeem him and justify his actions. There are even a few twists that I didn’t even see coming.
Of course, there were a couple low points for me. Anastasiu diverges from the traditional story arc by showing Zoe after she has already started to figure out the purpose of life. (Damn if that doesn’t sound over-existentialist for YA.) This seemed a little weird to me, but okay. Then she makes great, great usage of dramatic irony and everything about that just seemed like a weird choice. Interesting, but weird nonetheless.
However, even counting those minor blips (gettit? Blips? It’s a book about technology? Oh, I’m brilliant) I still really liked GLITCH by Heather Anastasiu. If you’re tired of seeing the same ol’ thing in dystopian fiction but still want to read dystopian fiction, this is a good fit for you.