Saturday, August 11, 2012

Blog Tour + (Closed) Giveaway: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Published date: August 7 2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Pages: 371 (paperback)

Summary: (Goodreads)

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.


Before I begin, I just want to say a huge thank you to Shane @ Itching for Books for allowing me to participate in this blog tour! 

The world of teen literature has been absolutely consumed by dystopian. Completely and utterly. There are a few hidden gems in this madness, but I can honestly say, Glitch was teetering precariously on the horrid side of this. The deeper we go into this sub-genre of sorts, the more like the others they become. It seems as if everyone suddenly got the same idea and then all proceed to write about. One mediocre copy after another. 

First of all, the terms of people, things, acts, and statuses that make this book what it is are mere copies of other books. I would sit here and list them but I fear it would be more than just a few! There were some plots in this novel that were indeed more original than others. Those idea were the genius that made me like this book more than I originally would've. Those ideas made me think that this series will be one of the greatest YA dystopian series in its own day. Those last few words, in its own day, need to be applied very readily to this series. I feel like it needs to separate from the all-ready-done and form fully into this purely-amazing-new-series.  

The beginning of this book-in all honesty-was completely boring and uninteresting. I'd seen it all before, and more than once. It just seemed to never end. We see glimpses into Zoe's, the main protagonist, life. Everyday is the same. Be a drone, live with drones. The Link is like a numbing network, when hooked up to it you feel nothing. But she begins to glitch and ends up feeling emotions, the concept new and exciting. Lies and political intrigue begins to unfold and everything soon isn't as it seems. 

I felt like this book could be a lot better, but I don't know how that is. This book's plot line was full of multiple twists and turns, making me dizzy. The antagonist seemed to switch places a few times, and then the title lands once and for all on a certain person's head. Everything felt jumbled and chaotic, but in the end, the plot line exploded with life and action. The story flew into gear and things were set into motion that make me want to read the sequel. I think Anastasiu has real talent, but I just wish in the next novel to this action-packed new series that she should really delve deep and discover a world of her own making. If that happens, Anastasiu will be branded as one of the greatest teen literature authors of our time. 


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