- Publisher: St Martin's Press
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 25mm | 295g
- Publication date: 26 September 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1250002990
- ISBN 13: 9781250002990
- Sales rank: 41,448
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. 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 Heather Anastasiu's action-packed debut, "Glitch "begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
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HEATHER ANASTASIU grew up in Texas and now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and young son. She spends most days most days writing at a coffee shop or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo.
By Jennifer Juckes 08 Nov 2012
I have to say I was so so excited to get my hands on this book. The blurb sounded fantastic and just my kind of book. But when I read this my heart started to sink, it was the fast paced and edgy book I was hoping for. This one is a real slow burner and it took me quarter of the book to really get into it. I thought OK, maybe a shaky start and I can forgive it for that, but then it just flatlined after a couple of really exciting chapters. There just didn't seem to be the action and excitement factor in this book.
I felt like picking this book up and pretending it could be a snow globe, shaking it, and then mixing it all up to get a bit of movement going. It was lucky I never hurled it across the room in frustration.
I don't think I really got to know the characters in depth either, this didn't help, I have to feel connected to at least one of the characters but it just wasn't there for me. I can't really give this any lower than a three star rating as I have to admit after a wobbly start to the series I do see potential. So Heather Anastasiu I will give this series one more book before I give up on it.
It does leave a bad taste in the mouth when you are really expecting great things from a book and sadly it doesn't deliver. Dont' let my review put you off, it just wasn't for me........
I have to say that I am disappointed with this one, not enough action or excitement for me.
My Thoughts on the Cover:
Well purple is my favourite colour so it gets a thumbs up from me, but that aside I do like the cover as it is so relevant to the book. It is eye-catching.
**Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for giving me a copy to review.
By Dani Chapman 20 Aug 2012
As a fan of Paranormal and Dystopia books I found Glitch to be a perfect combination of both. This enjoyable book was one I did not want to put down after the first chapter. I love the way Ms. Anastasiu created this unique dystopian world. The building up of the plot and the depth of the characters were just right.
Zoel is basically like a drone, just like the humans in her Community. Everyone is implanted with certain kind of hardware that keeps them calm and at peace. If you start glitching (thinking or feeling for yourself) you are supposed to report it so you can either be reprogrammed or deactivated. Zoe starts glitching but chooses to try and hide it. She soon learns she also has a strange gift as well. She then discovers that she is not alone, that there are others out there glitching as well.
This dystopian adventure does have a bit of romance in it. Zoe meets two boys who have feelings for her. First there is Adrian works with the Resistance and can see the future. Then there is Max a new glitcher who is also a shapeshifter. This love triangle only adds to the emotional journey Zoe goes through in order to survive with her new understanding and awareness.
I think Glitch is a wonderful and entertaining book and I am looking forward to reading the next installment of this new series.
By Randa 03 Aug 2012
I love this futuristic cover and how the colors are used. Each time there was a "port" word or paragraph related, I went back and stared at this cover, trying to imagine exactly how it looked like and what they were talking about :).
This is my number one favorite dystopian book of all times and of 2012 especially.
From chapter one, I knew I was going to love it.
First of all, the whole story here is set in a future underworld called the Community because the Surface (or as they call it the "Old World") has been demolished by nuclear war.
People in the Community, who are called Subjects, aren't just normal people, they don't feel anything. They have V chips in their brains which keep them from feeling anything but pain to prevent Wars and cruel works within the human race. There is also the Link, which is a sort of connection that keeps the people in the community always connected to the main Community Systems. So they're always monitored and information are always playing on their vision and in their minds. They're basically humans turned into robots.
However, Zoel, the main character in this book, is a Community Subject who starts glitching. Meaning, sometimes she becomes no longer connected to the Link, therefore, she can think, feel and sense everything around her in color.
She struggles to live in the Community with her glitches becoming more insistent and random, because if she acts anomalously and gets caught by any other Subject, Monitor or Regulator (police officer in our terms), she'll be either reprogrammed which means she'll never be able to feel anything or have her thoughts in her mind again, or she'll be deactivated, which the equivalent to killed in our world.
Throughout the book, we find Zoel discovering the truths about the Old World that the Community kept hidden in order to prevent Subjects from ever thinking of escaping or going to the Surface.
Also, she meets new people whom later have helped her, betrayed her and fallen in love with her. And gets introduced to the Resistance (a.k.a the Rez as Adrien calls it) and becomes their newest hope.
Towards the ending, Zoel becomes stronger, determined on helping everyone and most of all free and hopeful of a better future.
What I loved:
- The world Heather has created is unique and full of surprises. You can't predict anything because you'll be surprised at what happens next each time.
- The writing was smooth and clear.
- The story itself was well paced and everything happened when and where it should have.
- The characters were realistic and mysterious. You could never trust any of them. They all had secrets and lied about something or have been lied to.
- This book had romance. And I don't like romance at all but I loved this romance. It wasn't rushed, pushed nor delayed. It came naturally. Even the small time when there was a love triangle, it wasn't like the usual ones, like I thought, it was a good and honest one. And I think Heather did a great job with it :).
- There were a lot of intense moment in this book in terms of action, expectations, hopes, fear, terror and discovery.
- The twists in this book were priceless. I had my head spinning each time I found one and didn't predict it! It doesn't happen a lot to me. So this book kept me double checking my theories and facts each time there was something suspicious.
- The ending. It wasn't like a cliffhanger or anything. It ended peacefully, if I might add. It just left me with tons of unanswered questions and speculations. I was dying to read the sequel and then remembered that this book is not even out yet!
What I disliked:
Maybe the way Zoel sounded a little dump at the end for the tiniest moment?
But it didn't affect me at all.
Subject Zoel Q-24 (a.k.a Zoe): The protagonist in this story. From the very first chapter, I liked her. She's strong willed, friendly, kind, determined and very trust worthy. And most importantly, she loves her family and wishes that one day they'll love her back. She goes thru a lot of difficulties in this book most of them which are emotional ones, since she's never felt anything and doesn't even have names for what she feels. Also because she has a Gift, the gift of moving things with her mind that is called Telekinesis which she can't control, at all. At the four last chapters, I could clearly see her leader instincts kick in, especially in the 23rd chapter. She was amazing!
Adrien: You might wonder why I haven't written Subject in his name, well, because he's somehow not one. He's been a member of the Rez since he was born. He meets Zoe in the first quarter of the book but because she had a hardware attached to her (not going to spoil anymore details!) she couldn't remember him later. She didn't need to. He earned her trust all over again by himself. He fights for what he believes in and he's very dedicated to his job. He's also trust worthy and a very good friend. At the end, it becomes unclear whether Adrien is on the good or bad side but later we find out (and so does Zoe a little behind...). His Gift is the ability to have glimpses of the future, especially when there's danger looming closely.
Subject Maximin (a.k.a Max): Okay. So, to be honest and clear, he is my very least favorite character in the book. Anyways, he's in the same class with Zoe and she always gave him extra lessons. Until she found out he was a glitcher too. Not that this was an enough surprise, but he also showed in so many direct body languages that he "wanted" her. I have nothing good to support Mr. Max, he has almost always a bad temper, he hates everyone and loves only Zoe. He doesn't care about her hopes and wishes to help other glitchers, and sometimes even hurts her with his words. Hmmm, yep, I hate him a lot! His ability obviously fulfills his needs, and is very suitable for him actually, he can impersonate anyone with his Gift.
Other character worth mentioning is: Molla, another glitcher who can see thru things like walls or even a body. She develops a crush on Max and has an unfortunate accident. But don't worry, she lives.
When I have a favorite books which I adored and memorized every sentence and expression in it, it's hard to pick favorite quotes. Because I just loved it all!
But here are three that should help you choose to read the book :).
The retina display flickered into view and scrolled a chatter of data at the edges of my field of vision. Auditory inputs clicked back online too, a slight hum in the background. One by one, each of my senses dimmed, replacing my connection to the physical world with the connection to the Link. In a blink, the small bit of color in my room seeped away to a monotone gray. --- Chapter 1.
A smile played at the edges of his lips. "You wanna join the Rez?"
"Of course! What else would I do once we escaped? I want to help Molla. And I want to stop the . . . the . . ." I threw my hands up in the air. "I don't even have a word bad enough for the Uppers who've done this to us."
"Godlam'd shunting bastards is my name of choice."
I laughed a little. "Okay." --- Chapter 15.
Molla stiffened beside me.
"Regulators," she whispered, terror making her body start shaking again. She grabbed Max's arm, I wasn't sure if it was to steady herself or shield him.
"Where?" Adrien said, looking around in confusion.
"Twelve of them on the other side of the door up there," she said. "They're waiting for us."
"Cracking hell," Adrien and I said at the same time. --- Chapter 22.
This book is totally my favorite dystopian book by far. And it would take a lot of another book to change that. Maybe after all, I should check out Divergent?!
While reading this book I remembered one of my favorite movies of all time, Equilibrium with Christian Bale, I just think they have the same concept which made easier for me to understand and imagine what was going on :).
This book is a must read for any dystopian fans who'd like to be amazed and fall in love with a real good book.
By Sarah 15 Jul 2012
Computer chips are implanted to control the minds in this emotionless community that Zoel, known to her friends as Zoe, lives in. When she starts to have glitches, and soon finds out she isn't the only one.
There's two different boys in the book, both couldn't be any different. Adrian, was great and Max who I didn't like at all, I think the book would have been just fine without him.
It reminded me of a different book, in a way, with the computer chips. And there were some resemblances to other books as well.
This book was easy to get into because Zoe is already glitching when you start the book. This one comes out August 7, 2012. Book two Override is due February 2013. I'm not sure if I'll be checking that one out to be honest.
Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing an advance copy!
By Hannah 12 Jul 2012
As random as it may sound, one of the things I love most about dystopian fiction is the setting of the world that we now live in, and Heather has portrayed possibly one of my favourite 'scenarios' to date. A society which is controlled by what the government says is right and wrong - every move dictated by a Link that runs the way people live. This is the Community, where Zoe lives - and where Zoe starts to glitch - a malfunction in her Link causing her to have proper human emotions and thought - something that the Community thought that they had wiped out forever.
Glitch for me was a book that I knew could not disappoint me in anyway. While I was a little scared just in case it did, I plunged right into it and never wanted to come up for air.
The whole world that Heather has created was just breath-taking. What I love in dystopians is authors taking ideas to new levels, and there are a lot out there that use the same generic formula that while I still love it, it does get old. Heather took the idea of an oppressed society, and built something incredibly fascinating and real out of it that you can actually see it happening in the future. But that wasn't what grabbed me the most. By the time the end of the novel came around, you've got a pretty comfortable idea about what the Community is like and how it exists (without wanting to spoil, the Community is underground - it's not safe to go up above) and then Heather just drops this big bomb on the whole thing that you kind of say to yourself, "Why didn't I know that was coming?" And why? Because for once, a dystopian has me so completely enthralled that I'm not paying attention to the details, the little clues that are scattered around the book. You feel like a fool afterwards, because it's so damn obvious, but hey, that's all part of the fun, right? Everything was extremely detailed as well - applause there. I felt like I knew what I was reading about the entire way through.
Zoe was such a breath of fresh air as well. I loved every part of her journey, and I felt like I was in one of those out of body experiences while reading, like I had been transported right into the Community and was watching everything alongside of her. The whole of idea of oppressed emotions...I can't even begin to imagine how that feels. And then to go and start glitching like Zoe does - it's practically asking for a one way ticket to Emotional Town. I've read many reviews already about how people didn't like that Zoe doesn't understand emotions, and then all of a sudden she'd name one or feel one instantly. But that's completely what I loved about this. Emotion isn't something that is taught, it's an instant reaction. Hell, I can't even say I know what love feels like yet, even though I feel like I've known what it is. But for me, it's just been heartbreak. I didn't know what anger was when I first felt it as a child, I just knew that it was anger. We are emotional people as human beings, and it's something that comes naturally to us. I can't explain it that well, but, just know what I mean!!! Zoe is going through so much, and it all comes at once. Love, anger, frustration.
And Adrien...oh be still my beating heart. He was just...amazing. I have a lot of time for Adrien. Sure, his words crack me up, but that's what makes him unique. He's different from what most of our usual dystopian guys are like, but for me, he is right up there along the likes of Four. He's confident and not too overbearing and just generally an all round nice guy. Most guys in dystopian are tough hard nuts, but not Adrien. While I thought the triangle with Max was a little underplayed, I'm so excited for the sequel because I want to know more about Max and if he will do what I think he will. If you are wondering who Max is, he's the other guy.
If you are after a dystopian novel that is completely spellbindingly brilliant, then this is a novel for you. Be prepared to be torn apart and have everything you thought you know go out the window. Open yourself up to emotion, and don't be afraid of it - it's a huge part of your own identity and shapes who you are as a person. An extremely compelling and enthralling read that will have you on the end of your seat and want more and more!
"A taut, irresistible novel, "Glitch "delivers a pitch-perfect blend of action, romance, and twists that take your breath away." --Andrea Cremer, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Nightshade series "GLITCH kept me up long past bedtime with its quick pace, wonderfully creepy technology, and a frighteningly believable world. Fans of dystopian novels will love this delightful debut."-Jodi Meadows, author of "Incarnate" ""Glitch" is full of twists that will make you think right is wrong and up is down, not to mention keep you guessing until the very last page. A thoroughly enjoyable read, with a world that is both frightening and intriguing, and a romance that will leave readers breathless." --Elana Johnson, author of "Possession "