Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
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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.
It's no secret (or is it?) that I love sci-fi. If you've read reviews of this, you probably know how people say that this isn't different from any other YA dystopian/sci-fi novels. And I guess that's true. There wasn't really anything new - a society being controlled. People who are trying to break away. But I still enjoyed it. Maybe that just says something about me, but maybe it also says something about GLITCH.
GLITCH didn't start off with a bang. The beginning was rather weak; there were so many terms used that I didn't fully understand and my interest wasn't being captured. Eventually, the world-building got better, though I can't say it was by very much.
By far, Zoe was my favorite part of this. Her emotions - emotions that she's not supposed to have - came through so clearly. To me, she was a very realistic character. For the most part, her reactions made sense to me. She's not one of the strongest heroines you'll ever meet, but that's what makes her so great. She's not always fierce or brave, but she's not always meek and terrified. She's real.
Until Max came in, that is. Max is basically your average emotional teenage boy - and I hated him. He was awkward and with his storyline, he had the potential to be so much better. Around Max, Zoe seemed weaker to me. Adrien, on the other hand, was a great love interest. While the romance happened far too fast, I love the way Adrien and Zoe work together, both in a romantic and platonic way. (AKA when they need to be more worried about saving people than their romance.)
The plot itself felt stilted at some points and didn't make sense. However, there are definitely a few twists, and for the most part, I loved trying to figure out what would happen, what was really going on with the Community.
Overall: GLITCH probably won't make you cry. It won't make you afraid to sleep in the dark. But it will keep you entertained and immerse you in a world where if you can't be fixed, you're gotten rid of. I definitely think it's something you should definitely check out if you're low on things to read. 3.5 stars.