Friday, August 10, 2012
Book Review: Glitch
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.
I was really looking forward to reading Glitch, because I adore dystopian books and I thought the summary sounded cool. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as I'd hoped.
The opening chapter drew me in right away, and it was interesting up until...bam. Insta-love at chapter three. Zoe meets Adrien and, on page 38, after just meeting him, claims that "he was different from any person I'd ever met." Me: *facepalm* Then, by the end of the story, they declare their love for each other. Zoe states that "the connection I felt to him was unlike anything I felt for anyone else in the world." *headdesk* So yeah, the romance just didn't seem realistic to me.
Adrien is actually an okay character. Despite the stalker-ish vibe he gave off at first (he's kind of obsessed with Zoe because he's seen visions that she will save the world), he was sweet and very determined to protect Zoe and do what's right. Max, on the other hand...ugh. He was a Creep with a capital C. He was aggressive and constantly getting angry and there was not a single likable thing about him. So honestly, I don't know why the love triangle between Zoe, Adrien, and Max was even necessary.
I didn't connect much with Zoe, either. I disliked her indecision and how she was torn between the two guys. But, despite that I wasn't crazy about the characters, I did get involved in the story. The action scenes were tense, and I was constantly afraid Zoe would be discovered by the Community and get in trouble. And I really liked the dystopian world and the technology that the author created; it was definitely unique.
Basically, I enjoyed Glitch aside from my issues with the characters and love triangle. But I don't think it was good enough to re-read, and I'm not sure if I'll be interested enough to buy the sequel when it comes out.
My rating: 5 out of 10
~ The Bookworm