By: Heather Anastasiu
Released: August 7, 2012
Purchase the Book: Amazon
"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." (Summary from goodreads.com)
I liked Glitch but unfortunately this book fell a bit short for me. I was really excited when I first heard about this story because the concept sounded amazing. The concept was very interesting but it was not developed enough and it was difficult to connect with the characters.
Zoel is living in a world where the citizens are implanted with computer chips that control them. However Zoel's chip is starting to "glitch" but she must keep it a secret. I thought Zoe was an interesting protagonist but I just couldn't connect with her even when her computer chip wasn't working.
Zoe then meets Adrien whose computer chip also doesn't work. I liked Adrien but I wish I could have gotten to know him better. I thought the relationship between him and Zoe was rushed. Then there is Max whose chip is also not working and I really struggled to like him.
My favorite aspect of this book was definitely the world that Anastasiu introduces the reader to. The chips are implanted into every person to maintain order which is practically turning them into mindless robots. It was so interesting and I really enjoyed learning about it. I definitely wish that it was developed more though because at times it could get confusing. I especially liked the last few chapters the most. The plot was exciting enough for me to keep reading and I will probably read the next book still because I'm interested enough in this story and characters to find out what will happen next. Overall I liked Glitch and found the concept to be really interesting.