Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
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.
GLITCH is a creative and exciting YA dystopian debut that will leave readers needing more! Anastasiu crafts a rich and expansive world in which emotions are wired out of humans and where having emotions or “glitching” can mean deactivation. I couldn’t help but be horrified and fascinated at the same time. This is not a society that I would want to live in, that’s for sure! While details sometimes go unexplained and some characters may not be ideal, I still couldn’t take my eyes off the pages!
Zoe is one of those girls who has a definite weak side to her in the beginning, but after going through some serious trials in her life she comes out even stronger than she ever imagined she could be. She is unlucky enough to be born into a world in which emotions are a very bad thing and though she tries to hide her glitches, she knows she won’t go unnoticed for long. Zoe doesn’t know how to cope with all the warring emotions, and while that means that she feels things way before than would be realistic normally, I could definitely understand why it happened. Who wouldn’t experience an overload of emotions after a whole life of not having them?
While I did not mind Zoe’s struggle with her emotions, there was one character who I just could not connect with at all. He was extremely volatile and acted out in crazy ways that made me want to run away for Zoe! I honestly don’t understand why anyone would stay around someone who uncontrollable, even Zoe. I felt like Anastasiu could definitely have fleshed him out more and given him a few redeemable qualities, but that was not meant to be. There was also another minor character who just seemed to be thrown in their and I felt like she did nothing to further the plot. No matter how much I didn’t enjoy these two characters though, I still couldn’t put the book down with the crazy plot lines!
I cannot begin to explain my utter fascination with GLITCH. I am an extremely emotional person so I was just baffled by the thought of one little chip controlling so much of a person, basically their soul when it comes down to it. It was terrifying and yet I just couldn’t stop reading! The story is so addicting and full of plot twists that I did not see coming! The last 1/4 of the book will have your mind going a mile a minute!!
GLITCH is a well-thought out dystopian that has some serious potential. While it has some minor character flaws and a few plot lines that become a bit confusing, I think the next book will be able to overcome these things and be amazing! I will definitely be keeping up with this series, that’s for sure!