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.
I was anxious to get my hands on Heather Anastasiu’s Glitchwhen I first heard about the book. A dystopian touting kids with powers, ummm yeah sounds like my kind of read! Once the release date passed I was surprised that I didn’t hear much about the book so when I finally got my hands on it I was even more curious.
I was immediately drawn in by the cover the sci-fi feel, the colors, yup it definitely won me. The actual story was really fun. Kids with powers…or should I say gifts, working together to fight the oppressive society before they become total drones like the rest of the adult members of their community. It was a bit of a slow starter for me but I’m really glad I stuck with it because the ideas, twists and turns were a blast.
I didn’t walk away with my mind blown with new ideas and concepts but I really enjoyed the way Anastasiu spun some of the familiar themes found in my favorite dystopian tales while making it a unique story of her own. The glitching was reminiscent of The Giver and the trying to escape the control of Community reminded me in a good way of Shatter Me and Delirium, while the plotting against the rules gave a similar excitement as Matched and even Divergent. If you enjoyed those books or have just been looking for a new quick YA read I definitely recommend Glitch. A fun dystopian tale with great sci-fi elements. I’m surprise more people haven’t been talking about this one. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel Override (Glitch)
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