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Glitch

Glitch

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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. 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 Heather Anastasiu's action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
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. 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 Heather Anastasiu's action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

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Chapter 1
i elt it coming this time
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jami_leigh reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Plot: 3 stars
Characters: 3 stars
Style: 3 stars
Pace: 3 stars
This is a very 3 star kind of book. I picked it up mainly because it has some elements in common with a plot bunny I've had, and I wanted to see how certain bits were handled. There wasn't anything wrong with this book. It was just so typical of the mass of YA right now, that it didn't stand out.
margk_2 reviewed this
Rated 1/5
Well, before I set my stun gun to 'death ray', let me start things off by discussing Glitch's less infuriating flaws & misdemeanors.First of all, the writing was rather mediocre with a lot of repetition and juvenile, clichéd, cheesy dialogue. Can't say too much about the plot either since it essentially consisted of the same predictable situations and melodramatic character interactions replayed over & over again. Secondly, there were quite a few inconsistencies in the storytelling. Zoe would randomly & effortlessly jump back and forth between using ‘regular’ language and the technical, highly intellectual vocabulary she grew up speaking as a member of the hive-like Link. Additionally, she would randomly not know the meaning of certain emotionally expressive words while knowing & using others naturally. I had the same problem with Zoe's understanding of emotions. She was able to recognize & understand someone being livid & frustrated (for example), but she would all of a sudden be unable to identify & comprehend emotions like embarrassment & hate. The characters' superhuman abilities were also inconsistent. They would work amazingly well in one scene and then fail to work accurately or at all whenever the story called for it. Consequently, these powers would seem more like plot devices than organic extensions of the characters. Speaking of the characters, they were all significantly underdeveloped & forgettable with one note personalities and no depth whatsoever. Zoe, in particular, annoyed the bloody hell out of me. She constantly whined about feeling alone and constantly panicked about EVERYTHING. Furthermore, whenever she wasn't teetering on the edge of paranoid hysteria, she was on the verge of bursting into tears. Oh, and if that wasn't enough to make the readers want to slit their own wrists, Zoe also frequently indulged in overdramatic bouts of self-loathing and a woe-is-me angstfest. And that segues me into my biggest issue with Glitch: The romance. Not only did it dominate the story and stimulate my gag reflex, but it also really disturbed & enraged me. As to be expected, the romance was of the supersonic insta-love variety and involved a shallow, hokey love triangle. Unfortunately, the book decided to go the extra mile and make the romance suck even more by throwing in an unhealthy, abusive, and emotionally manipulative relationship into the mix AND by making the heroine tolerate, excuse, ignore, and forgive it. Listen, I hate to turn this review into another lengthy rant, but this shit seriously needs to get addressed. So, let’s examine the following scenes, shall we:(FYI, there be spoilers, yo. You've been warned)Scene #1 – Max presses himself up against Zoe and then proceeds to paw at her ass. This makes Zoe thoroughly uncomfortable, and she feels no desire to reciprocate his sexual advances. Yet, she doesn’t speak up for herself and decides to merely sidestep the situation by changing the subject. When he tries to press the issue, she responds with a "maybe later" because she doesn't want to hurt his feelings. Okay, when someone invades your personal space and starts groping you without invitation, the appropriate response is to tell them to back off and to make it clear to them that you are not okay with that kind of behavior. Moreover, if you’re not interested in that person the way they’re obviously interested in you, you should tell them so instead of giving them a vague response that sends them mixed signals with an underlying message that all they have to do is keep pressuring you until they wear you down and you eventually give in to what they want.Scene #2 – Max persuades Zoe into giving kissing a try. He roughly kisses her, which she describes as being very awkward. She also clearly doesn't seem to be enjoying it, but she decides against pulling away because she doesn't want to "dampen his excitement."Hmm, apparently her feelings don’t count, and in her mind it’s perfectly okay to be used for someone else’s benefit. Well, frak that. Scene #3 – Max goes off on a raving monologue about how (literally) crazy he is about Zoe, saying things like "You're everything to me,” “You're all that matters, all I think about," "I just want you for myself," and “You were supposed to be mine,” but Zoe excuses it because it gives her "a flush of happiness to be wanted."Um, when someone basically admits to being obsessed with you and talks about you as if you were a possession, you shouldn’t be flattered. You should be creeped out…and insulted. But mostly creeped out. And you should get the hell away from that individual as fast and as far as possible. Scene #4 – Max flies into a jealous rage, punches a wall, and yells at Zoe. The second she calls him out on his assholish behavior, he decides to smooth things over by pulling her into a hug. Instead of firmly standing her ground, she once again completely forgives & forgets because "he could be so kind when he wanted to be."Note to Zoe: An asshole who is nice one out of ten times is still an asshole. Simple math.Scene #5 – After finally growing a spine and telling Max that she only loves him as a friend and that her heart belongs to Adrien, Max berates her for hurting his feelings. The next day, he takes it a step further by manhandling her, which Zoe describes & justifies thusly: “He was rougher with me than usual. Harder and colder than he had ever been before last night. But I deserved it.”Oh Hell to the No! Seriously?! Ugh! I can’t even...Woosa! Look, let’s get something straight. No one deserves to be abused and treated like dirt by someone they care about. Period.I'm done. Over and out.
doingdewey reviewed this
Rated 3/5
In this dystopian novel, humanity has given up the ability to feel emotion or think for themselves. Instead, they are all connected to a network which regulates their activities and decides when they should be deactivated. However, many young adults are beginning to “glitch”, suddenly experiencing emotion and also displaying strange new mental powers. As Zoe struggles to hide her glitches and control her erratic telekinetic powers, she also has to deal with feeling emotion for her family and for boys for the first time.I loved the way the author introduced us to the world. She does a great job of showing instead of telling and revealing little bits of information at a time. It kept me interested and helped me get inside Zoe’s head to understand how confusing suddenly feeling emotion was for her. The writing was a style I like in YA books; clear, straightforward, with vivid descriptions and believable behavior and dialogue.The only thing that kept me from really loving this novel was the feeling I’d read it before. And I basically have, because the story parallels the plot of Uglies very closely. I liked the setting and the premise of this novel a little better, but that didn’t make the plot any more original. There was also the oh-so-ubiquitous love triangle, although our protagonist was clear about who she liked (at least when free of outside mental influence) which made it much less frustrating than in many other books. Overall, nothing new here, but still a fun read which kept me turning pages well into the night.
harkiquinn reviewed this
Rated 4/5
3.5 starsReview based on an ARC, thanks!Glitch has a very interesting premise but its execution falls flat.In a Dystopian World, Zoe is in trouble. She glitches-has flashes of emotion when no one is supposed to. Emotions are seen as a weakness and they have been done away with. She learns that with having thoughts and emotions, she has also unlocked another ability, and she is not the only person in their compound with these abilities. It becomes a race to the truth as Zoe tries to find out who her real friends are, and what these powers might mean.Like I said earlier, what caught my eye was the thought of a world with no emotions. The plot was pretty solid, albeit the pacing was a little slow. It's interesting because while I thought that the overall pacing was slow, the book's opening was a bit rushed. Readers are immediately introduced with Zoe's dilemma and have to play catch up to piece the rest together. I will admit that I did not predict the twist so I liked that, and the book's cliffhanger made me wonder what could possibly happen next.The characters were a piece of work and not in a good way. I found Zoe distant and hard to relate too. I also found her love interest, Adrien, annoying. The author's creative new terminology "crackin" just did not do it for me. Actually, I don't think there was a single character that I liked. Some characters I thought were downright cruel while others were too naive. The love triangle was also completely unnecessary as its obvious who Zoel's choice is.The writing was told from Zoe's point of view which I did not find engaging in the least. This book was sadly book-down-able due to Zoe's voice and her interactions with the other characters. I'm sorry to say that this book was not for me, if it was told from the perspective of a different narrator, I think that I would enjoy it more.
dpchapman reviewed this
Rated 4/5
As a fan of Paranormal and Dystopia books I found Glitch to be a perfect combination of both. This enjoyable book was one I did not want to put down after the first chapter. I love the way Ms. Anastasiu created this unique dystopian world. The building up of the plot and the depth of the characters were just right.Zoel is basically like a drone, just like the humans in her Community. Everyone is implanted with certain kind of hardware that keeps them calm and at peace. If you start glitching (thinking or feeling for yourself) you are supposed to report it so you can either be reprogrammed or deactivated. Zoe starts glitching but chooses to try and hide it. She soon learns she also has a strange gift as well. She then discovers that she is not alone, that there are others out there glitching as well.This dystopian adventure does have a bit of romance in it. Zoe meets two boys who have feelings for her. First there is Adrian works with the Resistance and can see the future. Then there is Max a new glitcher who is also a shapeshifter. This love triangle only adds to the emotional journey Zoe goes through in order to survive with her new understanding and awareness.I think Glitch is a wonderful and entertaining book and I am looking forward to reading the next installment of this new series.
booktwirps reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Zoe lives underground in The Community, where everyone is controlled by a computer chip embedded in their spine which prevents anyone from feeling any type of emotion. There are no colors, no feelings and everyone just kind of exists without really experiencing anything. Lately, Zoe has started to glitch. For moments at a time her chip malfunctions and she's filled with strange emotions she's never felt before and begins seeing things in color. She knows she is malfunctioning and she should turn herself in to be fixed, but she fears if she turns herself in she may be terminated.When Zoe happens upon a group of other "glitchers" she learns that she's not alone. Not only that, but each of them possess another type of special ability which may have something to do with why they all glitched in the first place. Together they must figure out a way to escape the confines of the community before they're discovered and deactivated.The premise of this book sounded very interesting and I was excited to read it. While I didn't hate the book, it didn't grab me the way I hoped it would.I know a lot of it had to do with me being extremely over analytical , and my aversion to the dreaded love triangle. My biggest problem is that I didn't get how Zoe, a person who had never felt these emotions, or seen these colors, could so adequately describe them to the reader. Sometimes she goes from confusion to a full description in the same sentence. My analytical self kept asking, "Wait, how does she know that is fear, or anxiety?" etc. etc. I think if the book were written in the third person instead of the first, it wouldn't have bothered me.My other problem was the concentration on the love triangle. The book started out really strong and definitely compelled me, but once Zoe meets Max and Adrien, the focus seemed to shift to the relationship between Zoe and the two boys instead of the world around them. I think the story would have grabbed me more if this had taken more of a backseat, or maybe had it been hinted at in this book and then uncovered more in future installments. I just felt like there was a bigger problem at hand than which boy she wanted. Not to mention Max is a little psycho. I wasn't sure how Zoe could even be attracted to him.What I did like about the book is the world, and the blending of sci-fi and the paranormal. I really wanted to explore this a bit more, and I'm hoping that maybe future installments will focus more on those elements.All in all I thought it was just okay. Despite the minor annoyances, I feel Ms. Anastasiu is a talented writer with a great voice, and this series has a lot of potential. If you like your dystopian's to focus on romance, you'll probably like this one. For me, I wanted a little more action and world building.
darkfaerietales_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A futuristic adventure, filled with choice, friendship, and strength, taken place in a fantastic world. Opening Sentence: I felt it coming this time.The Review: There has been a good amount of science fiction books. I’m a huge fan of science fiction, originating from the days of Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, and even Douglas Adams. When I was given Heather Anastasiu’s Glitch to review, I was intrigued. There were promises of futuristic societies, controlled thoughts, and implantation of computer chips into people. Glitch definitely delivered wonder and amazement, and so much more. In Glitch, a young girl stands apart from many others. Where the masses are connected and numbed from all independent thought, Zoe malfunctions. As someone who glitches, Zoe begins to have feelings, emotions, and eventually an identity. And because glitching is forbidden, she begins to hide the truth from everyone. Slowly, Zoe’s emotions are becoming uncontrollable, revealing another secret: her telekinetic powers. Struggling to control her glitching and her abilities, Zoe meets others like her. Zoe’s world is opened to a whole new truth that even she couldn’t fathom. Zoe is an amazing character. She was believable, despite the futuristic setting. Anastasiu allowed me to not only sympathize with Zoe, but to also want to become her. Despite the harsh reveal of the truths of her own world, Zoe experienced things in a new light. Zoe experienced art in a way that I never thought about. Zoe was a person with upstanding morals and overall positive personality traits. She was strong when needed and compassionate towards others. Zoe encounters two significant people throughout her glitching days. One is Adrien, who noticed Zoe at the beginning of her glitches. Adrien helped her escape in a time of need, and he opened her eyes to the Resistance. He loved her for who she was, and he watched over her when she least expected it. The other significant person is Max. I’m not sure if he was meant to be the other point in a love triangle, but I felt that he was a good support system for Zoe when she needed him. A childhood friend, Max proved his worth on many occasions. Despite a few wrong intentions, I felt that Max was a good plot twist in the story. Anastasiu’s world is amazing. The way that she built up the culture of Zoe’s world was detailed with vivid imagery. I was standing in the Community, plugged in with the others. I believed along with Zoe that the way to life was, “Community first. Community always.” And then Anastasiu flips it all around to show me the outskirts and the Resistance, a whole new community with a different dynamic and culture. Each entity and social group with their own beliefs, and each one with characters important to the story and to the plot’s cause. I was fascinated by the social dynamics written into Glitch. I appreciated the slow steps to revealing the different sides of the equation. It brought me back to the days of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I was fascinated with the Community collective, their dynamic with each other and the government, as well as the Resistence, their beginnings and how they came to be. There were so many levels of depth in this book, that it has quickly made its way on my favorites shelf. Anastasiu does not hold back in her writing abilities. From the world descriptions to the world building, and then to the depth of each character involved in the storyline, Glitch has the makings of a fantastic read. There are messages of experiences, loyalty, and personalities written throughout the story. Each one adding weight to the words on the page. I can’t say, “If you like [book], then you’ll love Glitch,” only because it stands out on its own. Notable Scene: The memory came with a jolt of fear, bursting temporarily through the solid Link barrier that kept my emotions silenced. I almost gasped, only barely managing to suppress it at the last moment. This had never happened before. Normally once the Link had taken complete control, I felt and thought nothing until I glitched again days or weeks later. Inside I flailed in panic, trying desperately to keep every muscle twitch, every shift of my eyes completely under control as the fear pulsed through me. I didn’t dare turn my head, but I looked around as discreetly as possible at the people near me in line. The small aluminum circle under the skin of my chest, my heart and vitals monitor, vibrated slightly in response to my increased heart rate. The subjects nearby hadn’t noticed the buzzing— they were too zoned out to the Link— but I knew that if I didn’t get my panic under control immediately, the monitor would start a loud beeping alarm, alerting the huge crowds of Market Corridor that I was anomalous, possibly defective. The Regulators I had passed moments before would drag me away. Would I be like the girl, and come back all fi xed and never glitch again? Or would I be like the boy, and never come back at all? The questions only made the panic rise higher.FTC Advisory: Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press provided me with a copy of Glitch. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
titania86_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Everyone is plugged into the Community. Their senses are dulled and emotions simply don't exist anymore. Everything is done for the greater good with no thought to selfish desires. Zoe has started to glitch. She is periodically free from the Community ad experiences raw emotions, sensations, and a sense of self. She knows she should turn herself in for the good of all, but ultimately decides to hide it out of curiosity. The risk is great and rapidly escalates as her emotions are hard to hide and she develops telekinesis. If anyone discovers her secret, the authorities will deactivate her. There are others like her and a Resistance exists outside of the community which occasionally infiltrates, but their efforts may be useless if anyone finds out about them. I love reading about dystopian worlds where even emotion is outlawed, like Glitch or Equilibrium. It's just something so fundamental to humans that it seems an impossibility to ban it. I was definitely drawn into Heather Anastasiu's unique world where technology is used to sedate and dampen the masses into little automatons that don't protest or care about anything. The government is free to do whatever they want with people: kill them, enslave them, or make them do anything. When Zoe glitches, she starts to question her whole society and sees value in these emotions instead of destructive as she has always been taught. The world building was one of my favorite parts because it just fascinates me. The writing was fluid, engaging, and succeeded in sucking me into the world. It made me gloss over some of the flaws while I was reading the book because I was so interested in the world and the conflict.There are some very glaring flaws. It was interesting to see Zoe dealing with new colors, emotions, and situations, but it was very uneven. For someone who has never experienced a lot, she had names and definitions for many things she shouldn't have. I liked Zoe for the most part and I understood her emotions throughout the novel, although others may find her annoying. The things that really annoyed me were made up curse words and one of the love interests. Come on. If you're going to use curse words, please use the normal ones in our parlance. If you think they will really offend, just don't use any at all. I cringed every time one of them came up. It sounded very juvenile and grated on my nerves. On to my next grievance: Max is another glitcher that she goes to school with. He is very selfish and is fascinated with sexuality to the point where he was pushy and demanding. He truly disgusted me and the fact that Zoe continually forgave his horrible behavior and basically thought to herself how nice he really is underneath it all. No, Zoe. It's not ok and he's not nice. Ugh. I just wanted to shake her and get her to see how much of a jerk he was.Glitch is a fun new dystopian novel with some unique elements and also some big flaws. I will definitely stick with it for the next installment to see what is in store for these characters and hope that some of these flaws are corrected.
kmartin802_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I thought Glitch was a very thought-provoking novel. It was exciting. It had a lot of danger. I didn't know if I could trust any of the characters because I didn't know what their hidden agendas were. But beyond the danger and adventure the story really made me think about the nature of people. How could Max and Zoe, both from the same background, react so differently when they started to glitch?Zoe is terrified when she first starts to glitch. The world is more interesting when she starts having her own feelings and the world is more colorful when everything isn't dulled by the link. But it is much more dangerous too and requires so much control to hide that she is more aware than those around her. Of course, that wouldn't be enough. Zoe has also developed telekinesis though she doesn't have control over it.When she meets Adrien and he helps her escape the Community, she is exposed to a world she never knew existed. She learns that most of what she believed about society and the surface were lies and that she and everyone she knows are more or less slaves. Adrien grew up in the Resistance. He has visions of the future. He saw her and saw her potential future importance to the Resistance and was determined to save her. The Resistance tries to save the kids who are glitching before they can be deactivated. Adrien has gone undercover many times. Unfortunately, Zoe has to return to the Community because she has massive deadly allergies to molds found on the surface. She goes back and has to tell lies to fit in again until she can go through a series of treatments, secretly administered by Adrien, to control the allergies and make her able to live on the surface. Then she meets Max who is also glitching. Max's psychic gift is the ability to impersonate anyone. He uses his skill to learn more about the Community. He is obsessed with Zoe and thinks he can save her as they work the system and stay part of the Community.Zoe is torn between the two boys and their conflicting desires for her. She doesn't understand the emotions that she is feeling, doesn't understand love or hate. But she still wants freedom not just for herself but for the others who are controlled by the V-chip too. Max doesn't understand emotions either. He seems much more selfish and self-centered than Zoe. He does experience, and seems to embrace, jealousy and anger. Adrien knows emotions. He grew up with them. He is eager to help Zoe understand them and does try to define love and hate for her. This was an entertaining story. Because it is the start of a trilogy, the ending doesn't bring resolution to any of the plot lines. I will be looking forward to future volumes.
bookswithbite reviewed this
Rated 5/5
There are so many amazing books this year, including this one. An highly anticipated book, Glitch lives up to the hype!I'm very impressed with the world building of the story. Action packed, Glitch immediately throws the readers in a world of deception. I often wondered what it would be like it everyone were controlled. And this story, give just that. A front-row seat to the story of the year. I loved that along with a good moving plot, there are twist and turns the reader does not see. With so many lies going around, the reader doesn't see what is right under the nose.The characters of the book are written perfectly. I enjoyed reading the main character Zoe, go through the stress of glitching. The panic of what if she got caught, the adrenaline rush to stay calm and keep a straight face on. What a rush! At times, I found myself holding my breath, release with relief when she made it through.The love interest for me developed a little fast, still I liked their presence together. The love came on rather quickly in the mix of the glitching. It still manges to capture my heart since all they have is each other. When your the only one glitching and the government is watching you every move, trust must be made between someone you trust. The few moments that they steal together is soo romantic.Glitch is the ultimate unsettling plot. Raging with deep secrets of lawless dystopia, I fell in love. Glitch is a solid beginning to an amazing series. Glitch is perfect!

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