Version: eGalley from NetGalley
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
What can I say? I'm drawn to some of these science-fiction/dystopian stories. And the summary from Goodreads sounds so interesting! A community of people under the control of a small group of people. It's all mind-controll-y and intriguing.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.What I Liked: 1) Zoe. How difficult it must have been to develop a character who spends half of her time under the mind-control of "the Community." But as she began to glitch more and more, we did get to know her. It was as if we were getting to know her at the same time as she was getting to know herself. I haven't read very many books like that, so this one was definitely a new kind of character development for me. We read books all the time from the POV of a main character, but this one just felt different because Zoe was experiencing things for the first time alongside the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed that. Additionally, I liked Zoe. There was a danger in there that Zoe could be immature, especially because she is just coming into herself. But I didn't find that to be the case. She was caring, and smart enough to keep her glitching, and emotions in check enough to keep her safe. 2) Adrien. Loved him from the beginning. Who doesn't love a guy who literally rushes in and saves the girl at the last minute!? (No, that doesn't give anything away, I swear it's not a spoiler!) He's a big sweetheart and wants to do everything he can to make sure that Zoe can be safe and fulfill what it is she wants to do. There are some other things I like about his character that I can't talk about without being spoilery, so y'all will just have to figure that out for yourselves! 3) The plot. I loved this idea. Okay, maybe loved is a bit strong for something like mind control. But I thought the way everything came together was very inventive and gave me a lot of things to think about. Particularly with the way it's done in this story. It's so blatantly obvious, yet everyone just goes along with it. 4) The pacing. I think about the pacing of books probably more than I should. Sometimes if a book moves too fast it gets confusing. If a book moves too slow, it can get boring. With something intriguing and mysterious as mind-control, pacing is something that can make or break the story. But the pacing in Glitch is excellent. The information and story flows seamlessly and it's easy to become tangled up in the book.
What I Didn't Like: I would like more history about how the world became this way. They are living in this subsurface, bunker-like place. But mostly I'm curious about how people just allowed themselves to be implanted with these chips that allow the Community to control their responses. They are being turned into mindless drones, yet everyone just thinks this is the way it should be. Maybe in the next book we'll learn some more! Additionally, just a note about the summary - parts of it are misleading. For example, Zoe having telekenetic powers was of very little importance compared to the other things that were going on. At least until the very end.
Overall Thoughts: Glitch hits the nail on the head when it comes to good sci-fi and dystopian novels. It has all the right elements, as well as creative characters and a fascinating storyline. There is even a touch of romance for those of us who love that. When Glitch hits the scene, it will be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good sci-fi story! Definitely recommended!