What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Override by Heather Anastasiu

Back in August, I read and reviewed Glitch, the first book in this series, and I enjoyed it pretty well. You can read that review here. So when I was approved for the second book, Override on NetGalley, I was pretty excited to jump in.

Here's the summary from Goodreads: Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe. Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.

What I Liked: 1) The training sessions for the teen glitchers. There are some interesting powers that the teenagers are throwing around. Superhuman (from the summary) is definitely an accurate description of Zoe and her friends. 2) I mentioned in my review for Glitch that the pacing was excellent, and it is no different this time around. Plot elements are released with just the right pacing to keep the story moving.

What I Didn't Like: I wish I could say there was more that I liked about this book. I don't like to be negative, but do you know the feeling of your feet, or shoes being stuck in the mud? You are just dragging them through the mud? That's how I felt when I was reading this one. After everything I enjoyed about Glitch, I was disappointed in this follow up. The action was there but felt very disconnected from the characters. Actually, the whole book felt disconnected. The depth of the characters just wasn't there, and there was very little detail in any descriptions.

Overall Thoughts: Book 2, Override did not hold up to the expectations that I had after reading Glitch. There was too little flow and too much disconnect between plot, characters, and action. While the overall story arc that began in Glitch is still an intriguing idea, but Override just didn't add much to it. I probably will check out the next book when it comes out, because I still think the idea is interesting.

My Rating: 2 shots

1 comment:

  1. I am not exactly excited to hear that you didn't love it. I liked the first on okay, so I am kinda scared to read this one. Thanks for the review!


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