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Friday, August 9, 2013

Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu

Shutdown is the final book in Heather Anastasiu's Glitch series. I've read and reviewed the first two books, Glitch and Override so feel free to click on those and read those reviews. I got into the story from the beginning and enjoyed it pretty well through Glitch. I thought that Override did not hold up or add much to the story, so I was less impressed by that one. I wasn't sure what I was going to get going into Shutdown, but when I was approved on NetGalley, I went into it a little hestitantly but with high hopes!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution. The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands.

First things first (and I apologize for deviating from my usual format, but sometimes a review just can't fit into that format) - Perhaps it's because I had a hard time getting through Override, but I was shocked at how little I remembered from Override when I started reading Shutdown. And yes, it's been...about six months since I've read it. But saying it was all about the length of time between times I've read it isn't true. Because if you look at the time between Insurgent's release (when last I read it - May 2012) and when Allegiant will come out (October 2013), that's a lot bigger difference, and I still remember vividly Insurgent. So, sadly, Override just wasn't that memorable, as was apparent in the first few pages of Shutdown. Anyway, so once I started reading, I realized I didn't remember much of what happened earlier. This really hindered my ability to get into the story, because not only was there nothing memorable coming back to me from Book 2, there was no recap or flashbacks, or explanation of anything that went on so for most of the Shutdown, I just felt lost. Okay, so that's the beginning. Onward. The characterization and development that I enjoyed in the first book was completely gone. It was as if, okay, they were completely developed in book one, and make no change, have no depth to their emotions, anything in the second two books. Most of y'all know me by now, and I almost ALWAYS judge a book based on how well I feel I get to know the characters. I know author Heather Anastasiu has the talent to create rich and well-developed characters, she did it in Glitch! But as the series continued, the development did not hold up. I think, in a series, characters need to grow and evolve as the story changes, and it just didn't happen for me here. Oh, and on a SPOILER-Y note (Skip this part if you haven't read Override and plan to) apparently something happened in Override that caused Adrien to lose his memory....or something like that? Anyway, he doesn't love Zoe anymore, or doesn't remember that he did, and he was basically...a lump of nothingness for most of the book. Well, no not a lump of nothingness. He was capabale of feeding and bathing himself, and also fighting. But he had no emotion, or didn't show it until the very end. I kind of wanted to take him by the shoulders and shake him.

I can't say a whole lot about the plot. It moved along quickly, and there was quite a bit of action, so that was definitely a good thing. I had a hard time reconciling some of what was happening because, again, I wasn't remembering what all had happened in the previous story. What I did find was that, once again, there was very little that was very memorable about Shutdown. The best part of the story was the last...3 chapters. I think she did a great job wrapping everything up, and I thought that everything was complete and fully answered. So I appreciated that part of the closing.

Overall, I think that the series was a great idea, and started off in a wonderful way. Sadly, things went a little downhill, leaving me without much memory of what exactly happened. Shutdown wrapped the story up in a nice package, but lacked the character development that help me sink into a story. I think Heather Anastasiu is a very creative author and I know that as she continues to develop her writing talent, her stories will only get better. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

My Rating: 1 shot

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Griffin for the eGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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