Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Publisher:
St. Martin’s Press
Length: 320 pages
Genera: Science Fiction
Subjects: romance, powers, dystopia

Summary:
There is no pain or fear in Community. No emotions. No love. Computer chips have erased that. Zoel starts glitching. Fear, love, hate, is all surges through her like wild-fire.

Any glitches need to be reported so that can be dealt with but Zoel has a secret. Her glitches cause telekinetic powers to emerge. Soon Zoel will meet more glitchers: Max who can change his appearance and Adrien who can see glimpses of the future.

The glitchers must find a way to free themselves of the Community before they get deactivated – or worse.

Review:
Caution: Rant ahead; proceed at your own cost.

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but the truth is I couldn’t didn’t finish the book. I got halfway in, then decided I couldn’t take it anymore. 

To start with what I liked, I was glad when the book started, Zoel was already glitching. I didn’t want to go through pages of blankness and robotic-ness. I’m glad the Zoel started questioning everything before Adrien came. The story premise was interesting and I can honestly say I really wanted to read it. That’s about it.

Ms. Anastasiu: if you can’t come up with new words that don’t make your characters sound like dimwits, don’t use them at all. I can’t possibly like a guy who says shunting, gnangy, and godlam’d.

Insta-love to the extreme. In Twilight, she saw him for a week or so before she was in love with him. Zoel saw Adrien for maybe five hours before she decided she may be in love with him.

Characters:
I really wanted Zoe to be a bit more of a kick-ass heroine. I got 50% in but saw nothing more than a plain old Mary Sue. It disappointed me.Adrien bored me to death. I couldn’t like him.
Zoe didn’t look for a mirror, which I found odd. Personally, I would look for something so I can see myself. Imagine growing up in a world where you barely (if at all) know what you look like. That would be one of the first things I’d do.
“Don’t run before you walk”. She really shouldn’t have been thinking of love then. If the romance was moved later in the book, I wouldn’t have rated it as harshly. I couldn’t get over the insta love. It occurred around 15% in the book.

Max was even worse. I’m guessing he’s part of the love triangle, but how could any one like him after (and no, I am not joking) he asks her if he could see her genitalia. And he’s a love interest.

Fail.

Plot:
I’ve read bad books with horrible characters, but I usually keep reading because I may be mildly interested in the plot. Maybe I didn’t get far enough, but the plot was boring. I didn’t care about anything.

Even though I only got halfway in, I saw some holes in the plot. For example, if the memory disruptor would make Zoe forget about her make out session with Adrien, wouldn’t it make her forget about glitching? And if glitching made sure the disruptor didn’t work, she would remember Adrien.

Granted, I’m probably over thinking this.

What I liked/disliked:
Liked:

  • Zoel was already glitching
  • Premise
  • Zoe was questioning things

Disliked:

  • Plot
  • Zoel
  • Adrien
  • Adrien’s cuss words
  • Max
  • Insta love

In conclusion:
I strongly disliked this book, so much so I dropped it (something I haven’t done in a very long time). I do not recommend it to anyone and suggest you avoid it like the plague.
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Favorite Character: N/A

Favorite Quote: N/A

Rating:  ★☆☆☆☆

This ARC was provided to me by the publisher (St. Martin’s Griffin) via NetGalley. No money was exchanged for this review.

Updated: Thank you to NerdyBookReview!

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4 thoughts on “Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

  1. nerdybookreviews says:

    I have to admit, I think you’re a little bit harsh on the story. Especially when you talk about her being pretty, if you read properly there were no mirrors within the community so it’s a little hard to judge your own looks when you can’t see yourself! Granted there may be a window that reflects the light, but it’s hardly an accurate portrayal of oneself.
    The curse words were slightly annoying, but they became the character in the premise of how the English language would evolve. So I think that’s personal taste.
    Comparing this book to Twilight is like comparing chalk and cheese. Twilight is paranormal romance that’s ‘fluff’ and this is science-fiction verging on a dystopia world.
    I think you don’t give Zoe enough credit because once you finish the book she has started to evolve in her own way and she’s scared, naive and totally alone (or so she thinks) when she’s glitching and that has to be a frightening experience. She’s worried about her brother, having flashbacks of something that should be removed from her memory and trying to reign in her newly developed emotions. This all doesn’t lead to immediately being able to be a kick-ass heroine who can stand on her own two feet. Ever heard the phrase “Don’t run before you can walk” I think this is Zoe!
    That having said, I agree about the love being all “instant” but some people believe in love at first sight and the whole complexity of developing emotions must be rather overwhelming because although she “instantly” loves Adrien, things change and she has to rediscover this.
    I hated Max, you’re absolutely right! Nobody could love that boy and especially by the end of the book he’s become such a joke that I fear nothing will ever redeem him. He reminds me of Gale in the Hunger Games by the end of the series. He’s gone past redemption with his actions, although Gale still has redeeming qualities. Max has none!
    I enjoyed reading your review, it was an interesting experience.

    • Lisbeth Avery says:

      Thank you very much for commenting on my blog!

      I couldn’t like Zoe. I have to admit that she was going through a harsh time, which Anastasiu did well. But she was all “Glitching is hard, I wonder what the community really is – oh! Wait! Cute boy!”

      The mirror point is true. I never thought of that. Personally, I would look for something so I can see myself. Imagine growing up in a world where you barely (if at all) know what you look like. That would be one of the first things I’d do.
      “Don’t run before you walk”. She really shouldn’t have been thinking of love then. If the romance was moved later in the book, I wouldn’t have rated it as harshly. I couldn’t get over the insta love. It occurred around 15% in the book.
      I really wanted Zoe to be a bit more of a kick-ass heroine. I got 50% in but saw nothing more than a plain old Mary Sue. It disappointed me.

      Max creeps me out. I couldn’t believe he was meant to be a love interest. He does seem like Gale from HG!

      Based on your comment and your review, the book seems to get better. Maybe I can forgive the faults and try it again.

      I’ll have to look through what I wrote, and adjust accordingly.

      • nerdybookreviews says:

        Well I’m glad to hear you’re not totally against the book as you were, but I guess some books are for us and others you just cannot read!
        At least you attempted to read it and then chose to give up, I hate those people that just decide they will hate a book because of the plot line. Granted, some books sound dire, but you shouldn’t hate them just because of that.

        I’m glad you agree with my Gale analogy! haha.

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