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.
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.
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.
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:
- Zoel was already glitching
- Zoe was questioning things
- Adrien’s cuss words
- Insta love
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.
Favorite Character: N/A
Favorite Quote: N/A
This ARC was provided to me by the publisher (St. Martin’s Griffin) via NetGalley. No money was exchanged for this review.
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