Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Glitch (Glitch #1) by Heather Anastasiu

Glitch (Glitch #1)
by Heather Anastasiu
Pages: 371
Format: ebook
Source: Netgalley

Rating: DNF

Completed: 46 %

Goodreads Synopsis: 

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.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy

My Review:

No...just no. I tried. I really did. But me and Glitch just don't go together. 

At first, I actually kind of liked the book. Sure, it's your run-of-the-mill dystopian, but still interesting. I thought Zoe wasn't that bad and I liked that the world was believable and you get answers pretty quickly. 

Then came annoying characters, insta-love, made up curse-words, and awkward situations. Bleh. Zoe and the book were okay, but when I got 46% through, I realized that not much had happened in way of development. Character or plot wise. Yeah, you're given a bunch of answers, but then I just feel like I'm being told everything instead of being shown. 

At first I could understand Zoe's fear of glitching and fear of being deactivated. Who wouldn't be terrified. But after half the book she needs to shut-up and do something! Ugh.....it's just her going back and forth between turning herself in and running away. Quit being so dang paranoid. Either accept deactivation or go be part of the resistance. It's really not that hard. 

Then come's insta-love. Ugh......I mean, on one hand it's like "okay, she's just now getting used to these emotions. It may not be love but thats what it feels like to her. She's never experienced it before. Blah, blah, blah", but I just couldn't really get past it. Sometimes it's okay when there is a good explanation (like in paranormal books sometimes) but even then it bugs me. Insta-love can often be the bane of my existence. 

And those made up curse-words? No. I've never been the real picky one that likes new words cause it takes place in the future. It never really bothered me that people in dystopians speak like us. However, even though I don't care for made up languages, I can often times ignore them or get over them. However, in this book it was too often and they just grated on my ears! Every time he would say it I wanted to jump in the book and punch him in the face! It was making my ears bleed! And I never really understood why only cuss words change? 

And then, the icing on the cake. That part. The most awkward part I've ever read in a book. EVER. 

If I had been drinking something at the time, that would've happened.

Just that one sentence. I honestly don't even really know what to say! At first I was just utterly shocked. And then I burst out laughing. Not really the author's intent but it was just so awkward that I had to laugh. But it was that real awkward almost nervous sounding laugh that normally happens when it gets real quiet. Yeah. I put the book down after that. 

The one good thing? The author does a fantastic job of keeping the emotions real. These characters have felt no emotions for 17 years so of course there is going to be awkwardness. I like how, unlike most dystopians, the emotions were believable. They don't just come around, they learn these emotions. Did it bug me? Yeah. But at least it was understandable. And to be honest, had I fallen in love with the characters, I could have gotten over the awkward parts. But since I didn't love the characters or plot, it was just...meh.  


While I feel that the author conveyed the emotions realistically, I just couldn't get into it. The book isn't bad by any means. I know plenty of people that loved it. But there are certain things that I just couldn't get over. If I had loved the characters or been really interested in the plot, I could've easily looked past the more trivial things. But I just couldn't. However, I say give it a try. Just cause I didn't care for it, doesn't mean it won't float someone else's boat. 

Have y'all read Glitch? Did you hate it or want to date it? Let me know! 

All the best 


  1. Aw, I'm sad that you didn't love this! I'm really still interested in reading it, but I do think you've got some very valid points here, and I can see why you didn't finish it. Insta-love is definitely annoying. I mean, it's realistic for teenagers to feel that grand, instant love that you just never feel like you're ever going to feel it for anyone else ever again, but it's annoying to happen all of the time in books. And the made-up words don't really bother me too much, but I can see where it would get annoying if they were overused. Great review, Mackenzie!

    1. I definitely say you should give it a try. I feel as if this one is a hit or miss for most. I know a ton of people that DNFed but I also know a ton of people that gave it 4 stars! If you can get past that stuff then you might like it. I'd read some other reviews too to see if you think you'd like it. But if you ever read it, I can't wait to read your thoughts!

      All the best ♥

  2. This sounds so good! The concept of someone feeling emotions for the first time and what that opens up for them, the beauty of it, seems incredible.

    Character also sound very interesting:)

    Great review:)


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