Title: Glitch (Glitch #1)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release date: August 7th 2012
Rating: 3.5 / 5
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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. 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 Heather Anastasiu's action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
A nuclear catastrophe left the surface uninhabitable for humans and the survivors had to seek refuge underground and now live in communities and as the feelings were part of what caused the apocalypse, the community decided to eradicate them. So now all humans have chip implants to suppress feelings, and have a port at the back of the neck for updates, heart rate monitors, display in the retina and are always connected to the "Link" network .
The people that live in the community are like automatons, they work a certain number of hours (adults, children go to school), they eat, they do exercise and sleep the necessary time to have a healthy mind and body. And they´re taught that feelings are bad and any damage or malfunction should be reported.
Zoe is a girl living in the community and her chip is malfunctioning, so she is starting to have feelings and start to develop powers on which she has no control, she knows she must report herself to authorities for repair but she fears that her powers can be discovered and she could be deactivated. And the worst part is you can not trust anyone because they could report it.
Glitch blends the dystopian genre with science fiction, this book reminded me a bit to the movies Terminator, Matrix (without the fighting). The story didn´t caught me right away, in fact I couldn't get into this book at first maybe because is from the viewpoint of Zoe, a girl who is starting to have feelings that she doesn´t recognize or know how to call them (she remind me of a young child ) and as I have said before the people in the community are like robots or automatons so they do not interact among themselves if it is not necessary so the first chapters are inside the Zoe´s head.
The romance at first is sort of instalove but after a while the story had a twist that made romance more believable, I liked the character of Adrien, Zoe´s romantic interest and I didn´t like the character of Max, Zoe´s "best friend". I like Glitch but not as much as I expected, the idea of the book is good but something is missing maybe know that world a little more but I will definitely read the next book in the series - Override.