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Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Source: Netgallery and St. Martin's Press- Thank you!
I admire the general concept of Glitch by Heather Anastasiu. I always wondered what it would be like to wake up in the world where everyone is supposed to not feel emotion. To be part of a dystopia where you are not even supposed to have empathy. I cannot imagine living without bonds of friendship, occasional flashes of annoyance and moments of joy.
I enjoyed reading how Zoe learned about emotions, like love and hate, throughout the book. The beginning was very slow paced. I had a hard time diving into this story and becoming interested in Zoe's life. I enjoyed reading Zoe's struggle to not appear different, but I never go into the world. I never grew to adore Zoe. She had spurts of personality, but I never really wanted to become her friend throughout the book. I felt she lacked spunk.
The plot for the most part was repetitive and not much occurred during the majority of the book. There was a love triangle that I never really cared for. My ideal love triangle is one where the one in the remarkable middle’s choice is not obvious, where I grow to care about the two lovely people in the corners. Even though I know love triangles are unrealistic, if it is a superb one, I really like them. Sadly, I knew right away whom Zoe would pick and I was right. And he was remarkable and loveable. Adrien is my favorite character of the novel. He is sweet, charming and intelligent. Max, on the other hand, disgusted me.
There are two parts of the book that I really loved and had a fantastic time devouring. When Zoe and Adrien have their first real conversation about love, the truth about the evil Community, and the heartbreaking ending. I felt those parts were amazingly well written. The exciting conversation was full of passionate desire between the two and learning about Adrien’s mothers exciting history. The ending was sorrowful and impeccably well placed. I cannot imagine a better ending. Really, I just re-read the ending and I am still amazed at the perfection of this brilliant ending. The last conversation between Zoe and Max is viciously real, the confrontation with the evil villain was scary, and the last passage is full of gorgeous hope for the future.
Overall, Glitch is a decent read. It may not be a book of epic proportions, but it is a book that I greatly enjoyed despite many drawbacks.
The following excerpt is from one of my two favorite parts of Glitch! I really liked Zoe's reaction to hearing the common phrase "Fell in love."
“Fell in love?” I frowned. “Love makes you fall?”
He laughed a little. He paused, looking up toward his brain, something I noticed he did when he was thinking.
“It’s just a saying. It means that two people start loving each other. I guess because it can feel really sudden and because it’s powerful. Like gravity-an unstoppable force.”
“Love is like gravity?” I was still puzzling out the concept. “It sounds violent.”
He laughed and nodded. “But in a good way.”
I was amazed I’d read so many confusing things about emotions in the history archives, but love was the most confusing of all. A thrill prickled as I realized I was actually talking to someone who’d really experience all of these confusing emotions and could help me understand.
“Have you ever fallen? In love, I mean?”
He laughed again but it sounded different, higher pitched than normal. He shifted in his seat. “I’ll get back to you on that one.”
Pg. 100 in ARC
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