Expected publication date: 10/07/12GoodReads Summary: 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.
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The summary for Glitch immediately drew me in as I am a big fan of sci-fi/dystopian novels. To begin with the story was interesting, but then a romance was formed and things went downhill from there...
Glitch could have been so much better if the romance hadn't taken over the plot, because the ideas presented were, as I mentioned before, interesting. There was insta-love between Zoe and Adrien - they meet and soon after they're in love, and as if this wasn't bad enough there is a love triangle. Not the good kind either, which if handled properly it sometimes can be. The 3rd person in the triangle is Max, who is quite literally ruled by his hormones and I don't mean that in a funny way. Here's an example "Can I look at your genitalia?" Who the heck says stuff like that?! I understand that being glitched and therefore being disconnected from the Link means your flooded with all these emotions that up until then have been stifled. It can be overwhelming, but really, I thought it would at least give you the sense to talk like a normal person. He is apparently in love with Zoe, but it's more like he's obsessed with her, all he wants to do is *ahem* excuse the term, 'bang her'. So basically, what I'm trying to say is that instead of adding to the story as a good romance should it takes away from it.
As a love interest nothing really stood out about Adrien - his character was one dimensional and boring. He also had an annoying habit of using curse words like "crackin' hell", "shunting", and "godlam'd". I would have overlooked this if it was just once or twice, but he repeatedly said it and it got on my nerves.
On a more positive note I like the mc, Zoe. When the story begins she's already glitching and questioning things which is different from other YA dystopian novels as it usually takes a while for the mc to do this. I could feel her inner struggle as she began experiencing emotions that she had never before felt. Plus, on top of that she had to try and blend in and act as if she wasn't an anomaly which is a pretty tough thing to do in the society she lives in.
Another aspect of the book I liked was the writing style and the use of repetition - "An anomaly observes is an anomaly reported", "Order First, Order Always." It really emphasized the harsh realities of living in the Community.
Glitch had so much potential, but unfortunately it was a huge let down and I very much doubt I will be picking up the sequel.