Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Glitch (Glitch#1) by Heater Anastasiu
Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
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 this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Well, this is awkward. I was expecting something more than the teenage Adrien spouting on and on about feelings of love and hate; things that Zoel just could not grasp (understandably so); or more than that same boy with his shunting Uppers and cracking whatever. Oi! And to think the lingo was the least of the things I took issue with (mainly because it came from one character anyway.)
Going in blind I honestly didn’t know what was coming. But come on! When you start with a girl who’s confused and terrified because of her growing awareness of goings on, the least you could do is keep to that path! But, nooooh… mostly, it’s her following behind two boys who behaved like they had everything under control.
That start (of her glitching and describing how afraid she was) held so much promise! It revealed a girl who’s scared, unsure and fearful… about changes inside her, confused about why it’s happening at all. Then only a few pages later, it’s more of the boys leading the way with her following along. She just kept following along! Once Adrien said , she’d echo the same thoughts later. After Max would describe something, she’d find herself picturing it and kinda/sorta swayed.
As to the romantic angle, Max’s romantic antics could be so incredibly awkward. Max and his passion crazy-ness, were… awkward. I get why that was the case: the girl was just starting to learn what it meant to be truly human, and then there was Max wanting something, talking about things not quite within her grasp. Ayayay! If the goal was to emphasize how disconnected she was and how different she was (they were from Old Worlders) well, guess what? Success! I felt slightly embarrassed for him but mostly offended and crowded in for her. This awkward feeling was likely intentional… but still it elicited from me a couple of giggles that I felt out of place/time.
Yet for all Max’s follies at least I bought his selfishness. It’s more than I can say for Zoe or Adrien. Zoe with her initial fear and confusion eventually echoes what she's been told. She’s all righteous indignation,with her "We must tell all, free all or do something." I got it; I just didn’t but it. Sure, the eventual reveal about her past made her slightly more interesting, but really… I felt she was too good all the time. Then there's Adrien whose words she echoed. He too felt like someone I’d read of before. The boy from the outside, whose presence stirred up trouble, the love interest… etcetera. His role? Old hat… and at the oddest of times, him explaining feelings to her sounded very non-teenage boy to me.
The one good thing in this for me was the "gifts" that came along with the glitching. Heck, the whole super-powers thing was far more interesting to read than the resistance against the Uppers aspect. At least with the former, most of it involved her discovering what could be done, what she could do through her doing. Contrast this to the “people controlled unknowingly” aspect which was laid out in Adrien’s telling, (seriously, Adrien did a lot of telling,) with Zoe (and us) expected just to buy everything: lock, stock and barrel. As to what’s told? Well, I’ve been there and done that too. Inside Out? Across the Universe? Glow? Matched? All had something like a perfect world where people unwittingly trade peace, harmony and order for control. So, who’s been there with me?
There were some interesting portions here that unfortunately got shoved to the side by some unexpectedly awkward moments.
Thanks Net Galley!
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