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August 12, 2012

Blog Tour: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Hello lovely readers! The Glitch blog tour stops today at Maji Bookshelf! We've got an author spotlight along with my review of this novel that is a stellar beginning to a promising series!

Heather Anastasiu grew up in Texas and recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. When she's not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a café or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo. Random facts about Heather Anasatasiu:

  • I played the piccolo in my high school marching band.
  • I paint a little, but for some reason, only in winter.
  • I like body art. Well, I like art of all kinds, but especially body art, i.e. tattoos
  • I was in a wheelchair for a year during college because of health problems. Being wheel-bound and knee-high for a year certainly changed my perspective on life (pun intended).
  • Yes, I am a fan of cheesy puns.
  • My favorite book is East of Eden because it blew open my world when I first read it at age 20.
  • I also unabashedly love Twilight.
  • I like pink and black together, but not apart.

  • Follow Heather Anastasiu through her: Twitter | Goodreads | Blog

    Glitch (Glitch, #1)

    Title: Glitch (Glitch #1)
    Author: Heather Anastasiu
    Publication date: August 7th, 2012
    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    Genre(s): Young Adult (Dystopian/Supernatural)
    Challenges: Dystopian, Debut
    Source: NetGalley/Publisher
    Format: Digital ARC
    Pages: 371
    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.
    Glitch totally surprised me. I was a bit wary at the beginning because many of my friends didn't enjoy it as much, but I am so glad that I did! Glitch was so fast paced! The book never had a dull moment, granted, the beginning needed a tiny push for the plot to flow, but after that, I could barely catch my breath! Now there is something I must admit, this book had insta-love. YES! Me, the crusader of insta-love actually liking a book WITH IT? Well let me just point out that the insta-love was so well plotted, the close proximity angle was used that you really forget the label of the romance and just enjoy it. HOWEVER there was a twist a third way into the book that I would have never imagined! Which is why I liked Glitch a lot, insta-love or not, this book was awesome. 
    The protagonist, Zoe lives in a community where every single person is stripped from their emotion. Seeing life in color? Family loyalty? pshhh, feelings of joy, happiness, sadness, anger? we don't need those! We can just become robots and live a life of routine and voluntary slavery because that is the ideal world! However Zoe started to glitch. Meaning the chip that was inserted in her from birth started going haywire and she started to see colors instead of the usual shades of grey. She started thinking for herself and started freaking out, because any glitcher will be reported immediately, even by their own family. The saying is: 
    "An anomaly observed is an anomaly reported"
    However that is when she meets Adrien, the mysterious guy that just might be on to her anomaly or maybe an ally? There is also a very weak love triangle (thank god) with Max. I just didn't like him at all because of uhh, his obsession with something that made me seriously weirded out by him. 
    However the book doesn't leave much room for wondering since you dive right into action. I really loved Adrien, he was such a likable character! I also really enjoyed reading from Zoe's POV since she didn't shy away from having to find out the truth, even if it has hurt her more than once. Heather Anastasiu pulled out trick after trick and twist after twist that just made this novel so worth the time I read it and I really can't wait for the second installment in this series, Override.  

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    1. Cool review.Glad you liked it.

      Thanks for participating.

    2. I'm glad you liked this Juhina! Great review! It wasn't quite my thing in the end but I look forward to seeing what you think of the sequel if you choose to read it. :)

    3. I am so glad you liked it! I just read it and I liked it too. Like you, I was nervous because I had seen so many so-so reviews.

      I didn't think the insta love was so bad considering this whole emotions thing was new for Zoe and Adrian had kinda been getting to know her for a year, so it didn't bug me at all.

      Great review!