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.
The summary for Glitch immediately drew me in, as I am a big fan of dystopian novels. I love the way that authors are able to look at the current events in our society and transform them into something eerily plausible. Glitch started decently enough, but then a love triangle was formed and things started going downhill from there.
Glitch is set in a dystopian future where a nuclear bomb has destroyed the planet, so people are now forced to live underground with installed chips that destroy any destructive feelings or thoughts you may have. When Zoe’s chip begins to malfunction – giving her uncontrollable telekinetic powers, she struggles to hide them; because the consequences may be horrible if she doesn’t.
Zoe was probably one of the worst female protagonists I’ve read about in a LONG time. She’s as interesting as a doornail, she whined about the littlest things all the time, and she only cares about herself. It’s hard to connect to her as a character because her emotions are virtually nonexistent because of the chip she has installed.
The romance was what bothered me most about the book. First off, there’s instalove: Adrian and Zoe meet early on in the book (as in really early on), but by page 23 they’re already in love. 😐
And then comes in another love interest Max, who is just completely abusive to Zoe. He literally forces her to kiss him against her will, and then rattles on and on about how much he “loves her.” And then when Zoe tells Max that her heart belongs to her “true love” Adrian
(don’t get me started on how annoying it was that Zoe thinks she had found her “true love” at 16 years old!), he slams her against a wall.
All in all, just skip this one. If the sickening romance and poor characterization isn’t enough to indicate how horrible this book is, I don’t know what is.