308 pages- Fiction, Young Adult, Scifi/Fantasy/post-apocalyptic
August 7, 2012
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this digital galley, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
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.
What can I say? I was very disappointed with this book. I was very excited about it, the premise sounded new and original and exciting. The execution was fair with a dash of mediocre. When I had read 30% (there aren’t page numbers on a Kindle) I put the book down, and debated on giving up on it altogether. The main thing that I hated about this story was the romance, it was juvenile and distracting. I get that everything was new to Zoe and to the other glitchers. But it didn’t have to read that way, so I consider it a writing flaw. First problem was, Adrien and Zoe had only really known each other for a few hours (at the most) before they were liplocked and in love. On top of that, within three pages (three screens on the Kindle) they had stopped and kissed each other more than was necessary. Then something happens with Max later, and within minutes they’re in love. Though, he’s more in love than she is.
Usually when the romance in a story bothers me, I try to separate it and go on with the story. But in this case, the love triangle (which actually doesn’t completely form til the near end) takes forefront in the story. Zoe’s path from destination A t o destination B is travelled through the romance. The story plot was placed on the shoulders of the interactions between Zoe and Max as well as Zoe and Adrien. To me Zoe was a very weak hero, and I didn’t like her. There was strength in her at the beginning that I thought might be the redeeming factor for the book. It wasn’t because she lost it somewhere around the third of the book. She didn’t get that back at all in this installment. She did get some strength towards the end when the truth and betrayals were revealed. Even then, it seemed to just appear in her character, there wasn’t anything internal clicking in place.
Max, to me it was obvious the role that he played. He was too hot and cold. He was obsessive, selfish, abusive and an all-around jerk. He had nothing redeeming about him. I was not surprised with his decision at the end. Adrien, I liked a little bit more. Actually between all three of the main glitchers I liked Adrien the best. He was flawed but likeable. I think a lot could have been avoided if he was honest with someone about something being off with his gift. There were a couple of things that I liked: I liked that there was some diversity within the characters. I can’t say that there was a lot, because not everyone was described. The ending (I won’t give it away) was the best part, action and strength in the characters. I can’t say that they came into their own. I can’t say that the ending redeemed the torturous beginning and uncomfortable romance. I can say that I enjoyed it and I will continue to the next book to see what happens.
2 stars **