The Glimpse (The Glimpse, #1)
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In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taur...more
Paperback, 411 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Faber & Faber (UK) (first published June 1st 2012)
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Marg K.
Dec 31, 2012 Marg K. marked it as will-never-read-like-ever
Shelves: what-the-frak
Okay, I know this is just a work of fiction and admittedly I haven't read the book (and certainly don't intend to), but the synopsis seriously pisses me off because the premise that is presented stinks strongly of nonsense that rolled around in a pile of bullshit. Therefore, as that dude from the Sears commercial would say, I hope you brought an umbrella 'cos it's about to rain some cold hard facts up in here.

First of all, "crazies" is a derogatory, stigmatizing title that demonizes individuals...more
Vanessa
I'd like to start out this review with a maths lesson. Don't run away, gentle readers! It's nothing too horrifying.

This book takes place in a dystopian society where people with genetic predispositions for psychological conditions are referred to as 'Crazies' and live miserable lives, segregated from the perfect 'Pure' people whose genes don't show any predisposition for a psychological condition, and live very comfortable lives, served by people who have genetic predispositions but haven't gone...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Dangerous. This book is dangerous and disappointing. I can't tell you about the fury I felt at the very beginning of this book. The propaganda, myths and downright lies regarding the science of mental illness that only serve to misinform and hurt the vulnerable, those who live with these illnesses and their family and friends which is a good percentage of the population. Most will be affected by it at some point in their lives. And at this point you should know that my family has been touched by...more
Claire Merle
Aug 13, 2011 Claire Merle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Possibly biased, as I do happen to be the author!
Sam
Claire Merle’s debut novel is set in the UK, a place, which according to the Mental Health Foundation, will see 1 in 4 people experiencing some form of mental illness per year. It is also where I live. Interwoven into Merle’s book are nods to area names that I step foot in every day. The Glimpse takes place in only a small handful of decades from now. In other words, it is a story that could take place in my life time – and this is where I find myself being instantly distanced from the book. The...more
Mina Witteman
I have had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of The Glimpse. What a frightening book! I love frightening books and I loved this one so much, that I couldn't stop reading.

Claire Merle paints us a world where the sane -- the Pures -- rule with DNA-tests that predict one's future, and where there is no place for those who slip away from their strict norms -- the Crazies. She introduces us to seventeen-year-old Ana Barber, who has mistakenly been raised in the community with the Pures. Real...more
Giselle
I tried to get into this, halfway through and incredibly bored I deduced that this wasn't for me. The plot is taking a lot of detours that seem quite pointless, seemingly used as filler material. I don't like the protagonist that much. The world isn't very believable, especially how this is supposedly only a few years in the future. Society could never change this drastically in such a short time, particularly seeing how controversial it all is. Along with inconsistent perspective changes and im...more
Sophia
Jan 07, 2012 Sophia marked it as to-read
Pre-review.

I think those people who are bashing the book without having read it need to realise that this is a dystopian. In case you're not familiar with the term/genre, that means the book isn't meant to reflect a perfect world where everyone gets treated fairly. The term 'Crazies' is meant to be understood as an unfair slur, and the seperation between those disposed to get a mental illness (it's set in the future, so technology may have improved, to answer the question of 'how is that even po...more
Rachel Naddeo
4.5 STARS!

To be posted on: www.bookstoconsider.blogspot.com

Claire Merle's debut isn't just an ordinary dystopian novel. Actually it had many surprising and unexpected aspects to it like faith, religion and even a bit of magic. With such an original concept to an ever popular genre, The Glimpse will keep readers captivated until the very last page.

Ana actually reminded me a lot of Under The Never Sky's Aria. Ana, like Aria, lived in the supposed-to-be best society but later finds out that everyth...more
Svea
When I first read the short introduction of this book I was instantly drawn to it. The idea is great and different from everything that is being sold right now in bookstores.
I was lucky to read an advanced copy and I can honestly say this is one of the greatest, coolest books I have read in a while. It is scary and shocking but at the same time, this might be our future if when don't deal with the problem of excessive pill descriptions. I truly believe that drugs are not always the answer.
As I...more
Katie_la_geek
Review also found on my blog

*The publisher provided me with this book for review, via Netgalley.*

Before I go into what I thought of the book I think it is important to point out that unlike others I did not find this book offensive. (And before someone makes a comment I should point out that I have suffered from mental health problems for a while so it is not a lack of understanding that has bought on this opinion) There has been a lot of talk and labelling this book as wrong, offensive and dang...more
Jennifer Armentrout

I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of this. I'm not a big fan of dystopian novels, but this one blew me away. Breath taking and frighteningly real.
Amanda
There is this one incident that I will never forget, which happened during the first semester of my Psych bachelor's degree program. For weeks I had been slaving over this particular assignment on developmental delay, convinced that I totally rocked that paper. So imagine my surprise, my complete bafflement, when my professor handed it back to me with this big, red, bold 40% mark scrawled in permanent marker, no less, on the upper right corner of the front page.
In my whole entire life I had neve...more
Hilda
I was confused when I first read it. I’m still confused now that I’ve finished it. The Glimpse is a very different take on dystopian genre. Sanity has never been deeply questioned, and people in dystopian worlds usually struggle with physical enemy like war, famine, or lack of natural resources. The Glimpse shows a frightening possibility of economic collapse and how government discriminates people by their DNA tests. I have to say that the idea is very original and it held such amazing premise....more
Gabby
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4.5
An astounding debut Claire Merle has Introduced a dystopian that is thought provoking and will leave you heart pounding way beyond the last page.

When fifteen-year-old Ana finds out there was a mistake with her test, her whole world crumbles. Now, seventeen, Joining with Pure-boy Jasper is her only hope of salvation.
But when Jasper disappears, Ana sets off on his trail, determined to solve the mystery of his abduction. In doing so s...more
Heywot
Mar 22, 2012 Heywot marked it as to-read
EDIT: Here's a review that offers a much more factual and articulate review than mine.

EDIT #2: I should have added this before, but if the blurb isn't true to the novel, Ms. Merle, you need to fire whoever wrote. If it is ... well, we'll see.

Also, to those saying that "of course they'd use derogatory terms in a dystopia" must have never read a dystopia before. Using derogatory terms will likely breed more dissent than using clinical or even made-up ones. I honestly don't see how using them is be
...more
Sam
I'm finding it very hard to sum up this book because of all the thoughts running through my mind. I've been crammed full of dystopian dilemmas and I think I might just explode. The Glimpse is definitely a book you should try out if you want to live in another world for a few hours. Do not be fooled into thinking that this book is a light contemporary by looking at the cover because it's set in one of the most complicated worlds I've ever read about.

So, basically, okay, maybe it's not basic, but...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Actual Rating: 2.5

The Glimpse is my first ARC, but I promise not to be biased.

The Glimpse seems is the odd cousin of Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky and Delirium by Lauren Oliver. The plot is different but as a lot of similarities.

Awaken and The Glimpse:
Maddie and Ana are both the daughters of the men who ruined the world (either by making the test to decide whether you are Crazy or Pure or the software in Awaken). Both run of with men who are part of a rebellion.

Delirium and The Glimpse:
In Delirium,...more
Andrea
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of this book and I found it utterly un-put-downable. It is a thought provoking, gripping and twisting tale. I loved the brilliantly drawn scary but totally believable near future world where mental health professionals and pharmaceutical giants rule. But also it really was a story with a heart - of finding self belief and where being true to yourself is the most important thing of all. A really really good read!
Nimue
Fantastic debut novel! I couldn't put it down so captivating was the story and the main heroine Ana.
full review coming soon
Kevin
Jan 04, 2013 Kevin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Matched
Was this suppose to be a psychological thriller with a hint of romance?

When you create a society such as Merle has done with The Glimpse, you have to make sure it makes sense and could actually happen. I don't care if this is the last place to live in the whole world, which by the way it's not, there is no way people are going to be segregated for potentially having a mental disorder. First of all, I don't think there are that many people out there that literally have no chance of having or d...more
Sarah
This review is also posted at Smitten over Books. Actual rating: 4.5.

'We're linked,' she said. 'We could lose each other a thousand times and the universe would still bring us back together. Will you wait for me?'

I was entirely captivated by The Glimpse.

It's the year 2041 and many catastrophes had happened. There have been the 2018 Collapse, the Global Depression and Petrol Wars that lead Britain to close its borders. The Mental Health Care system has so much power over the society and people a...more
Teri Terry
OK I think 4.5 stars. Why won't they let me give half stars?!
What I really liked about The Glimpse - I didn't predict the plot. At all. And I'm someone who does that a lot... I'm annoying to sit next to in movies, cos I always guess (er... out loud) what will happen next. So reading something where I wasn't doing that was FAB.
Well, there were a few times when I thought, not sure I believe Ana could do stuff she did. But so what? The Man is always saying to me when I'm watching things that I nee...more
Micalea Smeltzer
The Glimpse is an eerie look at a future that seems just around the corner. I found myself captivated by the story that Claire Merle has weaved. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because at times I found myself lost. I wish there had been more background information. Other than that it was an intriguing story that left me breathless and wanting more. I would recommend this book and will eagerly devour the sequel. (Because there better be a sequel) I thought Ana's evolution throughout the book was v...more
Mary
The title of this book is "Glimpse" so you would think that a lot of the novel would elaborate on what the "Glimpse" is, but this novel is really about a futuristic society where pharmaceutical companies have created their own fiefdom using the rest of us a lab rats. The author took headline news and created a what-if that is scarily possible.
Sandra
JUST FINISHED THE GLIMPSE!

Dystopian? Yes.
Predictable? No.
Twists and surprises at every turn? Yes.
Horrifying. Yes.
A must read? Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
Ally
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was intrigued and worried: intrigued by this new dystopian concept and worried that I would be offended or put off by the way that people predisposed to mental illnesses are written about. In this future, anyone with genetic predisposition to any mental illness is not Pure: they are Crazies. And they are not allowed to live near the Pures. Ana is pure, or at least she thought she was until her retest revealed an anomaly. It's all she ever wanted: to...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
I couldn't make it past the first four chapters. See this review for the looong list of why. And this one. Don't miss this one, either.


Not for me.
Melanie
I really don't want to read book two, but I have a copy so let's do this. No review, but hopefully will have one for The Fall.
Kate
I couldn't put The Glimpse down - it was so exciting.... You will love this book, read it and see!!!
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Author of THE GLIMPSE, Faber & Faber, expected release June 2012.

Claire wrote her first paranormal screenplay at the age of thirteen and named it after a road sign. DANGER ALIVE never made it to the big screen, but she continued to write and daydream her way through school and university, graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film Studies, and spent the next few years working in the British Film Indus...more
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