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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  4,231 ratings  ·  674 reviews
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...more
ebook, 371 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Blythe
Warning: Possible spoilers (but do you really want to read this?)

*sigh* Oh, Glitch.



When reading a book, however horrible that book might be, I do try to find something even slightly redeemable, that could save the book from falling into my one-star abyss. Unfortunately, I truly found nothing likable or redeemable in this book. I'll be splitting my review of Glitch into four categories, and analyze each one. Those four categories are: the characters, the relationships, the writing, and the plot/...more
Marg K.
Before I set my stun gun to 'death ray', let me start things off by discussing Glitch's less infuriating flaws & misdemeanors.

First of all, the writing was rather mediocre with a lot of repetition and juvenile, clichéd, cheesy dialogue. Can't say too much about the plot either since it essentially consisted of the same predictable situations and melodramatic character interactions replayed over & over again.

Secondly, there were quite a few inconsistencies in the storytelling. Zoe would...more
Reynje
I’d like to be able to say that this is one for those readers seeking a solid dystopian YA with strong sci-fi elements, but in truth, this Glitch is not that book. At best it’s an on-trend, marketable novel aimed at fans of Matched and the like. At worst, it’s a formulaic, cliché-riddled book I feel like I’ve read several times before.

While the premise of a community hooked up to a shared network that essentially rids them of individual emotional and thought seems promising, the inconsistencies...more
Sam
Heather Anastasiu’s Glitch is another case of good potential lost. In a futuristic society, computer chips are inserted into members of the public to limit their thoughts and emotions. In effect, they are one ‘community’, feeling and seeing nothing but grey and working like cogs in a machine – with the exception of ‘glitchers’, individuals who show anomalous activity. This was an interesting idea, one that had the capacity to develop into something quite exciting and gripping, but unfortunately,...more
Ain020596
Sep 22, 2012 Ain020596 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
St Martin's Press? After Evermore and House Of Night, tread very lightly. You might be able to pull off shitty Paranormal books, but when it comes to Dystopia, don't mess it up.

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OR. ELSE.

Edit, 18th Aug:

Wow. Looking at the reviews, I was spot on. I'm telling you, the person working at this publishing house needs to be fired or something.
Vi Vi
April 19: Got a Galley for this from Netgalley so I'm going to give it a go. Thank you to St. Martin's. Going in with no expectations...

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I'm sorry, I just couldn't get into this. It's a DNF for me.

It's your typical dystopian lite-fiction, except the publishers want to make you believe otherwise because there are more science fiction (lite) elements in it. But really, it's the same old same old.

Controlling political entity that is vaguely controlling everyone. The main character is your typical...more
Eunice
3.75 stars

Glitch is a very interesting and fascinating novel. I wasn't really into dystopian novel which are about, uh, how am I going to describe it? robot-like people? cyborg? computer chips and stuffs? Something like that, you get it right? Like Skinned or Cinder (Although I heard really a lot of good things about the latter and am planning to read it soon). Themes like that just don't appeal on me that much. But when I saw this on my friend's blog's WoW, I find it really interesting and appe...more
Richard Denney
Jan 09, 2012 Richard Denney marked it as to-read
I was crazy interested in this book until the second paragraph of the synopsis.
She meets 2 boys? who show her feelings she's never known? another love triangle?
more romance??????????????? why must there always be romance? I will probably read it anyway because it sounds awesome as shit but I'm turned off by the romance.
Marielle
Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press!! This is the first book on Netgalley I've been approved for. Yay!

Secrets were strictly forbidden in the Community. Of course, it had never been a problem before, because we weren’t supposed to be capable of secrets. It was secrets that started the wars and almost destroyed the planet. Secrets and lies and destructive passions. But we were saved from all that. We were logical. Orderly.
Secrets were wrong. Keeping one was wrong. But I had more than that n
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Ariana


This book was probably definitely intended to a younger audience so there is no surprise that I found it to be a bit juvenile at parts. Based on this I really had a hard time rating it, as there were things that I really liked, but there were some things I simply needed to skip.

If you are in your teen years and you haven’t come across too many dystopian books then you probably will love this book, so just pick it up and surprise yourself by enjoying it.

As for me, I am not a teen and I’ve been r...more
Crystal
Wow just wow! I am totally stunned that Heather Anastasiu managed to take a story that I have read a thousand times and make it new and exciting. I am completely blown away in a very very good way.

This story is amazing. I got completely lost in the wonderful storytelling and I really felt like nothing was left out. That is a hard thing to say because usually I can always find one area where I wanted or needed to know more but this author did an amazing job at informing the reader and building a...more
Ambur
Glitch was one of my most anticipated books for this year, and I am extremely glad to say that it completely lived up...and even surpassed all of my expectations! :D As I always do when I read dystopians I payed attention to the way that the world has changed and how the author has crafted their world...and I loved the way that Heather Anastasiu created hers! She described it so well, and made it stand out. I could actually picture it the way Zoe did, with everything grey and monotone until she...more
fяσzєη, kupo~
I really couldn't get into this. Everything was so basic dystopian, the protagonist was a Mary Sue, and the romance was moving way too fast, to the point of insta-love. I tried giving this a chance, but it was just painful to read.

And the way Adrien (the love interest) curses is annoying as hell. "Cracking", "shunting", "godlam'd", and many more weird-ass words. I was yelling 'SHUT UP' at him the whole time.

It really was too painful for me to finish, but most of you YA dystopian fans out there w...more
Hannah
You know that feeling when you get an ARC copy of a book that you've been fantasising about since you first heard of it?


Yeah, that one. That's how I was when I was approved to read Glitch by St. Martin's Press.

As random as it may sound, one of the things I love most about dystopian fiction is the setting of the world that we now live in, and Heather has portrayed possibly one of my favourite 'scenarios' to date. A society which is controlled by what the government says is right and wrong – every...more
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books
Originally posted at my blog Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

Expected publication date: August 7th 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
By Heather Anastasiu

I really enjoyed this story, It took me a short time to get into it, once I was able to actually read it, as its an ARC (advanced readers copy from NetGalley) and it was in a format for computer only, and I have a hard time reading on the computer. I finally got it on my Kindle, but took some work to get it there, so I was able to really read it a...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Caution: Rant ahead; proceed at your own cost.

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but the truth is I couldn’t didn’t finish the book. I got halfway in, then decided I couldn’t take it anymore.

To start with what I liked, I was glad when the book started, Zoel was already glitching. I didn’t want to go through pages of blankness and robotic-ness. I’m glad the Zoel started questioning everything before Adrien came. The story premise was interesting and I can honestly say I really wanted to read it. That’s ab...more
Jodi Meadows
My official comments:

GLITCH kept me up long past bedtime with its quick pace, wonderfully creepy technology, and a frighteningly believable world. Fans of dystopian novels will love this delightful debut.

My unofficial comments:

THOSE CHIPS ARE FREAKING SCARY. D: D: D:
Sarah Jane
Right away, I was hooked on the circumstances of Glitch. The Community Corp has taken the liberties of rescuing people (and putting them in a controlled environment underground) from the nuclear war that destroyed the Old World. Each person is given a V-chip that suppresses their emotions. They are Linked In and all is orderly.

Then there are people who "glitch" - who somehow are able to override the V-chip. Zoel, a 17 year old, has been glitching for a few months. So far, she has successfully hi...more
Livvy
*This book was provided to me by netgalley as an arc for early review*

This review is also published here: http://nerdybookreviews.wordpress.com...

I thought this book was very unique!

The idea of lacking emotions was a concept I struggled to understand and fully comprehend to how it could work in this situation of a society, never mind a love triangle. However, once I began reading the book, the story begins to unravel and the situation becomes clear of how emotions can develop and the innocence...more
Michelle
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A futuristic adventure, filled with choice, friendship, and strength, taken place in a fantastic world.

Opening Sentence: I felt it coming this time.

The Review:

There has been a good amount of science fiction books. I’m a huge fan of science fiction, originating from the days of Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, and even Douglas Adams. When I was given Heather Anastasiu’s Glitch to review, I was intrigued. There were promises of futuristic societie...more
Hilda
3.5 stars

It has been two months since Zoel started glitching. Whenever she glitches, her senses become sharper. She can see colors in things, tastes food, and feel emotion she doesn’t know what to call. Zoel knows that she has to report herself, but she keeps delaying it. She doesn’t want to be deactivated yet. She will hide her glitching, although it means that she has to betray her community.

When an aquamarine-eyed boy, Adrien, saves her from deactivation, Zoel follows him to his home and lear...more
Karina Halle
Recommended for: People who liked the concept of Matched but were bored by it, sci-fi/dystopia fans, those who like fast-paced reading without too much deep thought, Delirium fans

What if the future consisted of everyone living in underground cities? What if everyone was “Linked” up to a sort of internet/database through a port in the back of our necks? What if we were all programmed to feel nothing, the only emotion being physical pain? Would a world of mindless peace be worth it? Or would it be...more
Jessica
See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

My initial thoughts on the synopsis were YAY for more dystopias! Then as I was reading it, I wasn’t too sure what to make of it. It started out slightly boring, Zoe was a bit dull, but it might have been just because she was confused at what was happening to her with the glitching. Then it suddenly picked up and I got sucked in trying to understand the composition of this society and the cracks in its walls.

The point wh...more
Amber (Books of Amber)
Finished it in one day. Such a great book.

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This was aweeesomeeee *sings*

Glitch is a brilliant asset to the YA science fiction genre, and I bet a lot of you sci-fi fans out there will adore it. Glitch combines science fiction with some dystopian AND some typical fantasy elements - fully explained by science, of course - and mixes them up in this fantastic story.

Zoe, the main character, was a badass. She goes through a hell of a lot throughout this novel, and at the end she manages to stay stan...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
There are so many amazing books this year, including this one. An highly anticipated book, Glitch lives up to the hype!


I'm very impressed with the world building of the story. Action packed, Glitch immediately throws the readers in a world of deception. I often wondered what it would be like it everyone were controlled. And this story, give just that. A front-row seat to the story of the year. I loved that along with a good moving plot, there are twist and turns the reader does not see. With so...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
I Love Sci-fi Dystopia, and Glitch is going on my list as one of my favorites. Heather Anastasiu’s world-building is awesome. I love the Old World, and the underground city of the Community it's totally fantastic. I also love the characters. Anastasiu did excellent with Zoe’s character. She made me believe that this is how someone would be if they could suddenly feel emotions after never having felt them before, and by the end of this story, Zoe was becoming a strong leader. I think she will be...more
Phoebe
Jun 01, 2012 Phoebe marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Abandoned 80 pages in. Promising premise, but the prose is very rough, repetitious, and awkward. Worldbuilding elements felt cartoony and under-developed. The fake slang ("shuntin'" "godlam'd" "cracking") particularly rankled. It's too bad, because the opening pages seemed to offer an enveloping look at a new society with cognition far afield from our own, but the story very quickly gave way to chase scenes and instaromance.
Krista (Nawanda Files)
I always feel like I have to tread lightly with Sci-fi/Dystopia. The genre is tricky, since you're not only being introduced to this new corrupt future but you're being introduced to science elements. Sometimes it makes the book drag. I'm glad to say that Glitch is a top tier Sci-fi/Dystopia novel! It's an addictive read that I really couldn't seem to put down.

Glitch is a recipe of: one cup X-Men, two cups Terminator, and a dash of Battlestar Gallactica. Which bakes you an awesome book! I'm also...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A futuristic adventure, filled with choice, friendship, and strength, taken place in a fantastic world.

Opening Sentence: I felt it coming this time.

The Review:

There has been a good amount of science fiction books. I’m a huge fan of science fiction, originating from the days of Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, and even Douglas Adams. When I was given Heather Anastasiu’s Glitch to review, I was intrigued. There were promises of futuristic societie...more
Lenore Appelhans
Cybernetically-enhanced teen Zoe Gray is glitching, and if she's found out by her rigid underground society, she'll be reprogrammed or even deactivated. As she learns to stay hidden and control her developing telekinesis, she discovers other glitchers including two boys that vie for her affections - Adrian, a boy who can dream the future and Max, a shapeshifter.

If that last sentence makes you think "oh no - not another love triangle", fear not, because the triangle is not the core of the emotion...more
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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.
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