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3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  7,274 Ratings  ·  875 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
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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*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/
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
Apr 04, 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.



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.
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
Vi Vi
Jun 24, 2011 Vi Vi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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...


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

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
Mila BlackSheep BS
“He seemed about my age, tall and lanky with skin the color of warm brown bread crust,”

Every time a writer describes skin color as food, I just want to go to their house, stare creepily at them like this:


And ask, what was going on through your mind when you thought that was a good idea?

Because seriously, I don’t get it, and it’s not only terribly offensive but it’s dumb. Of all the things you could chose to describe skin you go for “warm brown bread crust”? Thanks for clarifying that the crust w
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
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
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
Dec 28, 2011 Ambur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Hannah  (Hannah Plus Books)
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
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
Jodi Meadows
Mar 02, 2011 Jodi Meadows rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-blurbed
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:

Sarah E.
Mar 10, 2012 Sarah E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
May 19, 2012 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy s*** I LOVED this book. This is my first time reading a Sci-Fi/Fantasy type book and OMFG Heather Anastasui has rocked my world. I have seen many mixed reviews and a lot of people didn't like this book but I honestly loved it! Zoe kept me super interested the whole time... I couldn't stop flipping the pages.

Zoel is apart of the Community where everyone is inserted with a V-Chip which keeps them from feeling human emotions and connected to "The Link". That is until she starts "Glitching" and
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
May 09, 2015 Luzie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a good read, but it was kind of unoriginel. It reminded me all too well about the book Delerium by Lauren Oliver, even though i have not read it yet. The story was kind of a let down, the idea was good but the structure was at some points just so bad described or generally confusing. The characters had their charm which lifted the story to a better grade. Zoel "Zoe" was a kind of naive, new-to-the-world, charming person that had to adjust to a rather different world of feeling ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Hilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, arc
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
Debbie 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
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
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
May 07, 2012 Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that enjoyed Delirium
Recommended to Kelley by: Netgalley
This review also appears on Reading to Stay Alive

* Received from Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for an honest review.

In the world of Glitch, the people are closer resembled to robots, or drones than actual human beings. The only ones capable of glitching are children and teens. The ones who have yet to get their permanent v-chip installed. Our main character Zoel, better known to her glitching friends as Zoe, is glitching big time. But not only that, she has a secret, a secret power. She can m
Amy Acosta
Dec 28, 2011 Amy Acosta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a world where humans exist controlled by the Link, a program that leaves them without emotion, glitching is a serious problem. Zoe glitches, and as far as she knows she’s the only one experiencing freedom from the Link. If she doesn’t learn to control her feelings when she’s disconnected someone might report her and she’ll be reprogrammed. But that’s not her biggest problem. Zoe has telekinetic powers, and if someone discovers that she’ll be deactivated! Then Zoe meets others like her, kids w ...more
Amber (Books of Amber)
Finished it in one day. Such a great book.


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
Jan 31, 2012 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zoe has grown up her whole life thinking that the Community knows best. That being connected to the link and disconnected from feelings is the best way of life. But Zoe likes when she glitches. She can feel, see, smell things differently. She know's she should report herself, she is an anomaly, and they can fix her, but she just can't bring herself to do it. Zoe's world gets shaken when she finds out Max is a glitcher too and Adrien has a gift, same as her.

Zoe is such a strong character. At firs
Nov 17, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, if there is one thing that creeps me out it’s a super hyper-ordered society. Well, if I’m being honest there are a lot of things that creep me out. Spiders. Weird meats. The hair on the floor in beauty salons. But Stepford societies are definitely also one of them. And Glitch? Is one of those Stepford societies. For real. It actually reminded me a bit of The Giver, which I didn’t especially love (I actually liked Glitch better) but it has some of the same hallmarks. Very repressed people in ...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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