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 muc...moreRecommended 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 hell?
Glitch starts off a lot like Allie Condie’s Matched. I was intrigued by the concept of Matched and the world-building aspects but the book bored me to death. Glitch is like Matched, except with a more exciting and proactive heroine, a swoonworthy boy, a diabolical enemy, and a few twists and turns you don’t see coming. It is fast-paced and enthralling. Is it perfect? NOPE. But who cares.
The book starts off with the main character Zoel (Zoe) fiddling with “glitching” – basically there are times when the LINK network that everyone is hooked up to malfunctions and people can actually feel emotions such as happiness and sorrow, they can think for themselves and see color, have hope. Feel love for their family members.
But very few people, it seems, Glitch. And glitching is dangerous. People have had it drilled into their heads since a young age that all anomalous behaviour is to be reported to the “monitors” and if catch you acting anomalously, they can deprogram or deactivate (kill you).
So yeah there’s that. Zoel must learn to control her glitching and keep it a secret. But she meets two other boys who are glitchers as well and everything goes to hell in a handbasket.
There’s a love triangle of sorts, but the way it is done at the start (which I won’t spoil) actually makes it believable. But one of the dudes is a complete douchecanoe, which makes the triangle a bit of a no-brainer. There’s insta-love too, but again, the author gets away with it because “love” is such a new concept to Zoel…it’s quite beautiful in a way. It’s like going on a life-long cleanse and finally having chocolate cake – you’re going to eat the hell out of that until you're fatty fatty fat fat.
I’m sure some people will find fault with the logic in the book – I probably would too if I really thought about it but the book entertained me and had me shouting “Nooooooo!” at various points, which to me is a good sign. It had me emotionally involved – all I really want from a novel.
Some of the characterization was a bit flat and the book felt a bit jumbled and uneven from time to time. And yes, the concept has been done a million times before in books and movies but I liked Zoe’s tale for what it was (and there are superhero powers in this book…necessary? Maybe not. Fun? Definitely).
Anyway, I don’t want to spoil too much and I could go on and on explaining the world and what happens, but that’s something you’ll figure out in the book. It’s a trilogy and I’ll definitely be waiting impatiently for the next book. *taps foot* (less)