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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  174 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

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Hardcover, Limited Edition, 293 pages
Published May 2014 by Jurassic London
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Milo (BOK)
The Review:

“An excellent read from Kim Curran,who delivers a fascinating book with some compelling characters and a strong, thought provoking narrative that remains compelling throughout. Highly Recommended – this could well end up being one of the best young adult novels of 2014.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world
Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it
*I was sent a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Petri Quinn is a 15 year old girl who is desperate to get onto Glaze - a social network that everyone uses - but is only available to anyone 16 and over. One day, when Petri is at a peaceful protest that turns into a riot, she gets caught for inciting violence and receives a 5 year ban from Glaze. She seeks out this underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted so she can access Glaze. However, this
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pengetahuan saya tentang dunia digital lumayan bertambah setelah membaca buku ini. Minimal jadi memahami makna beberapa istilah serta mendapat gambaran mengenai cara kerjanya.

Tak ketinggalan juga diuraikan bagaimana kehebatan efek dari sebuah jaringan sosial. Bagaikan pisau, jika berada dalam genggaman seorang ahli bedah makan pisau itu akan sangat berguna bagi nyama seseorang. Tapi jika berada dalam genggaman perampok tentunya akan sangat menakutkan dan membahayakan jiwa seseorang. Jaringan sos
Vee ♔Under Mountain Books♔
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
GLAZE is an interesting technology, developed in part by Petri's mother, Zizi and by her father figure, Max. All of the world is on it - at least, those over the age of 16. It reminds me a little of the technology in Google Glass, but this technology is directly implanted into the brain, because that's not creepy at all. Anyone not on it quickly feels left out - anyone on GLAZE isn't always with the world and are too busy sending other users on GLAZE messages and such, than interacting to each o ...more
Leontii Cristea
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Jet Black Ink:

4.5 stars

I read this book in two sittings. Granted, both of those were extended, woe-is-me-I’m-so-sick sittings, where one hour turns into twelve and before you know it, you’re about to embark upon the final ten percent of the book—but still. That fact is countered by this: I never read books like this. Glaze might not be published by Strange Chemistry, but she’s one of them. So there’s a certain loyalty attached. I ummed and ahhed about whether or not t
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Social media—for most people they have become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. Checking in with family on Facebook, sending a quick WhatsApp message to your friend letting them know you'll be late for coffee, instagramming a photo of that beautiful sunset or tweeting your opinions on the latest Game of Thrones episode, it's all done on social media and almost everyone has at least one account. Unless you're like my husband, who flatly refuses. Then again, he didn't have a mobile phone until 2 ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scary Good

The truth and scary reality behind this dystopian novel is worth every twist and turn. Some things lag on, and the annoying teenager angst is palpable... but the truth value and societal impact is great. Read and enjoy!
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Having read and adored both Shift and Control, I was instantly interested in knowing about Kim’s next project. When it was finally announced and the synopsis was revealed, I was instantaneously hooked. It sounded like such an interesting novel and I just knew that I had to get my hands on it. I was also wary of my excitement – as I usually am – worried that I would somehow end up getting disappointed. Fortunately, however, I am here to happily report that, that did not happen. Instead I once aga ...more
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the author for providing me a complimentary copy of her book in exchange for a review. Doing so does not sway my judgment in any way.

It's funny, when I was reading this book I highlighted a sentence from the excerpt before I even saw it, "Puberty, people, is a bitch." How true of a statement is that? That one sentence nails it down and those 5 words describe those years perfectly. On one hand you want to be your own person, on the other hand you want what you see peers hav
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Kim Curran's latest book is a clever, yet disturbing, fast-paced chase through not only a dystopian London of the near future but the omnipotent social network that is GLAZE. It's her third novel and I think it's her best yet. (It's a stand-alone book and not part of the excellent Shifter series, which currently comprises SHIFT and CONTROL. DELETE, the third book of that series, is out in August.)

GLAZE is Petri Quinn's story: she's 15 years old when we first meet her, which means that she's coun
Richard Webb
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
At the heart of Kim Curran’s Glaze is a depiction of a teenager’s turmoil -- simultaneously trying to fit and yet also be individual -- set against the backdrop of a high-tech conspiracy. The teenager in question is Petri, a disarmingly normal youth through whose eyes we feel the acute awkwardness of negotiating relationships with boys, friends, adults and authorities.

She suffers several indignities and injustices – her embarrassing name, the non-empathetic treatment by her self-absorbed and ina
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at The Solitary Bookworm

There’s no doubt that in the near future, social media will consume our lives more than it is affecting us now. The amount of time that people dedicate in updating their accounts is crazy – whether it be Facebook Twitter, Instagram or whatever. I myself am guilty of this habit because it is indeed addicting. Every activity, every destination, every thought is being “broadcast” with every click. And there is no limit as to what you can learn through the w
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
(View this review on My Library in the Making.)

GLAZE is a book that majority of the world needs right now, in this age when we are so immersed with social media and everything online that we forget how to connect in the real, physical world. Okay, so this book may be an exaggeration of today, but it is still an eye-opener.

Our protagonist, Petri Quinn, feels very left out. She's yet to turn 16, so she can't get on GLAZE like all the other kids in her year. She can't watch what they're watching or
S.A. Partridge
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love are books that challenge readers to think for themselves. Think Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games, Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother – books that make the reader believe that they have a voice, a future and inner strength capable of facing any enemy. Glaze is a smart, slick book that does just that.

How many times have you Tweeted someone in the same room as you, or gone somewhere just so that you could Instagram it? I know I have.

There’s no question that social
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5* Review to come!

*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Kim Curran*

Kim Curran does it again - she's smashed out another excellent book which leaves me wanting to read more and more! This book definitely hit home with me. Many of the things that Kim explores about social media are things that I worry about now. Curran raises issues of online security, privacy and oppression. There is so much bundled into this novel and it all worked perfectly. Glaze makes for an engaging topica
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Petri Quinn and the world that she lives in which is not too dissimilar to our own. She lives in a world where Glaze, a multimedia network, is all the rage and at age 16 you're allowed to join. Glaze is everything, you can send messages, watch films, get data and information, video, take photos, anything and everything is possible.
Glaze was made by Max, and Petri's mother Zizi helped to ensure that the system is hack proof. Together they have designed an entirely new way of
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
All Petri’s friends are on Glaze but she’s got to wait for her sixteenth birthday to get the chip. Her mother’s an ex-hacker genius who works for her “uncle” Max’s company; the very company who created and run the mega social network. She counting down the days until she matters as far as her peers are concerned. When a peaceful protest turns sour, Petri is identified as inciting violence, (she was just being sarcastic). Instead of a trial, she’s given a blank chip, a ban from accessing Glaze fo ...more
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review: Glaze-the next level of social media. A chip is inserted into your head, and you are on Glaze. You can see everyone's names and stories. You can see the history of an object. You are connected to everyone all the time. Petri is fifteen when she is charged with inciting a riot. As a punishment, she isn't allowed onto Glaze until she's twenty-one, as opposed to the standard age of sixteen. Unable to take being left out, Petri goes to some hackers to get a chip inserted on the black market. ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Glaze is essentially the internet of the future. Instead of needing a computer or other device to access it, you are implanted with a chip that gives you access. You can then send messages to your friends, send status updates, watch videos and so on without having to move. It is all conducted in front of you, in front of your current surroundings. At 15 years old, Petri Quinn is one year away from being of the age to be implanted and feels extremely left out as everyone else in her year is alrea ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, ya
I thought Glaze had very good pacing and after a slowish start I was completely immersed. The technology of social media as an omnipresent force in society was well thought-out, and one could imagine a world not too far in the future with some of these problems occurring. That is one aspect of the book I found a little too familiar - many references to modern day Western issues and events. So this is future but not far-future world.

Curran's protagonist is believable, likeable, imperfect as a pr
Ratna Adhi Utami
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aku suka Petri, dan sudut pandangnya yg realistis sbg remaja. Dan juga Ethan... *swooning*
Intinya aku suka cerita dan karakter utama di buku ini. Terjemahannya bagus. Bahasanya pun enak dibaca. Spekulasi teknologi di masa mendatang termasuk tema favoritku, apalagi yg mengancam umat manusia. Teknologi yg sekarang dipakai aja udah bisa memberikan efek negatif ke penggunanya dan bisa disalahgunakan.

(view spoiler)
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The premise behind this is brilliant. Also frighteningly plausible, like all the best stories are. Essentially, people over the age of 16, who aren't criminals, are chipped to make them part of Glaze. Being part of Glaze is like having Youtube, Google, Twitter and Facebook plugged directly into your brain - a constant stream of information and social media - those in Glaze are permanently in the loop. It's an absolutely fascinating premise and it's executed really well.

Each character felt unique
Katy Haye
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA lovers of speculative or dystopian fiction
I love Kim Curran's books! This was another fabulous speculative feast. Petri was an entertaining heroine and I could completely sympathise with her desire to fit in, her wish that her mother could be different from her embarrassing reality, and her struggle not to be in love with a boy she knows is an idiot was painfully realistic.
Ethan was an excellent hero, capable from the start and with a complex and conflicted back story that made for lots of conflict.
The plotting was superb - tight and te
Tazkia Nurahmat
May 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
When I first read the first pages of the book, I actually gave some hope that this will be a whole new different YA book. I went deeper then I thought WTF? I've read this one before, it's divergent! Although it's not really divergent, but both have the same mind controlling scheme, there's just social media in this one. It follows the same cliché as all YA books now. Unnecessary romance, uninteresting but attractive pale hunk that the protagonist will make out, revolution, older villain dressed ...more
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw Glaze on goodreads I knew I had to read it. I have only read one of Kim's books before but I absolutely loved it. When I found out Faye was putting together a blog tour for Glaze I filled in the form and kept my fingers and toes crossed that I would get a date. I don't want to give too much away about what happen in Glaze so this review will mainly be my thoughts and what I have come away with, rather than what exactly happens in Glaze.

Check out my full review as part on the tou
A mediocre novel about social media. It's competent enough (although often dipping into cliche) but not doing anything particularly fascinating with the concept. Air by Geoff Ryman explores much more interestingly the impacts of this kind of technology.
There are two things that drag it down for me, which are almost contradictory. Firstly, it is very curmudgeonly about teenagers, I half expected Bill O'Reilly to turn up to complain about texting epidemics. Then, at the end, she attempts to invert
Dian Achdiani
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pernah ambu bilang kalau ambu engga suka dystopia?

Nah, yang ini dystopia banget. Dystopia dalam masyarakat internet, yang internet-nya bahkan udah bukan di PC bukan di smartphone, tapi dicangkokkan di otak.

Nah lho! Dan bagaimana kalau ada yang berusaha memanjangkan jangkauan chip yang ditanam agar bisa dipakai untuk mengendalikan kebahagiaan?

Dan ambu suka buku dystopia yang ini! Stand alone gitu ya? *buka-buka gudrids lebih jauh* lalu Indonesia disebut-sebut bersama meja kayu jati. Lalu antagoni
WhyNN ~
pada bagian awal, saat membaca blurb...cukup membuat saya tertarik untuk membacanya, tapi sayang eksekusi dari ide ceritanya terasa lari kemana-mana dan tidak fokus pada ide awal, saya nggak tahu apakah keterbatasan halaman atau memang dibuat begini.

karakter tokohnya sendiri bukan tipe yang saya suka, plinplan dalam artian cepat berubah pikiran (hanya dalam jentikan waktu) dan tidak punya sikap.

sebenarnya pengen kasih 2 tapi karena buku ini tidak membuat saya merasa sangat bosan, dengan senang h
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kim Curran’s fourth book is anchored firmly in time: a year or two from now, 2014. Facebook has died a death in the face of the ultimate social network, Glaze. Curran investigates and questions several fundamental assumptions about our interconnectedness in social networking. She’s got a clear sense of character and creates a living, breathing collection of young people – adults in fact, but not in name, who are something of a stock in trade for her – that go on and save the world. Fast-paced, t ...more
Daphne (Illumicrate)
3.5 stars

A really fast-paced, action-packed, enjoyable dystopian read. It felt very real at times, almost like social commentary. I thought the concept was great, with people being too connected, the idea of being a hive mind, having your choices taken away from you, an all powerful corporation...this all rang very true with me. However, I didn't connect with the characters as much as I wanted to and none of them were particularly likable. Also it ended rather abruptly, where I would have wanted
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