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Book Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Heather Anastasiu’s Glitch was everything I want in a book. Every page begs to be read and flipped, and I kept wanting more.

Book Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

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Title & Author: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Science Fiction

Release Date: August 7, 2012

Series: 1st book in a trilogy

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley


“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 so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.”

If Glitching is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right

Glitch was more than I was hoping for. I don’t read a lot of science fiction – mainly because a lot of the story lines simply don’t appeal to me. With Glitch I was immediately intrigued, and I’m so glad I followed my instinct.

The people of the Community don’t think or feel or emote…because they don’t have too. Everyone is connected to the Link, which takes over their brains like a driver switching on auto-pilot. They were told it keeps them calm and away from dangerous emotions, like rage and love.

Zoe, however, isn’t quite sure what she believes anymore as she starts to frequently become disengaged from the Link. When she’s free of its mind-numbing buzzing in her head, she tastes things as if for the first time with bursting flavors and textures and feels a well of emotions bubbling up in her chest.

Technology FTW

I physically could not put Glitch down. I wanted to find out more about Zoe and why she was glitching and what Adrien’s sudden appearance in her life meant.

I really liked how the people in the community are sort of part robot, part human. It made Zoe’s perspective on things wholly unique, and it was fun watching her experience everything for the first time.

In the same vein, Glitch did a great job of pairing up the ideas of advanced technology with people who were emotionally stunted. It blended these two elements really well.

Character-wise, everyone was awesomely flawed. Zoe is headstrong yet doesn’t ever play the victim or wait for Adrien or her best friend Max to lead or direct her. And Max is stubborn and a bit obsessed with Zoe.

I never really knew who to trust in Glitch – which added so much suspense and intrigue. And just when you think you know, it all subtly shift.


To put is simply: I LOVED Glitch. It was high tech, exciting and different. I adored Zoe and her emotionally confused friends, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the sequels. I highly recommend Glitch as a rich, YA science fiction novel.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.