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Fantasy Book Review: Override by Heather Anastasiu

Override was not exactly what I was expecting. I think does a few things really well, but it definitely suffered from the sophomore slump.

Book Review: Override by Heather Anastasiu

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Title & Author: Override by Heather Anastasiu

Genre: YA – Fantasy, Futuristic

Release Date: February 12, 2013

Series: Glitch #2

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley


“Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor’s control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe’s team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.

Full of high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Heather Anastasiu’s Override is an exciting continuation of this popular young adult trilogy.”

Override, Get in Gear

Override for me was a little bit of a disappointment. I still love Zoe and Adrien and will definitely be pumped to read the final book, but there was something off about the Glitch sequel.

First of all, it took me a surprisingly long amount of time to get into the story. I’m talking more than halfway through the book. I wasn’t going to give up, but I mentally pushed my way through.

I think this was for two main reasons. One, the trajectory of the book was taken in a very different direction. In Glitch, the story focuses around Zoe’s life in the Community, a society where everyone’s minds are connected (read: controlled) by the Link. They follow orders and do not feel or show emotions. It’s the whole story of Zoe’s “awakening” and discovery of emotions and her special supernatural abilities.

Naturally, in Override the story progresses and Zoe must now face the world outside and above the Community. One where she is learning to use her powers and join another community – one with students just like her.

The trouble is that Override involves a lot of military tactics and missions, which gives off a very different vibe than the first book. Plus, instead of just beginning her romance with Adrien, they’re facing the ups and downs of a relationship.

And, two, the action of the book happens in short spurts with very little going on in between. It sort of followed the line of plan to travel, plan to go on a mission, learn your abilities, GO GO GO, then recover and plan again.

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I LOVED Glitch and had maybe too many expectations for Override.

I think it also didn’t help that Zoe faces SO MANY challenges. She’s pitted against other students who don’t trust her and fear her (with the exception of a few). Her and Adrien’s relationship is rocky to say the least (but still strong). And, Zoe can’t figure out her powers and ends up destroying/hurting people in the process.

I must say – when the action did pick up, I was really into the story and found myself flipping pages like crazy. It was just a tough wait to get there.


Fans of Glitch, keep strong. Override was just OK, but I still have faith and hope in this series. If you can make it through the first half of the book, I think the end of Override will helpt to make up for the lack of action and military tactic-heavy beginning.

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.