Review: GLITCH by Heather Anastasiu

July 30, 2012 Review 2

*This title will be released on August 7, 2012*

Glitch (Glitch, #1)


(Glitch, #1)
by Heather Anastasiu

Genre: Dystopian YA, Science Fiction | Excerpt: No
Book Trailer:  Yes
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Netgalley

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (August 7, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1250002990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250002990


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Kissing, references to sex


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.
In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.


GLITCH reminded me of a young adult version of George Orwell’s 1984 novel in that it too has omnipresent government surveillance systems, public mind control, and no individualism allowed. What I liked about GLITCH was that it took this idea one step further and had computer chips installed in people making them into more machine than human.

What was really fascinating was seeing this emotionless world through Zoe’s eyes and I loved watching her explore things that are so common to us like emotions, scents, color, and touch. I definitely felt Zoe’s panic as she  tried to hide her glitches especially when they start to happen more in public around their mind controlled and robot-like policemen. Another touch that I liked  was the growing powers of the kids who ‘glitch’  as it adds an extra element to the danger the glitchers face since they are not only having sporadic emotions but they are doing things that are even beyond normal human capabilities.

Zoe is able to do some very cool things with her telekinetic powers in the intense action scenes in this book. The pacing was fast and I breezed through this book enjoying every bit of it. By the time I finished GLITCH I wanted to pick up the next book in the Glitch Trilogy right away to see what will happen next with Zoe and her glitcher friends. OVERRIDE comes out February 19th 2013.

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2 Responses to “Review: GLITCH by Heather Anastasiu”

  1. Kristin @ My ParaHangover

    I wouldn’t normally pick up this one b/c I’m kind of getting “over” dystopian books but your review makes me want to read this and b/c, well, super powers rock! I’m adding it to my ever growing TBR so it might be a bit before I get to it, but at least it’s there for the next time I’m wandering around BN with a coupon and no clue what to buy 🙂

  2. Kristina

    Glad you are putting this on your TBR pile! Its worth a read. 🙂