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.
OK, if there is one thing that creeps me out it’s a super hyper-ordered society. Well, if I’m being honest there are a lot of things that creep me out. Spiders. Weird meats. The hair on the floor in beauty salons. But Stepford societies are definitely also one of them. And Glitch? Is one of those Stepford societies. For real. It actually reminded me a bit of The Giver, which I didn’t especially love (I actually liked Glitch better) but it has some of the same hallmarks. Very repressed people in a very regimented society. Emotions are blocked from happening because, the folks are told, they previously led to a nuclear war. Thus, everyone is really, really boring. Those who glitch and experience emotion – like Zoe – are in grave danger of being reprogrammed at best and deactivated (or killed) at worst.
I definitely liked the book overall but there were a couple of things that bothered me. One big one was Adrien’s speech patterns. At first I thought I was just being overly picky, but as the book went on it really started to chafe. He uses these crazy made-up swear words and he does it A LOT. Too much. I also had some issues with the insta-love, but there was an interesting twist there at least. And the love triangle left me feeling kind of cold, but that’s true of most books.
That said, there was more I liked in Glitch than not. I thought that the story itself was pretty unique. It was somewhat of an amalgam of other dystopians, but all put together it definitely had a plot that I hadn’t seen before. I thought Glitch was a really good debut. It had some really nice twists and turns and an ending that left me wanting the next book.