Friday, February 17, 2012

Book Review and Apoc Love Interview: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Cybernetically-enhanced teen Zoe Gray is glitching, and if she's found out by her rigid underground society, she'll be reprogrammed or even deactivated. As she learns to stay hidden and control her developing telekinesis, she discovers other glitchers including two boys that vie for her affections - Adrian, a boy who can dream the future and Max, a shapeshifter.

If that last sentence makes you think "oh no - not another love triangle", fear not, because the triangle is not the core of the emotional journey (though it does have some rather cool implications plot-wise).  Because Zoe has effectively been dead to emotion all her life, her glitching opens a whole new world for her. Her interactions with Adrian are so affecting because she has no artifice. Though he's a long term member of the resistance, Adrian renews his investment in the cause because he's so inspired by experiencing the beauty of the world through her innocent eyes.  It's an incredibly tender romance with an underlying current of sizzle - and that's why it gets the Zombie Chicken Merit Badge for Romance.

The novel has so much more to offer too.  An interesting world, high stakes, and a killer of a twist ending. Zoe's journey from naive follower to empowered fighter is exciting, emotional and kick-ass fun.

Since Heather's an Apocalypsie, we also get an Apocalypsies Love interview with her today!

What is your favorite scene in the book?
Picking a favorite is so hard! I will say there’s a scene—between Adrien and Zoe at his mom’s house when they first get to really talk—that was one of the scenes stewing in my head long before I ever actually started writing the book, so it definitely stands out to me.

What is your favorite line in the book?
“I opened my mouth to his and tried to take him in so deep that my soul, if I had one, would remember what my brain forgot.”

On it's own, that line might seem a bit over-the-top, but because of the scene it follows, it's absolutely perfect. What setting was most fun to write?
There’s this scene on the Surface that was fun to write because I got to play with being an unreliable narrator. It’s one of the things I love about writing in first person. If things start getting crazy for your main character, then the narration starts getting warped too. VERY fun to write!

Who is your favorite supporting character - one you could see getting a spin-off book - and why?
Book 1 of the trilogy is pretty narrowly focused in on just a few characters, but they’re all main characters. But say, if I could write a spin-off book where I got to tell events from a different point of view, it would definitely be Max. He’s got some bad boy tendencies, and he’s so much fun to write.

What has been your favorite part of your publishing journey so far?
So far, nothing has beat the high of first selling the trilogy, getting the phone call that it sold to a great publisher here in the US (St. Martin’s), and then getting another call the next week that it had sold to France and Germany too. It was this amazing feeling of: oh my gosh, this is really happening, my book is going to be published and be on shelves around the world!!!

Thanks Heather!

GLITCH will be available August 7, 2012.  Find out more about it at Heather's website.  See also the GLITCH preview interview she did last Dystopian August.

See index of all dystopian reviews at Presenting Lenore

FTC disclosure: The author sent me this book for review.


Iona English said...

I've never actually heard about this book until now, and I'll admit I only went on the review because the book cover looks so pretty, but it sounds really interesting and unique.
I'm glad it's not a typical love triangle, like we need another one of those.
I will have to check this book out

Unknown said...

Wow - Glitch sounds pretty unique! I'll be looking for it when it hits the shelves. And congratulations to Heather! This must be a pretty thrilling year :)

Nella said...

The cover is beautiful, and it sounds very interesting to. I will definetly read it when it comes out

Unknown said...

I've been following Heather's twitter and news about the book for a little while and I'm happy to see her here!

Glitch is definitely on my TBR list, I hope I can read&review it as soon as possible.

And look at the cover! Let me express my feelings like this:

Lovely interview!

Zibilee said...

This is the first time I have heard of this one, but now I am really interested in it! I loved the plot synopsis and the interview as well, especially Heather's favorite scene in the book! Great post today!

Kailana said...

Love triangles in young adult books is basically my pet peeve at the moment. Even if it isn't the central theme I think it might bug me...

Kulsuma said...

Since I first heard about Glitch, I have been wanting to read it! It sounds really cool and unique! Just my thing.

Elizabeth Briggs said...

I can't wait for this book!

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Ellz said...

I am new to this title. It sounds great, very fresh. Fantastic interviews! Love the cover!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read Glitch! Right not the release feels like it August 2013 instead of 2012. Great interview.

Unknown said...

It sounds really interesting. I love the cover!

Debbie's World of Books said...

I've never heard of this one but it sounds really good. Thanks for mentioning it!

Evie said...

I really like love triangles so I'm cool with it. And I think I already like Adrian better :)
Love this cover too!

roro said...

can't wait for this book! it has been on my radr before the cover reveal

so exited for it