Waiting on Wednesday: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

Heather Anastasiu

St. Martin's Press
Releases August 7, 2012
320 pages

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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. 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.

I'm reading a book right now about people that have chips in their heads and it's really freaking me out, but more about that later. This sounds like a fun concept to make the dystopian YA genre still seem fresh. While the idea of emotions being bred out of humanity has been used in the past, I think it would be interesting to see it in more of a technological way. Plus you have psychics and shapeshifters. What could go wrong with that?