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Book Review: Shutdown

Book: Shutdown
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Recommend: A strong ending to an excellent series!

I wish that more people knew about this one. Honestly, it is one of those series that just hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. This is the third and final book and it kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time.

I have to say that my favorite thing about this series is not the main character. Don’t get me wrong, Zoe is a strong character but Adrien really makes this series work for me. I really enjoy the complexity and struggles with this character, especially after what happened to him in the previous book. I also LOVE how the author handled the issue. She didn’t miraculously solve it for the characters, she made them deal with the whole thing even though it was the harder thing to write.

I honestly think that the biggest flaw is the same one that I see creeping up over and over again in YA fiction, the predictable ending. We knew what was going to happen and how it was going to end long before you got there as a reader. Authors need to create a more creative ending. Really.

I loved this book and am sad to see this series end. It is definitely worth picking up this series which starts with Glitch. Check it out 🙂

Final Rating:

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Book Review: Override

Book: Override

Author: Heather Anastasiu

Recommend: Definitely! Think I liked the second one even better than the first…

Okay, a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, I read the first book in this series, Glitch before it came out. I absolutely loved it and couldn’t wait for the next. I had given up hope that the author would ever get the next book done but it is finally here and I dove into it this weekend and let me say, it was worth the wait.

Zoe is now out of one prison only to find herself in another thanks to her extreme allergies to anything and everything on the surface. When Adrien is finally able to get her out, she is thrilled, only to find herself stuck in a world she doesn’t fully understand or agree with. Not to mention that Adrien’s mother completely hates her. When everything seems to go wrong at every turn, Zoe must somehow get control over her gifts even though they seem to be controlling her. When everything she thinks is truth turns out to be a lie, how far will she go to save Adrien’s life?

I didn’t think it was possible for a book to move faster than Glich did. I was very very wrong. This one is breakneck speed all the way through. So much so that when something seems not quite right, I thought it was the writer doing something obnoxious to keep the story moving instead of setting the reader up for one huge twist. Huge warning about the end of this one – if you are looking for a nice clean ending that doesn’t leave you hanging, give up that notion now. I wanted to throw this one when I was done, the ending was so frustrating.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series which is supposedly due in July, making me much happier than I was with the long wait for this one. This one gets the rarely used top rating folks 🙂

Final Rating:

Need more than one copy!!

Need more than one copy!!

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Book Review: Glitch – the Matrix meets 1984

Book: Glitch

Author: Heather Anastasiu

Recommend: I can’t wait for people to discover this one! What an amazing teen read!

Very rarely does the cover of a book accurately tell a part of the story but with this book the cover pretty much gives you an idea of what you are in for. In a future society after a war, society moves underground, and everyone had a port in the back of their neck in order to block almost every emotion except for pain, necessary to preserve life. People are pair together, not for love, but genetic compatibility and no one seems to care that they have no rights or freedoms. Well almost all of them. Zoe is the exception because she is anomalous, a glitch. Society doesn’t’ have complete control over her mind. The she sees the beautiful bright blue eyes of another boy connect with hers and her life will never be the same again.

I thought this was a wonderful book filled with everything that makes a teen novel a great read. There is a fight against society, obstacles to overcome, new skills to be explored, and of course a bit of a love mess to untangle. This book also includes a rich dystopian society built on the backs of the common people, a conspiracy that was shocking, and a muddled idea of who is on what side. This book was a fast paced romp through many different ideas that somehow work seamlessly together.

I would say that the biggest flaw with this book was the fact that in some places I found the book a bit too predictable. There were a couple times that I knew exactly what was coming long before it showed up, although every time it was a welcome twist. I don’t want to get into specifics because I don’t want to ruin the story but there are a couple things in the last 75 pages or so that I saw coming but it wasn’t too distracting.This is one I might be suggesting to everyone who asks for the next fun piece of teen fiction to read.

Final Rating:

Need more than one copy!!

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