Series: The Glitches Series #1
Published by Relay Publishing on 09/05/2016
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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On the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving.
In Lib’s world, it’s dangerous to deviate from the norm. In fact, for someone who doesn’t live up to the Artificial Intelligence’s standards, it’s practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up in a barren wasteland, with her memories erased, and only one thought lodged in her mind:
“It’s all my fault.”
Lib is a Glitch—an imperfect human component of the utopian world called the Norm. Now she’s thrown out, Lib will be forced to team up with another Glitch, Raj, and the mysterious Rogue Wolf and his clan to survive. Wolf only cares about the survival of his group, but Raj thinks they can hack the A.I. and change the Norm for the better.
Now, Lib will have to decide which path to choose—whether to go with striking loner Raj or stay with Wolf and his tight-knit group. Her heart is drawn to both, but she’s carrying a deadly secret that could jeopardize them all. Will she be able to save her newfound family and stop the A.I. before it’s too late?
“They don’t want me here. They don’t like me. But I have nowhere else to go, and I am determined now to prove I can be useful.” — “The Glitch” by Ramona Finn
Lib is not wanted in the Norm. Most of the Rogues on the Outside at best put up with her, and that’s only because Skye (another Glitch) and Bird (a seer-like Rogue) have vouched for her. Her memory is broken and she does not have immediate access to all of what should have been basic knowledge for her, such as the name of some inanimate objects in the world around her. One clear (albeit confusing) memory remains forefront and center. She is supposed to find other Glitches. Lib struggles to reclaim herself and find her place on the Outside within the Tracker Clan, a clan of Rogues led by a man who makes her feel things she’s never felt before.
A book cover needs to have that little something extra to grab my attention enough to read what it’s about, let alone to dive into its contents. What first drew me in was the girl’s familiar stance and how she stood firm in such bleak landscaping, unafraid. The psychological twist intrigued me further. A girl wakes up and doesn’t know who she is, where she is, or why. She only knows she’s to blame. Enter emotional struggle. It wasn’t long before I was hooked. I wanted to know why Lib was kicked out of the Norm, how it was possible to tamper with something so personal as one’s memories, and if anything would ever come from the budding spark between her and Wolf. Lib truly was a fascinating, well-written, and relatable character and I loved every bit of her story.
I’ll admit, it was a little slow to start. It almost seemed as if Lib was stuck in a loop when she first woke up, but then that’s to be expected when your mind’s been tampered with like that. Finn more than made up for it later.
I also didn’t love how the ending wrapped up so quickly and somewhat summarily. It felt like there was much more that could have been done in this book. This is the beginning of a series (YESSS!!) so at least there’s much more to look forward to.
I’d call this a solid 4 out of 5. The writing was great, I loved most of the characters, and the story had a good flow. This was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down! But heads up – I quickly learned this was NOT something I could read on my breaks at work. I kept, well, losing track of time. Oops? Lol. Great work, Finn! And a big thanks to NetGalley for introducing me to this little gem! I can’t wait to see what Finn has in store for us next.
Finn writes dystopia, is enamored with sci-fi, and believes in the bravery of fighting back. I haven’t seen much else out there about our author yet. She has a link to sign up for her mailing list at the end of the book (DONE!). She also has a Facebook page but so far it’s primarily focused on promo’ing the release of this book, presumably her first. If anyone hears any differently, let us know!
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