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?
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About the Book!
The Glitch is a post-apocalyptic tale set in a world where an AI hoards resources for a community called the Norm, while those excluded or ejected from the Norm struggle to survive in the wastelands surrounding it. Newly banished glitch, Lib, finds herself on the outside, stripped of memories and at the mercy of a band of rogues who call themselves the Tracker Clan.
What I most liked about the story was the science fiction aspect, particularly the AI and the tech it uses, but also its purpose and goals. The world building in this story is solid, and I liked how it’s revealed a little at a time. Besides that, the story is told in first person, present tense, pretty standard for the YA genre, and as it’s all about Lib trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs, that works.
I also enjoyed how the suspense builds as Lib struggles between three difficult choices: fulfill her purpose, join the Trackers, or find a way to return to the Norm. As everything unfolds, it seems none of her options are all that good. And while there are some glimmers of a love triangle, they never quite pan out, though Lib’s loyalties do seem torn.
As for the writing, it’s pretty good, but I noticed a lot of errors in my copy, particularly near the end. I found the pacing quick, but the cadence was varied and lyrical, preventing the story from seeming choppy or disconnected.
Overall, I liked the book, though I thought it was a little predictable in places and not quite up my alley. However, I think fans of YA sci-fi and post-apocalyptic books will love it as it seems designed with young-adult readers in mind while still presenting a rich and interesting world and developed characters.
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About Ramona Finn
Ramona Finn writes about courageous characters who fight to live in broken, dystopian worlds. She believes a person’s true characters is often revealed in times of crisis, and there is no greater crisis than the worlds that she drops her characters into!
She grew up sitting cross-legged on her town’s library floor–completely engrossed in science fiction books. It was always the futuristic world or the universe-on-the-brink-of-extinction plotlines that drew her in, but it was the brave characters who chose to fight back that kept her turning the pages.
Her books create deep, intricate worlds with bold characters determined to fight for their survival in their dystopian worlds–with a little help from their friends. And, of course, romance is never out of the question. 😉