January 29, 2018

Book Review: The Glitch by Ramona Finn

The Glitch by Ramona Finn
My Rating: ★★★★

Lib has been rejected from the Norm, a utopian society of the future. Her memories have been wiped, and she’s been left in the barren desert to fend for herself. A clan of rogues—people who don’t live in the Norm—take her in as she tries to uncover her past and her purpose.

Although she doesn’t get along initially with the other rogues, she meets a few other glitches—people who were thrown out of the Norm.

Something about the storyline in this book really sucked me in. Even though I’m sick to death of the amnesia trope, Lib’s situation was a fresh reimagining. The world she lives in is complex and nuanced, and learning about it through her eyes was addictive and intriguing.

My favorite part of the book was the incredibly amazing emotional descriptions. Lib doesn’t totally understand the feelings she experiences, but her physical reactions expertly suggest her state of mind. Instead of getting flustered, her heart flutters and she feels the heat of blood rushing to her chest. It made it impossible not to empathize with Lib and her story.

However, I was really bothered by the number of typos in this book. I’m admittedly a terrible speller and struggle with homonyms and comma usage, and even I picked out numerous errors in the text. On top of that, the rogues used grammatically incorrect speech patterns, I guess as a way to show that they are dumb or inferior, which was jarring and slightly offensive.

In all, I’m glad I picked up The Glitch. Anyone who enjoys cyberpunk or young adult dystopian would like reading this novel.

I’m torn about whether or not I’ll read the next installment. On one hand, I enjoyed the story, though, the grammar atrocities make me hesitant. I might keep this series on the back burner while I find some other books to check out.

Total transparency, I picked up The Glitch purely because of its amazing cover. It screams young adult dystopian/sci-fi, which has been my current addiction. I looked up the cover artist—Rebecca Frank—and love all of her work!

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