Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Glitch by Brenda Pandos

Author: Brenda Pandos
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Pages: 300
Release Date: January 29th, 2014
Source: Purchased Amazon E-book

Perfect world. Lies. Blue eyes.

When a mysterious guy from the forbidden zone sneaks an illegal slip of paper to a beautiful young girl from Brighton, she must decide if she should turn him in or follow what the note says.

Eighteen-year-old Abigail has no trouble following Brighton’s rules. For one, she’s OCD about checking her Date of Death clock latched to her wrist, making sure her decisions never shorten her timeline, and two, she enjoys the peace Brighton has to offer. In no way would she bring on another attack that destroyed earth’s inhabitants. But when her best friend returns from her Advice Meeting--a glimpse into the future--shocked and won’t tell Abby what’s happened, Abby is worried what awaits her glimpse. The stranger with blue eyes knows something, but does Abby dare enter the forbidden zone to get answers? Or is she doomed to live the life set in her glimpse?

There are three genres that are hard to be creative with recently: vampires, werewolves, and zombies. Not that best intentions don't always add some creative spins, but they always sort of end up the same in the end. 

When I first read the sample for Glitch, I was hooked. This didn't feel like it would be the same old zombie book. To be fair, it wasn't, although I felt like something was missing in the middle. This was a great start to a new series, but like many books, there were still quite a few questions floating around by the end that are left unanswered. 

The story starts out promising: Abby lives in a perfect utopia, following the guidance of her DOD watch, the EAs rules, and casually awaiting to meet with her future Compliment to see what she should do differently. The lifestyle is secure, at least until some blue-eyed guy from the Zombie Zone gives her a note. All he wants is for her to not go to meet her compliment. And Abby goes anyway. 

From there the story sets off on a pretty interesting adventure. She finds out what it's like over the wall, there is a love triangle thing happening, and fate of the future may be in her hands. No pressure, right? The one thing that is strangely missing for like, 70% of this book, however, was zombies. Then, when they finally appeared, I started to feel maybe this wasn't a creative take on zombies, it was just a time-traveling book with zombies thrown in. I still really liked it, but it didn't feel quite as creative at that point. Also, the romance stuff got on my nerves from time to time. I wasn't sure why Abby liked Blue-Eyes over his brother, when she didn't have any time to get to know him. I also wasn't sure what was with the whole Sasquatch stuff. The post apocalyptic side of things was the more interesting element, but there was still more to be desired. The book also ends really suddenly, which is bad when you're like me and find cliffhangers exasperating. 

Overall, this was a good book, but I had hoped for a little more from it. We'll see how the sequel turns out.

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