Friday, March 8, 2013

Override (Glitch #2) by Heather Anastasiu

Author: Heather Anastasiu
Publication: February 12, 2013
By: St. Martin's Press
4 Stars

Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.

Full of high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Heather Anastasiu's Override is an exciting continuation of this popular young adult trilogy.

Thank you YABC and St. Martin's Press for this ARC.

What I liked: I really enjoy the way Heather Anastasiu writes, even if the world she's crafted is a little more complex and Sci-Fi than my brain can handle. (Code for: This book may be smarter than me and I am totally okay with that.)  Override's fast paced, non-stop action keeps the story from falling into the "sophomore slump" and the budding romance will leave you a little breathless. This sequel is not without it's the twists and they are equal parts, "I did NOT see that coming!" and "Thanks so much for ripping my heart out!" *whimpers*

What left me wanting: There were times when Zoe's flip-flopping between being angry with Adrien one minute and feeling guilty/sorry for him the next drove me crazy. I have mixed feelings about the ending as well - part of me understands it was completely necessary to the storyline as a whole but the other part of me (aka my heart)? Not so much. 

Final verdict: Thrilling sequel.

Review also posted at YABC


  1. I'm excited to here you like this one. It's sitting in my stack from the library right now and I've been debating whether or not to start it. Guess I should give it a go. :)

  2. YAY! I thought Glitch was an ok read and I was hesitant to pick this one but seeing how you liked it and that it's totally better than the first, well.. I'm convinced! I hope things develop nicely for Zoe and Adrien! Great review Jen!