Release date: August 7th, 2012
In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or "glitch"), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.
People being imbedded with computer chips that control them is a frightening future and this novel reflects the danger but also adaptations of the human mind. Zoe seems to have potential to be a strong character but she hasn't reached that yet when she starts to glitch. I thought it was interesting how hard it was for Zoe to control her emotions but it makes sense when considering she never had them before. I love the powers that the other characters develop and the ways they start to use them. Adrien and Max are the romantic interests in this novel and they are also two completely different characters. One is caring and compassionate and does things to help others and the other is mean, a bit scary, and obsessive. I enjoyed finding out with Zoe what was really going on in the Community and that there was more to life than she originally thought. There are a few surprises in this novel that you don't see coming and that makes this novel even more exciting. The end had a lot of action and this story definitely ends on a high note. I definitely recommend this to those who like dystopian fiction and characters with cool powers.