Thursday, February 28, 2013

Override by Heather Anastasiu

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Pages: 320pgs

The Story

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.

The Review

A big thank you to the publisher on netGalley for accepting my request in reading this book early!

Here's the thing: I wasn't a big fan of Glitch, the first installment of this YA trilogy, and at first I didn't even want to consider reading the sequel because I was incredibly worried to be disappointed by the book yet again. And I don't want that at all (to be disappointed that is) because there were so many other readers who had loved the first book. But . . . I read this sequel anyway despite my initial opinion on the series and - surprisingly - I actually really, really enjoyed this book. I know, I know . . . wow, what a turnaround it was for me and about time too. I love being surprised like this!

OVERRIDE is everything I love in a sequel. Action-packed. Super-powered characters. Dangerous missions. Unexpected twists-and-turns. I mean, this book was not only a great read but it also had so much more to offer than the first book ever did, what with the author opening her world to me a far lot more and what with her characters growing up more in tow as well, not to mention there was plenty of drama to get your mind reeling from it all . . . I just loved it! The characters especially never once annoyed me like some did in Glitch and for once I actually felt the main character, Zoe, was someone who added such drive and vulnerability to the storyline, so I'm very thankful to come and appreciate Zoe's character more.

Now I don't really want to say more here in case of any spoilers, but the only complaint I have is about the ending or rather what happened before the ending actually came. I mean, something very significant happened to another character in this book and I was a bit taken back it, leaving me saying, "Well, what happens now? This character is really important and now this happens to he or she." But apart from that, it was a still a great book and a vast improvement to the first installment of Glitch. So, if you were disappointed by the first book like I was, then I would strongly suggest you pick up this sequel when its released because I rated the first book 2.5 stars and if you look at my book rating below, you can obviously see the difference of my opinion after having read this sequel. Trust me . . . it's really good.

Overall, even though I didn't love Glitch, it's fair to say Heather Anastasiu really steps up her game in her sequel OVERRIDE and surprises me throughout the entire book! It was a very awesome read and I can't wait to read the third and final installment of this trilogy! I hope everything gets much better for the characters considering what happened just before the ending really, really hits us!

The Rating
4 1/2 / 5 stars


  1. Your review has me actually considering this book now! Like yourself, I wasn't too impressed with Glitch. I can barely recall what happened in it now, but it's promising to hear that you enjoyed the sequel so much more. You have me curious. :) Lovely review, Erin!

    1. Yeah I wasn't too impressed with the first book either. Didn't like too much of it really. But I have to say THIS book was awesome and changed my opinion completely!

      Thanks Sam!

  2. I haven't read Glitch yet, but it's nice to know that I can expect to like the sequel more if it ends up disappointing me! Lol

    1. This sequel makes up for my disappointment with the first book. :)

  3. I love that you're willing to give sequels a chance, even when the first book was a disappointment. It's like tv shows... for me, I often find the first half of the pilot season to be a bit sketchy until it finds its feet. But when it does, it sometimes shapes up to be a favourite show. Anyway, I am so happy that Override delivers where Glitch failed to! You've made me reconsider reading Glitch now, just to see how it improves and hopefully get hooked :D Awesome review, Erin!

    1. It's rare for me to read sequels if I didn't like the first book (I think it goes for everyone really) but I was willing to give this series another shot. And I'm glad that I did since this series had a lot of potential to begin with and it definitely worked out for me in the end. This book was an awesome sequel! Thankfully! :)

      Thanks Brodie!

  4. I have to say, I really am liking the cover of Glitch. The colors are so pretty! That having been said, it does sound like an interesting dystopian. I'd be curious about it, though it reminds me a little of Matched in a way.

    Irene (Rogue River Country)

  5. I was SOOOOO excited to receive this book in the mail. I seriously read it in 2 and a half hours. It was AMAZING! I LOVED it! how it ended was a little messed up, and made me hate one specific character and want to beat the crap out of him, but other than that, this is a must read series!!!!! I've already pre ordered book.

    Zaira Lynn (CashFund)


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