Thursday, 15 May 2014

Review: Glitch

Glitch (Lost in Time #1) by Brenda Pandos

Title: Glitch
Series: Lost in Time, #1
Author: Brenda Pandos
Published: Obsidian Mountain Publishing; 2014
300 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
 Description (from Goodreads):

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?

My Thoughts:
1.5 stars

Time travel is something that I normally love to read about. The idea is simply fascinating to me. The very thought of travelling into the past, or even the future, excites me - probably, a little more than it should! It was only yesterday, in fact, that I was having a bit of a umm, well, discussion *cough* argument *cough* with a guy in my maths class about some of the finer details of it. We didn't agree on the details of the "time ripple" that would occur if someone was to travel into the past / future and influence a decision there that would led to a change back in the past / future etc. Anyway, getting back on track, let's just say that I rather enjoy time travel.

Glitch however bought time travel to shame.
Brenda Pandos really needed to research more when attempting to construct her rather complicated system of time travel because it just didn't work. It contradicted itself so many times that I lost count and it was simply impossible to follow what was happening. I had no idea how Abby "jumped" through time, I had no idea how it worked with futures, pasts and presents that just didn't connect and I had no idea who and what came from which time period (past, present or future?) or just anything really! I was simply baffled when it came to the last few chapters where Abby decided all of a sudden that she had these time-travelling powers and then - bam! We were thrown into all this confusing time travel stuff and I just gave up.

The zombie element didn't help me understand either. How did the past have zombies yet the present didn't but it was the future that had the cure? Why didn't half the present believe there even were such things as zombies when there actually was? Wait, was there? Or were they in the past only? But now are they in the present or is it the future?... I honestly couldn't follow it all, everything was a blur of different times with different zombie statuses and I just got confused.

The characters were just... gah! We have yet another female protagonist that has every breathing male in sight lusting after her because of her oh-so-hot looks when she doesn't seem all that remarkable at all really. She then has to string along two brothers at a time (is it really so hard to pick one?) and goes from hating one and loving the other to the other way around. It was stupid, petty and just damn right annoying.

Abby was far too stupid and naïve for me to really like her character. She acted like a four-year-old half the time, throwing temper tantrums when she didn't get what she wanted and complaining the rest of the time. Kaden wasn't much better. I am so over the moody and brooding persona now - its become far too cliché and dull.

Glitch ended up being a real disappointment. I wasn't impressed by the characters or the plot. The ending was left open for the next book - Switch - but I don't know if I could muster enough enthusiasm to read it. We will have to see...

If you are looking for a good time travel book, I would recommend you to check out
TimeRiders instead or if you were interested in Brenda Pandos' work I much preferred her Everblue.

Note: a copy was provided courtesy of Brenda Pandos and All Night Reads, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was given or taken during this process.

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