Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review ~ "Shutdown" by Heather Anastasiu

Shutdown (Glitch, #3)Title: "Shutdown"
Series: Glitch, #3
Author: Heather Anastasiu
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Published: July 2, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: MeL Cat
Read April 18 to 26, 2015

The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution.
The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands.
Full of romance, high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Shutdown is a heart-pounding conclusion to an exciting sci-fi adventure trilogy for young adults.
The thrilling conclusion to an action-packed sci-fi trilogy.

I think this book has some of the weirdest names that I've ever encountered. I was just so distracted by these names that it was hard to focus on the plot and everything else. Shutdown is set a couple months after the events of the sequel, Override. And it's a huge pity party.
All of a sudden Zoe is now an important leader in their group, despite only just joining that long ago. What resistance group would let someone they haven't known for very long become an important person when there are more qualified people for the position? Pretty sure the only reason she got it was because Adrien loved her and everyone totally trusts a teenage boy's opinion when he's in love.
Also, Zoe, due to all of her allergies, can control her mast cells. So she's able to control her mast cells (AKA a mastocyte or a labrocyte), a teeny tiny white blood cell that is a part of her immune system? OK then. If you say so.

Adrien is currently trying to be healed as he had part of his brain cut out. He's in a tank of blue gel that heals his brain... when his entire body is submerged. His personality is totally changed and is no longer the boy that Zoe fell in love with. Sob. But even though he now has a different personality, apparently they have been able to regrow part of his brain.

Again, if you say so.
I know this book is sci-fi, but it was just so unbelievable. Sci-fi is supposed to sound like it could totally happen one day.
Then a bunch of shit happens, like Molla (ugh, that name), giving birth to Max's son, Max Jr. What a cute family. The father seduces this idiot girl who had no clue what sex could lead to, then the mother continues fawning over the baby daddy while he is trying to seduce another girl, who won't have sex with him, and then the father acts like a good dad once the kid is born to get people to trust him. Sounds like a great catch!
Other shit happens too, like Zoe trying to get Adrien to become "normal" again and trying to get him to love her again. This is like the main focus of the book. I will say, however, that the ending was quite a surprise. I didn't expect what happened. Especially the fact that the person who dies was essentially chopped in half and their guts were spilling out.
It's the third and final book and I still don't know how to pronounce her name. Zo-ey or Zoh. The world may never know...
His personality is about as dull as a rusty spoon. He's all monotonous and drab.
Still a major doucher. Bleh.
Overall, this trilogy had potential, yet it shot that potential in the foot with the unrealistic and unexplained technology and strange main characters. Really sad about that. At least I finished another series.

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