Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Glimpse Review

Author: Calire Merle
Title: The Glimpse
Published: 06/07/2012
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In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society, and as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.

I didn’t like this book. I didn’t like it one bit and I’d be lying to say I did. First off the only character that remotely existed in this book was Ana. And when I say ‘existed’ I mean that she was the only character who you were given enough information about to somehow connect to. I will admit that I’m writing this review a bit after I finished the book. But for the record the only reason it’s taken me this long is because I totally forgot about it. Like, I didn’t have that nagging feeling of what am I missing; it just is a blank spot in my brain.

Anywho, all the other characters- and there were quite a bit of them- got a description, some dialogue, a mention here or there. I just don’t feel like they were allotted enough attention in order for the readers to really connect with them on any level. Or say, care whether or not they lived for another chapter. Another thing that drove me insane was the fact that the pace was sooooooooo slow. I believe the book was around 400 pages, and I am still amazed that I finished it. Just when I thought things finally picked up and it hit that interesting spark that was going to start a flame. Well the spark died faster than my interest. Seriously we got to that high point pretty close to the beginning of the book, and the last three hundred pages I was just banging my head against a wall waiting for the river of words to come to a dry end.

So basically what happens in the book is Ana has to go on a search to find her missing boyfriend, Jasper (I believe that’s his name.) in order to do so she goes on her own little adventure, meets some new friends, and finds out she is a part in saving her world. Or at least bring justice to it. What I hate about this book is that it went nowhere. I didn’t think there could be something worse than going in circles (which, don’t get me wrong, it did have a few loops) was the fact that I read through those loops, and straight into a dead end. I don’t even understand the ending, I don’t get what it’s supposed to mean.

It could’ve been a cliff hanger, it could’ve been an intense ending leaving readers pondering what’s to come next, but it just came off as weird! Thinking about this book just makes me tired and sleepy. I wasn’t happy with it at all, especially the fact that some hundred pages in I finally regained all my hope and was so happy that The Glimpse was getting into that awesome part, and then I just fell flat on my face.

Overall, The Glimpse scores a big boring 2. I really wouldn’t suggest this book.

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