Author: Ramona Finn
Narrator: Genevieve Kaplan
Length: 6 hours 28 minutes
Publisher: Relay Publishing⎮2017
Series: The Glitches, Book One
Genre: Science Fiction
On the brink of extinction, being human means more than just surviving.
In Lib’s world, it’s dangerous to stray from the Norm. In fact, for someone who doesn’t live up to the AI’s standards, it’s practically a death sentence. Lib learns this the hard way when she wakes up with her memories erased in a barren wasteland, and only one thought lodged in her mind:
It’s all her fault.
Lib is a Glitch—an imperfect human component of the utopian Norm. Utterly alone, she’ll have to team up with her fellow Glitches Skye and Raj and the mysterious Rogue Wolf and his clan to survive. Wolf only cares about the survival of his group, but Raj thinks they can hack the AI and change the Norm for the better.
Now, Lib will have to decide which path to choose—whether to go with handsome loner Raj or stay with Wolf and his tight-knit group. Her heart is drawn to both, but she’s carrying a deadly secret that could jeopardize them all. Will she be able to save her newfound family and stop the AI before it’s too late?
Ramona Finn writes about courageous characters who fight to live in broken, dystopian worlds. She believes a person’s true characters is often revealed in times of crisis, and there is no greater crisis than the worlds that she drops her characters into!
She grew up sitting cross-legged on her town’s library floor–completely engrossed in science fiction books. It was always the futuristic world or the universe-on-the-brink-of-extinction plotlines that drew her in, but it was the brave characters who chose to fight back that kept her turning the pages.
Her books create deep, intricate worlds with bold characters determined to fight for their survival in their dystopian worlds–with a little help from their friends. And, of course, romance is never out of the question.
For the past fifteen years I have received extensive training in lyric diction and classical voice. Various experience includes lead roles in multiple opera production through Santa Clara University with semi-professional recording obligations. For a minor in Lyric Diction at Santa Clara University I was required to take 6 units of Lyric Diction learning the correct pronunciation of languages including Italian, German and French (and of course English) as well as four years of private vocal training. Outside of musical endeavors I have experience with various characters and voices of my own creation included in my stand up comedy set.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The Glitch is a pretty exciting first book in a new series that definitely gets me curious to see how humanity will defeat AI. That’s the basic premise – our protag Lib wakes with no memories and saves another girl’s life, then follows her to her rogue clan. These clans survive and scavenge in this cyberpunk universe (which is cool, I don’t read a lot of cyberpunk, but it is a fun subgenre) connecting to ports when they can get away with it to “steal” resources from the AI and hiding from the drones out to eliminate their existence.
Lib has a purpose, though she doesn’t understand it yet. She needs to find the Glitches, but she is one, right? During her time with the Tracker clan, she learns and grows as a human, rather than as a failed “tech” project she believes she is. The book is short, so we don’t get too much character development, but we do get some quickly established friendships and even a romance.
I liked the writing style and the turn of phrase the author uses. The descriptions of emotions and attraction between characters were especially lovely for such a short novel. It made the quick pacing, and short time-frame feel believable. I also really liked that Lib used humanity against the AI – emotions, fears, love – to fight back. I’m curious to see how this will be used in the coming fights.
I enjoyed the audiobook narration. The voice and cadence are both pleasant and great for listening in the car on my drive. I especially liked how she made the times when the characters yelled out at each other from a distance sound as if she was yelling through a tunnel. That was a good touch. The different character voices didn’t sound too different though, but I still knew who was talking from context and narration, so that didn’t matter. I do enjoy when a narrator can do very different voices for all characters, but that wasn’t needed in this book.
Overall, a good read. Quick, fast-paced, and left me curious enough to be interested in future books.
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