Shutdown - Heather Anastasiu

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Shutdown (Glitch #3) - 
Heather Anastasiu
Released: July 2, 2013
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin

Synopsis: 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. 

What I thought: Shutdown is a fantastic conclusion to the Glitch trilogy, and to be honest, I'm sad to see it go. Not that I would have wanted bad things to keep happening to Zoe and Adrien, or have them keep fighting the Chancellor, but knowing they are gone makes me sad. I have loved this series since the start, and the conclusion was no different.

Shutdown is full of action, a bit of romance, a lot of sadness but mostly a lot of strength. Zoe goes through so much in this book, and I really feel like she comes out of it a much better person, with a lot more to her. Adrien starts having visions of two possible futures. One looks like victory, the other looks like death and enslavement. But Zoe and Adrien have always tried to affect the visions, and it's never worked out, so can they figure out which is the path that leads them to victory? Adrien is so different in this book, it was hard to get used to at first. But in the end, all you want is for a semi-happy ending which I believe we all get. Zoe's powers get stronger and expand more, and we see her using them in different and exciting ways! All the rest of the gang from Override is back, and together, they are all just trying to take down the Chancellor - despite the obvious odds being stacked against them.

If you loved Glitch and Override, then of course you'll love Shutdown. The final battle ensues and this time one will die.

The Good: I love that Zoe and Adrien still ended up together, even after everything they went through.

The Bad: Adrien's new side just didn't really sit well with me. It was a great twist and everything, but it spoiled the story a bit.


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About the Author
Heather Anastasiu grew up in Texas and recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. When she's not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a café or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo.

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  1. This series has a lot of mixed reviews but I'm so glad to see a positive review from you. I'm quite intrigued by the concept of and hope to read the books some day. Awesome review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  2. Really good review. Glad you liked it.

    Thanks for participating :)


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