Title: Shutdown (Glitch #3)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Published: July 2, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Ebook; 320pg
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.
Woah! I cannot think of enough positive adjectives for this book! It was so fast paced while keeping completely true to the story of Glitch. There were a few moments when the bloodshed became intense but I suppose they are fighting a war and that is to be expected.
Throughout Shutdown, Zoe is pushed beyond imaginable limits to try to save the ones she loves while eradicating the evil, power-hungry Chancellor. The character of Zoe has such amazing perseverance. She always stays steady in her missions and true to herself as well. While other generals are calling for nuclear bombs to end this war, Zoe refuses to allow another D-Day to happen.
The character of Max was really prevalent in this novel. I know he played a key part throughout the whole series, but I was still shocked to have him up front and center. Putting a disliked character in the lead role was risky, but Anastasiu pulled it off!
The arc of Adrien's character was probably the most interesting to me in this book. After being tortured by the Chancellor, Adrien just wasn't the same person. He goes through Hell trying to regain his sense of self, more for his benefit than others. Everything seems to work out in the end though!
5 stars to Shutdown! Glitch was a great series!