Monday, July 16, 2012

Book Review: The Glimpse by Claire Merle

The GlimpseThe Glimpse by Claire Merle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Number of pages: 432
Published: June 7th 2012 by Faber & Faber (UK)
Blurb:  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.

My Review:

Okay people!Review time! *DRUMROLL*

*Ahem*(clears throat)Okay,NOW I'm good to go.

OH...MY...GOD. o.O
This was so not what I was expecting.This book went waaay beyond my expectations.I bought this book 'cause I got really good responses from my peers about it.And NO,for those who are wondering,I did not request for an ARC from Netgalley.I saw it on the YA book section of kinokuniya and dived straight for it,since it was the last copy they had and I didn't want someone else to get their hands on it.I got weird looks from the employees but at that point,it probably didn't matter.Now if you read a lot of YA novels like Yours Truly,and have read the blurb,I'm sure that you won't be seeing anything special in the book.But let me tell you one thing.THIS BLURB WAS CREATED TO MAKE YOU LOOK DUMB.The same goes with the first eighty-nine pages of the book.From there,it just starts getting awesome-er and awesom-er and leaves you with a "I did not see that comin'" type of ending.Honestly,if it weren't for those first EIGHTY NINE pages then I'd have given this book five stars without blinking.Honestly,for a second there,I felt that I humiliated myself in front of all those people for nothing.But don't back out.If those eighty-nine pages start bothering you,just skim through them until you reach the action-packed part.Believe me,your patience will be totally worth it! XD

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  1. I TOLD YOU! I told you that it would better!

    1. Yes I know.Thank GOD I held on to that promise! =D

  2. Oooo sounds like a good book! The description kind of reminds of The Giver; have you ever read that?


    1. Hi Sarah!Thank you for commenting. :)
      No,I haven't read The Giver yet but I've seen some really great reviews about it.It's on my TBR list.

  3. Glad to see you really liked this one! Your review really makes me wanna read it badly now. GAH need to get my hands on this one. Great review and I'm a new follower!

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    1. Hi Rabiah!Thanks for the follow!Glad you liked my review. :)

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