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The Glimpse Paperback – June 1, 2012
About the Author
Claire wrote her first paranormal screenplay at the age of thirteen and named it after a road sign. Danger Alive never made it to the big screen, but she continued to write and daydream her way through school and university. Claire graduated with a first BA (Hons) in Film Studies, and spent the next few years working in the BFI. She worked as a runner and camera assistant, and fantasised about creating her own films. In 2000, she wrote and directed the short film, Colours, which sold to Canal Plus. Today, Claire is concentrating on writing YA fiction. She spends her time between Paris and London, along with her French husband and two young sons.
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I do LOVE the female lead, Ana (Ariana)( a Pure)! She is a no nonsense, smart as a whip, tough cookie. Several of the secondary characters in the book are memorable as well; there is even a teency weency zombie part thrown in there. We know I do love my zombies; Merle's version of these is plausible as well. My interest peeked with the introduction of Cole Winters (a Crazy) He's intelligent, sweet and Musical, like our Ana. There is an attempt at a Love triangle, don't be fooled, anyone that reads this book and thinks there is, is a Crazy!
Slow to start but full speed ahead in the end, I give "The Glimpse" 3.5 out of 5 Quills... I'd recommend it to anyone that loves Dystopian Novels. But, that's just my 2 cents!!
The story was decent. It was an interesting concept, but I just couldn’t get into it or fully root for the characters.
The writing was okay. There were a few mistakes that should have been caught. But it wasn’t horrible.
Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this book. When I added it years ago, I was pretty pumped to read it. I don’t regret waiting so long, since it was a bit of a disappointment.
The excellent writing drew me into the world of The Glimpse" right off the bat - a dystopian future world where people are divided into the Pure and the Crazies. A (supposed) genetic disposition towards mental illnesses can doom you to life as a pariah. For Pure girls, the flip side of the coin is that they're expected to produce healthy offspring as their primary goal in life, even if they would prefer to become, say, a doctor or a concert pianist.
Ana, the main character, was raised as a Pure, sheltered and kept ignorant of how the people who are not so fortunate really live. But when she digs into the past to find out what really happened to her mother (who officially died of cancer a few years back), her life gets turned upside-down: not only is she a Crazy, she's a Big3, expected to succumb to depression, schizophrenia or some kind of anxiety disorder any day. To her surprise, the Pure boy she was promised to wants to go through with the binding anyway - or does he?
Time is running out for Ana when her fiancé is abducted, forcing her to venture into the world of the Crazies - where she soon finds out that things are not quite the way that the government brain-washes the population to believe.
I already mentioned the excellent writing: it is fresh, original, evocative, full of unusual images and metaphors that really bring the story to life.
Ana is my favorite kind of female lead: she is brave, intelligent and resourceful. She doesn't wait to be rescued; she firmly takes her life into her own hands and sets out to discover the truth.
There is great chemistry between Ana and Cole, the young Crazy who's everything Ana has been taught to mistrust and despise. The supporting characters are believable and interesting.
The premise of the story rings true: over the last couple of years, we've seen a dramatic incline in people suffering from depression or anxiety - no, I do NOT personally believe that these are truly things that are hereditary NOR do I believe that people with mental illnesses are a threat to society. (I have a history of depression myself.) But it's not so far a stretch to believe that these people may one day be made into scapegoats for everything that's wrong with modern society, simply because humans tend to villainize and ostracize what they don't understand and/or what's different from themselves
You know, I honestly can't think of any!
My overall opinion:
"The Glimpse" is definitely one of the best books I've read in the last year or so, maybe even THE best. I thoroughly enjoyed it: it made me think, it made me feel with the characters, it made me stay up until the early morning hours to find out what's going to happen next.
If you like dystopian YA novels (like he much-acclaimed "Hunger Games"), give this one a try! I cannot guarantuee that you'll like it, of course, but there's a big chance you will. ;)
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I think this is the month of dystopic readings! Yes, I read another one, and this time I'm talking about Glimpse by Claire Merle.Read more