Release Date: June 7th, 2012
Finished Date: June 6th, 2012
Publishers: Faber and Faber
Source: ARC for Review
The Review: I’m going to start of by saying I really liked this book. I’m always a bit unsure about dystopias because they usually have a complexed world, and sometimes it becomes too complicated but Claire Merle has created something unique, exciting and thrilling with The Glimpse and I thought it was a great debut novel.
The book is told in a third person narrative. We mostly see Ana’s story but get small chapters from other characters too. I loved Ana; she’s a strong girl who has lead a tough life. Her father is the problem to all her problems but she still manages to look on the bright side and try to do the right thing. Claire Merle also easies you into the story with adding flashbacks so you always feel like you know what’s going on and she also takes the time for us to get to know most of the characters – which I loved. The only character we don’t really get to know all that much is Jasper because he’s missing for most of the book, which really, isn’t a great loss. I have to say I have mixed feelings on him because from the blurb you're lead to believe that Jasper is the love interest but that isn’t entirely true. There’s Cole (who I love), and while I know what you’re thinking – there isn’t a love triangle in this book. You need to read it yourself to see what I mean but the author did a fantastic job of creating the right relationships for this book and did an awesome job by not creating a love triangle. There are far too many of them around at the moment so I'm glad she went down this route.
Now, Ana’s father….grrrrr! I hate him, hate him, and hate him. Honestly, I wanted to slap him. He’s the bad guy in the story but he’s just so frustrating. I hope he gets his comeuppence in the end.
What I found interesting about this book was how Ana’s world was separated by Puree’s and Crazies. The crazies all suffer from mental illnesses like depression and showing emotions and are treated with no respect. Their thrown into mental institutes and treated badly while the Puree’s live the high life. I loved exploring both worlds and seeing the good and bad points of both, but me personally I know where I’d live and that’s with the crazies.
The book itself was fast paced, interesting and thrilling. It’s full of emotion and by the end I really wanted more. It’s left on a slight cliff-hanger so be prepared but it’s so it good. Overall, I loved The Glimpse and I can’t wait to see more from this author.
Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book.