Wednesday, 20 June 2012

The Glimpse by Claire Merle

Goodreads Summery : 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 Rating : 4 of 5 stars

My Review : In a distant future, England is divided into Pures and Crazies based on the result of a DNA test. When an error was detected in Ana’s result, she was given a second chance, a privilege of living in the society only if she joins a pure boy before her 18th birthday. After three years, finally she got joining invitation from a Pure boy Jasper, but few days before her joining Jasper gone missing and her world nearly shattered. Anna decided to take matters on her hand and sneaks out of society’s boundary to find Jasper. The more she got closer to find Jasper, some devastating truths unravel about her family, her society and those she loves. She also learns to love the way she never loved before.

The Glimpse is a compelling debut of author Clare Merle. Well written and a promising plot line, I found myself attracted to this novel from the moment I have read the book blurb. Not your traditional dystopian, it has many unexpected elements. I bet the author did many scientific researches on the book and brings out every single detail.

Raised By Lies

I can imagine the blue print of a perfect society of futuristic England, where the Pures live inside a safe and secured wall of city; the crazies are struggling with day to day’s life outside the city wall. The society runs by few influential and powerful people, and Anna’s father is one of them; A very complicated man who discovered the Pure test and cares only for his reputation, but eventually we finds out a softer side of him, although his true motives are not clear. As I progressed in the story, I was thrust inside seemingly perfect but a cruel world, where everything is darkness, torture and pain.

As a protagonist Ana is very strong, stubborn and determine once she set her mind on something, also concerned about welfare of others. I liked her courage when she set of a journey to find Jasper. Anna is a character no one can hate, trust me on this. Believing Jasper has been taken by an unauthorized organization who strictly opposes the Pure test, investigations led Anna to a guy named Cole, an ex-member of this organization. With help of Cole Anna begins to solve the mystery behind Jasper’s abduction.

Transformed By Love

Cole is absolutely charming and lovable guy, always supportive to Ana. A vision of The Glimpse to the future led him to Ana and hope for a bright tomorrow. Presence of Cole throughout the novel felt so real and heartwarming to me that I wanted to jump into pages and hug him.
On the other side Jasper has less presence but he has been mentioned many times, but his character played a very important role. He wanted to be with Ana despite of her defects but as I said his tureself remains in mystery. I was expecting to know more about his character, but hopefully we get to know real Jasper in next book.

Bound To Destiny ?

Romance is slow burning. Ana finds her heart beats for Cole, where she is promised to Jasper. The way she loved Cole and cared for Jasper, even endangering her own life, I can't help but adore her. Who is the lucky one, she is destined to be with, oh boy! that's a huge cliffhanger.

You may think that you can guess the whole story from the official book blurb, but let me assure you, it’s definitely not what you think. The official synopsis is just a side of the actual story and a very subtle attempt to capture reader’s attention which proved successful. The original novel contains so many unpredictable twists and turns which you don’t wanna miss, trust me on this.

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  1. This book sounds amazing!
    A love triangle? Oooooh, I'm both excited and nervous at the same time! :3
    Brilliant review - you've made me want to read this even more now! :D

  2. This book sounds really good. I got this last week and i can't wait to read it! It's good to see that it's set in England.

    Great review! =D

  3. This one sounds awesome! Love a good dystopia and this one sounds very original.

  4. MMmm I've seen mixed reviews on this one and that's probably why it's still sat on my shelf awaitng me reading it. Though after reading your review you ave renewed my interest in reading it and I think I will move it up my list a little soon