SciFi Book Review: Override

Override by Heather Anastasiu

Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor’s control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe’s team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.

Zoe may be free, but her allergies cause her to still be trapped in a filter suit. It’s a bit claustrophobic, but Zoe doesn’t mind since she’s never lived or spent any kind of time outdoors. Her relationship with Adrien is stunted as the two never get much time alone, and the Resistance must come first if they’re ever to have a future. Meanwhile, Zoe’s powers are extremely unstable and put everyone at risk until she can master them.

Sequel to last year’s Glitch, this is a fast-paced, action-packed, science fiction, thriller. No sophomore slump here. Impossible to put down, Override is full of suspense, adventure, romance, and fascinating characters. Just as unpredictable as before, with plenty of twists and turns along the way, author Heather Anastasiu succeeds with yet another exceptional story. Glitch was one of my favorite books last year, and Override will definitely make this year’s list and has me eagerly awaiting the third and final book in this exciting trilogy. SciFi and dystopian fans of all ages should pick up this series.