Saturday, May 12, 2012

[17] The Glimpse by Claire Merle

The Glimpse

(June 7th 2012 by Faber & Faber)
Once you've seen into the future, can you change your destiny?

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 into the pits of the human soul. 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, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.


I had a big love-hate relationship with this book. I haven’t read any dystopian young adult book before The Glimpse, so I didn’t know what I should expect.

Ana lives with her father in the Community. Her DNA is pure, which means no one in her family was mentally ill. She’s safe, until she finds out that her father faked her Pure test and her mother killed herself… That means she’s a sleeper and her illness will wake up one day. They let her stay in the Community if she join with Jasper... But what is she supposed to do when he disappears at the day of their binding?

It was hard to like Ana. She wasn’t well created and she had annoyed me a little, but it changed later. Everything she believed turned out to be a lie and I felt I care about her problems more than she did. It seemed to me that she “gained” some emotions and feelings after meeting Cole…

Talking about Cole… Romance in The Glimpse is kind of confusing. Nothing spicy happens, just few kisses. And I liked it to be honest. But a love triangle is simple weird. I can’t explain more, because it would be a big spoiler… But I usually like romances like that and this one was disappointing.

Ending was even more confusing. But after all… I liked this book a lot. So many things that should make me hate it, but the idea of Crazies and The Community, treating ill people worse. It’s hilarious and… Scary. It contains a lot of sad scenes, some descriptions are even too realistic. Imagine a suicidal four years old boy, already knowing there’s no chance for him to have normal life.

It’s something deeper than cute young adult romance, so I recommend it for everyone, younger and older readers.

What do you think about it? How do you like the cover? Is it on your TBR list? :)



  1. so it was good! :) great I'll read it very soon!! :)

  2. ooohhhhh, it's sounds very intense - something to get my mind thinking.

  3. From your description of The Glimpse I would read it. Like you said though I might be dissappointed with how the character reveals herself throughout the book.
    Thanks for the review.
    Bonnie Gail Carter

  4. Sounds rather interesting if not my usual read. I liked the cover and would possibly give it a go!

  5. I really, really want to read this book! And look at that cover! It's really gorgeous! If you haven't read much dystopian you should read Divergent! It's absolutely phenomenal :) Happy reading!

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  6. Dystopian books aren't my cup of tea either, but I like how you explain the main character without revealing too much. Books or movies about sick people always make me cry. Thanks for the aweaome review.

  7. Sounds really interesting! Thanks for the review!

  8. interesting book dont know what to say, to be honest not my type of book, but great review

  9. Hmm... Comments for this book were controversial and I'm not very sure what to expect, going to have to take a look for myself! Thanks for sharing this book, a very thoughtful review!

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  10. I got this from Netgalley too! Glad you liked it, though the love triangle does turn me off... But still, Dystopian is one of my favorite genres :) If you are looking for thought-provoking worlds with a lovely romance, I think you should try Divergent (the book that everyone is going gaga over), Across the Universe, The Hunt, Blood Red Road etc.!

    Lovely review :)

  11. The Glimpse sound very intriguing! I've always had a fascination with DNA; that factor alone pulls me into the story!

    What I also find interesting is that "COLE" is my families last name!

    I like the title and the cover! They fit like a glove!

    Yes! I think I will definitely put it on my list!

  12. Great review. Sounds like an interesting read!

  13. I have mixed feeling on Dystopian books too. I have read few and they always make me think a lot. Sometimes I feel the world in the Dystopian book is kind of cruel and sad. Anyway I like your review. I may add it to my list.

  14. Glad to see it turned out great in the end :) Need to get my hands on this one fast! Great review and I'm a new follower.

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  15. Great Review! Sounds really intriguing :)

  16. Great review- I've been curious about this book since I saw the cover. But, the reviews are really split on GR. It seems like a lot of the people who really hated this book thought that the handling of mental illness was awful and/or offensive. What are your thoughts on that?

    Have you read 1984 by George Orwell? I think it's interesting to compare adult dystopians to YA dystopians. The whole worldview is different- I think what stands out is that in YA, there's usually a belief that one person can make a difference.

  17. You def have me interested.. Bookswagger-Marcia


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