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Book Club Friday: The Glimpse..

Hey everyone

Thanks to Blonde...Undercover Blonde for this link up :) I missed last weeks link up (oopsies!) but I managed to remember this week!

 This week I'm sharing the book that's been featured on my 'Currently Reading' part on my sidebar (<-- look left!) for a while now - it's not been there for so long (around a whole week - crazy!) because it was particularly hard to read - on the contary in fact but because I've been so busy with the musical I've had to put reading on the back-burner again but anyways this book is  - The Glimpse by Claire Merle

Synopsis (via GoodReads
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 Thoughts
I saw this book whilst I was browsing through the Waterstones ebook selection and was really first attracted to it's cover (I'm a sucker for a pretty cover, is it just me?!) and upon reading the blurb I knew I had to give this a go! Thanks to The Hunger Games I've really gotten back into reading books about dystopian societies again (I used to be obsessed with them when I was in high school!) so there's one fact I knew I would like about the book before I'd even started it. Secondly, as my a family member has a mental illness I was drawn  to this book because I wanted to see how the author broached the subject of mental illness (after all not many authors tackle this subject whilst brandishing the word 'Crazies' about!). 

I was completely drawn into this book - the descriptions were so well done that I was fully drawn into this strange society (I wasn't left confused about why things were done a certain way, it was all explained but in a non-arduous way - win!). The characters were amazing too - I have absolutely no shame in admitting the fact that I fell in love with Cole (ahhh, Cole!) but to be honest wasn't much a fan of Jasper (something fishy going on there methinks!) and Anna is the perfect protagonist.

There were only a couple of down sides to this book: The first was that the blurb really doesn't do it justice - there's far far more to this story than just Anna and Jasper (as you come to understand when you read it). Also, the plot does tend to take quite a few twists and turns - for me this was awesome; I love reading bits where I learn new things about the characters back stories and it totally kept me on my toes whilst reading it. 

As a trainee research scientist this book really did give me something to think about and imagine what could happen in the future - very intriguing, if a little scary! As a teenage girl this book had the perfect dash of romance and being torn between two loves. The Glimpse kept me turning the pages - it was so hard to put down! I will admit that I read the last couple of chapters so fast because I wanted to know what happened that I had to go back and re-read them to absorb all the information - haha - a mark of a great book!

I loved everything about this book - except for the fact that the sequel doesn't come out till next year - sob!

Would you read this book? 
aHm xoxo