Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Blog Tour Review: Shutdown by Heather Anastaisu

Today WinterHaven Books is participating in the blog tour for Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu hosted by Itching for Books. We have a very special giveaway to share with you as well so don't forget to check that out!
Shutdown (Glitch, #3)Shutdown (Glitch #3) by Heather Anastaisu
Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
Release Date: July 2, 2013
The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution.

The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands.

Full of romance, high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Shutdown is a heart-pounding conclusion to an exciting sci-fi adventure trilogy for young adults.

The thrilling conclusion to an action-packed sci-fi trilogy

My Thoughts:
This was a great conclusion to what has become one of my favorite series of all time.  Heather Anastasiu delivers a stunning ending that leaves her readers filled with hope for her characters and the world that she created.

Shutdown takes off almost right where Override left off.  Zoe is now the head of the Rez and nothing is as it was before.  Everything is slowly falling apart and her attempt at a mission that would free the drones fails.  She isn't sure how she will end the war and save the millions of people that need her help.  To go along with this pressure Adrien, her love, has just come back after being rescued from the Chancellor only he isn't who he once was.  After enduring endless torture Adrien has no feelings anymore, he remembers the past but he just has no emotions toward these memories.  That is tough for Zoe since he was the one that taught her how to love. Zoe has to find a way to save her people and make Adrien love her again, not so simple.

I love this authors writing.  With just a few simple words I was completely sucked into the story again and I didn't stop reading until I read the very last word.  This never happens to me.  Typically I put a book down to think, but I just couldn't with this one.  I had to know what was going to happen it was all too important.

Even though I truly did love this book I did feel there were a few storyline points that I wished had been different.  One was the resolution between Zoe and Adrien.  I really wanted more from that conclusion and in the end it all felt a bit rushed. I understand what the point was, but I really wanted more discussion between the two.  Adrien was different and that needed to be addressed more.

Another small point that bothered me was Max and his conclusion.  Now I know these all have to do with the main characters, but in the overall story these things really did seem minor to me.  For Max I really wanted something different for him. I really can't go into what happens to him or really anything about his scenes, but if you read this you will understand.  I think this book felt a little rushed and that is why they endings weren't what I had expected.  Well let me clarify, the endings I guess don't really bother me its just the lead up to those endings.  I wanted more explanations and more interaction that dealt with the relationship problems.  I think if there had been more of those scenes I would have understood the conclusions a little better.

With all of that being said I really did enjoy the story and the writing.  It was a great ending to the overall story and like I said it leaves me with hope and a feeling of closure with the characters.  What they all went through was not easy and what they have to look forward to next won't be easy, but in the end I really couldn't have asked for a better ending.

4 snowflakes

About the Author:
Heather Anastasiu
  Heather Anastasiu grew up in Texas and recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. When she's not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a cafĂ© or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo.

Other books in the Glitch series:
Glitch (Glitch, #1) Override (Glitch, #2)

For this blog tour we are excited to share an amazing tour wide giveaway!  One lucky reader will win all three books in the Glitch series!  Just fill out the rafflecopter form below!
Good luck!


  1. This series sounds interesting. I think I might already own Glitch on my kindle, going to check and if so start reading.

  2. I LOVE the Glitch series! And Shutdown, was probably the best in the series! I will be sad to see it end, but it ended GREAT! Thanks for the GREAT Giveaway!

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  3. Adore it! I can't wait to read the rest of it! Woot! Woot! And these covers are gorgeous!

  4. The series sounds really good and one I can get into. I hope I win so I can get them for free, because reading free is better than reading at my cost. Either way I will most likely read the series.

  5. I've wanted to read this series for awhile. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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