Synopsis: In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.
When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.
As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.
“If they were able to create an architecture in Adrien’s brain that mimicked V-chip hardware, while keeping him protected from Link control, then there had to be a way to do the same thign for everybody else. I wondered what other advances the Rez had made and if that’s what they had in mind. Hadn’t Adrien mentioned it was what his father had wanted to do? To free everyone? I wondered how close they were.
And where did I fit in? Telekinesis was aamazing but what good was being able to grab a hairbrush from across the room in the larger scheme of things? I mean, I couldn’t even control it.
“We’re done.” Chol released the cable from Adrien’s neck.
“I guess it’s time to go back,” I wishpered.
He nodded. “Mom has a biosuit ready for you.”
I stared for a moment into his aquamarine eyes, then hugged him tight. He pulled back. “Shh, it’ll be okay. It’ll be–“
He didn’t finish the sentence. His arms were still pressed around me but his face had gone slack and he was staring beyond my blankly. I looked behind me, terrified at what I might find. But nothing was there.
“Adrien? Adrien!” I tried not to shriek. “What’s wrong?”
I shook him but he barely budged. I tried to squirm out of his grip so I could try to get help, but his hands seemed frozen in place around me.
“Adrien!” I said again, feeling near hysterical tears. Was he broken?
He suddenly blinked rapidly and dropped his arms.
“Adrien! Are you okay? Did something go wrong with Chol’s programming?” I pushed up the hair at the base of his neck to look at his input port, but his hand stopped mine.
“I just had a vision.” His voice came out low and strangled-sounding.
I looked back at his face. Hid caramel skin was mottled and flushed. There was an intense, unreadable expression on his face.
“What is it?”
His eyes finally focused in again on my face, his featured still tense, somewhere between angry and scared. He closed his eyes tightly, tilting his forehead against mine and rubbing his hands up and down my arms gently, as if he was memorizing the feel of my skin. As if he’d never be able to touch me again.
“Oh, Zoe.” He cupped my chin gently, tears welling in his bright eyes. “Try not to forget. I know it’s impossible, but try not to forget me.”
He kissed me again softly, then urgently, twining his fingers in my hair. Whatever he’d just seen had obviously terrified him.
AND cue freak out! ;). Don’t you love Adrien now?! Don’t you want to know more?! I love Adrien *sigh*.
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