Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Blog Tour: Glaze by Kim Curran
When I first saw Glaze on goodreads I knew I had to read it. I have only read one of Kim's books before but I absolutely loved it. When I found out Faye was putting together a blog tour for Glaze I filled in the form and kept my fingers and toes crossed that I would get a date. I don't want to give too much away about what happen in Glaze so this review will mainly be my thoughts and what I have come away with, rather than what exactly happens in Glaze.
Imagine having the Internet, and every single type of information feed at you fingertips. That is what Glaze is, everyone over 16 can have the option to have a chip fitted, and literally have this information at a glance. All you have to do is think of something and it's there, streaming right in front of your eyes.
Petri is yet to get the chip, moving up a year in her school means that all her friends have it, and she has to wait till her 16th birthday before she can. But after attending at protest, a sarcastic remark gets her in trouble, and she is faced with the reality of having a blank chip fitted for five years with no access to Glaze, but still allow her to be traced by WhiteInc. The promise of Glaze was so close, and now seems so far away. But with the help of Ryan, a school friend, Petri soon finds herself mixed in with some very dodgy people, and eventually on Glaze. But she quickly finds out that the grass isn't always greener on the other side and finds herself dealing with more than she bargained for.
Glaze was a real page turner for me, and I think what makes it go compelling is how realistic it is. Yes we don't chips fitted inside our heads, but we have access to the internet though phones, TV's, computers, tablets, and it is getting easier and easier as technology progresses to gain access and have everything at our fingertips. The author also makes you think about what it all means. If we have access to all of this information, who else has access to us, to monitor our every move. Glaze shows how extreme this can get and what people are willing to do to get the latest update.
Km has a way of drawing the reader in and making them feel connections to the characters. I am sure at one point of another we were all like Petri, wanting to fit into the 'IT' crowd, wanting the latest gadget that was always just out of reach, and while I don't think I would go to the extremes that Petri did, people will risk a lot to achieve their desires. Glaze not only draws you in, but also leaves you questioning things once you have finished. Glaze is a MUST read.
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