Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Book Tour Review: Glaze

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Glaze
Title : Glaze
Author: Kim Curran
Rating : 4 Stars!!!
Hardcover, Limited Edition, 293 pages
Published May 2014 by Jurassic London
ISBN13 : 9780992817206 
Hardcover, Limited Edition, 293 pages
Published May 2014 by Jurassic London
ISBN13
Source copy : From the Author
Synopsis:
 
Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started.

Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening on GLAZE, all the time. Including things she was never meant to see.

As her life is plunged into danger, Petri is faced with a choice. Join GLAZE… or destroy it.


Source : Goodreads 

"How can you have a future now? In fact, how can you have a future ever? The future by definition is always tomorrow. Always unattainable"
- Petri

If you could just look carefully how technology has the power to dominate us, it could surely terrify you. Your one silent and organize life became vivacious and colossal. You must be naive if you haven't felt the difference at all. But of course, there are unyielding advantages of aligning with the fast-pacing technology nowadays, you can connect to the people around the world whenever you want to in real time. Isn't that what humanity wanted to achieve in the ancient times? The kind of communication that can build up a strong and briliant society.

This is what Glaze is deeply focused on. The idea of being included on a virtual community once you reached the age of sixteen. Kind of justifiable to start on joining at your sweet sixteen. As the daughter of the programmer of Glaze, Petri is excited to be included on her mother's creation. Then a simple joke leads into a misconception as a rebellion or revolution which results on being banned on Glaze. It means that she will NEVER be included on a fast-changing society. In another words, she'll be left behind.

Risky decisions were made in exchange of precious things. As a programmer, I can't deny the fact that my fingers are itching to create something that is almost like Glaze. As Petri describes Glaze, it felt spotless with hackers and virus, most of all it is exquisite. The social feeds and informations are ALL inside your head yet it doesn't shatter somebody's brain. Now that is really extragavant if that will happen in real life. Imagine your head as a representation of Oxford English Dictionary. *heavenly feeling* I couldn't blame Petri to violently react on this one. Until she decided to find a way for her to be on Glaze.


The first feeling of being ON Glaze feels like heaven for her. She knows everything and it comes naturally on her mind. It is too good to be true but still she refuse in her mind the things that will get in the way with her. But when she realized that people are CHANGING because of Glaze, she feels that everything must be changed and let them be back to normal. Let the people decide and search for someone within their own effort and motivation. Now, this is simply what I adore in the middle of the book. It is how Kim Curran describe how teenagers and grown-ups are being easily manipulated with the technology. I don't mean that it is bad for you to stay close on your Mac, but it interprets that too much can engulf your whole mind noticeably. And it is simply an eye-opener to anyone who will read this.

Beyond this revolution and virus that spreaded on Glaze, Petri didn't let any of it stumble her and cry at the corner of her room. No. She took a series of plan and action to make the citizen wake up on how Glaze were affecting their minds. To add more than this, it is the bravery of a young girl facing all the facts and lies of world and how to change it. I just adore the way Petri became from a spoiled teenger into a selfless citizen.


I suggest that if you want to somehow get out of those steamy romance or high fantasy books piled up on your shelf, you should grab Glaze. I can't find the words to explain thoroughly how the creation of a civilized society can destory all of them in a nick of time. The book. Just think twice and control yourself if you know that social media feeds are slowly eating you out or controlling you.


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