Monday 4 February 2013

Override Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway!

How Glitching Came About
[by Heather Anastasiu]

             In the world I’ve created, glitches came about as a by-product of the Community attempting to control and enslave most of humanity. Ironically though, putting the emotion numbing V-chip hardware in people’s heads for several generations created something the Community never expected—the human brain began to adapt around the hardware, and in doing so, activated dormant DNA to create unusual abilities. 

In Jurassic Park, for example, the scientists breed all the animals to be female, but still, as Jeff Goldblum’s character says, ‘Life finds a way.’ And indeed, that’s what happens, since because of the amphibian DNA used, the animals begin to adapt and change sexes so they can reproduce. That blew me away when I first read the book that that was even possible. Environmental factors and pollution have caused other extreme adaptations and mutations in animals within several generations. So I played with the idea of how humans might adapt around the hardware implanted in their heads.

Only about 5% of our DNA is actively used for coding. The other 95% is called non-coding DNA or ‘dormant’ DNA. Some people suspect that the dormant DNA is what makes evolution possible and that if we could tap into it, we could discover new abilities such as telekinesis and psychic ability. 

Now, I don’t know if that’s true or not! This is not a post about my personal beliefs or anything. As a science fiction writer, I was simply intrigued by the possibilities of all these things and how they might work in my story. And I do think there’s enough evidence of the wild possibilities of adaptation in the natural world to create a suspension of disbelief.

Also, frankly, I’ve loved superhero stories since I was a kid, and I wanted to write a telekinetic heroine who could kick some serious butt ;)

About Override:

Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.

Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.

Full of high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Heather Anastasiu's Override is an exciting continuation of this popular young adult trilogy.

About Heather:

Heather Anastasiu is the author of the young adult sci-fi novel, GLITCH (St. Martin's Press/Spring 2012). She recently moved to Minneapolis with her family, and when she’s not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a café. 

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         Tour Schedule:

Week One
Feb. 4th - Burning Impossibly Bright - Guest Post
Feb. 5th - Shortie Says - Interview
Feb. 6th - Bengal Reads - Review
Feb. 7th - WinterHaven Books - Character POV - Adrien
Feb. 8th - The Girl in a Cafe - Interview
Week Two
Feb. 11th - Paranormal Reads - Review
Feb. 12th - Books of Amber - Guest Post
Feb. 13th - Paulette's Papers - Review
Feb. 14th - The Book Belles - Guest Post
Feb. 15th - IB Book Blogging - Interview

You can also find the schedule on: Override's Tour Page at Rockstar Book tours

 This giveaway is tour wide and will end on February 16th. 
Its for 3 sets of Glitch and Override signed US/Canada only.


So, have you read Glitch yet?
What did you think of Heather's guest post, and are you looking forward to reading Override?

Good luck to those who entered the giveaway!


  1. Hmm, telekinesis would be a pretty cool glitch! I haven't read these books yet but the DNA aspect intrigues me. thanks so much for hosting an awesome giveaway!

  2. I would want the ability to communicate with animals and even interpret dreams, both would serve a cool purpose :) Thanks for the sweet giveaway, would love to read these books! I was watching Jurassic Park when I saw this posting, very cool that Heather mentions that movie as an example :)

  3. I'm not sure, I haven't read these either but I'm sure there are some pretty awesome glitches out there. Although, every blessing could also be a curse so careful what you wish for!

  4. Hmm, these glitches sounds pretty cool. I don't think our non-coding DNA codes for telekinesis or something, but it sure is a cool idea for a book!

  5. Love to have the ability to read minds!


  6. I would love to read minds or be able to see into the future

  7. I always wanted Peter's powers from Heroes....its unlimited :)

  8. Telekinesis would be a really cool power to have.


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