Epoch Earth: The Great Glitch by Toasha Jiordano

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I was thirteen the first time I watched someone glitch out and die. Things went downhill from there.
Forcibly chipped by the Sister Nations. Then forcibly un-chipped.
For those who didn’t comply, The Great Glitch was swift justice.
I’m Synta, one of those Children of the Resistance, and by Stone I’m gonna get us off this planet!

A little about Toasha first:

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Toasha Jiordano was born somewhere in this galaxy. We haven’t quite narrowed it down, yet.
Rumor has it there are siblings out there, who share her genetic makeup, should that DNA become a necessity one day.
She is a full-time writer who moonlights as a desk jockey for fun.
When she’s not writing, she likes to spend her time sleeping.
 

Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.8-Stars

LOVED IT!
Epoch Earth: The Great Glitch by Toasha Jiordano is a fantastic read. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. I love the cover. It is full of vibrant colors and futuristic, Sci-fyish images that let me know I’m going to get a story along those lines, and it delivered.
The characters are good, maybe a touch more emotion by using the 5 senses would be a nice addition, but other than that I liked them. I enjoyed reading the friendship between the main character, Synta and her best friend Howie. Synta has a lot put on her shoulders at a young age, and she handles it well with a strong backbone.
The best thing about Epoch Earth: The Great Glitch is the description. Toasha does an awesome job of planting you firmly into the middle of the action. Her descriptive powers are worth studying, in my opinion. The opening scene is a great example of how to show the action with great description. I’m jealous.
I want to give this book 5-stars, but it does have a couple of “glitches”. While I thought the author did a wonderful job of switching from 1st person to 3rd person POV, I did find it a bit jarring when she used 2nd person POV and talked directly to the reader. I was a tad confused the first few times she jumped in time, but once I got the hang of what the author was doing, I liked it. The only thing I did not like about the story was the formatting the author used for when the characters chip with each other. My personal feeling is to put that “dialog” in italics instead of using the slashes. None of this takes away from the story.
Dystopian is not my go-to genre, but I’m so glad Toasha Jiordano submitted Epoch Earth: The Great Glitch to The Naked Reviewers. What a surprisingly wonderful read!
I highly recommend this book to everyone, young and old alike. If you’re not reading it, you’re missing out.

RA Winter’s Review: 4-Stars

Epoch Earth, the Great Glitch by  Toasha Jiordano is a  dystopian thriller series set in the far future.
Written in alternative first and third, and alternative time, a young girl, Snyta tells her story to two guards who hold her captive.
Chipped in the future with a device that can download data directly to your brain and let you ‘speak’ to others, Snyta struggles to survive.
A ‘download’ kills millions, including her father.  Left alone with her failing mother and younger brother, Snyta must find food and survive as the world crumbles around her.
Howie, her best friend, and his family help her survive but his family is killed in a fire.  Howie is jailed and can’t save her in a dire moment of need.
Filled with futuristic gadgets, it’s not that far-fetched really.  What if each of us had a chip implanted in our neck?  The internet would be at our fingertips.  Need to deliver a baby? Info downloaded.  How about how to repair a solar panel?  Make a water distiller?  Check and check.
The world is dissolving into chaos.  Nuclear power plants explode.  Electricity is out.  There is no water.  Sandstorms plague Florida and the chill is something they’ve never had to deal with before. The fight is on for survival.
The government, who just might have had a hand in the great glitch, have a way off the planet.  The president kills himself, but in his last moment, he gives the dying world a life-line.  A new planet awaits them, if only they can reach it-  but it’s only for the chip free.
There are a few formatting problems and a couple of grammar issues but if you like dystopian futuristic plots, this one will be for you.
The jumping back and forth in time wasn’t hard to follow, but the information that we needed about the chips was given in small doses to keep you reading.
The ending was unexpected for sure.

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