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Claire Merle
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1 Jun 2012

Throughout England people are now divided into Pures and Crazies according to the results of a DNA test, with the Pures living in small Communities cut off from the madness of society, and the Crazies living outside the walls in the squalor and mayhem of the City. Until the age of fifteen, Ana has lived a privileged existence amongst the Pures, but her whole world crumbles when she finds out that there was a mistake with her Pure test. She is actually one of the Crazies, and one day in the near or distant future she will become sick.

But Ana has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell. Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana's defects, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a conditional reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana's joining ceremony looms closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a 'normal' life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper's abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (1 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571280536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571280537
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What readers are saying about The Glimpse:

«...I just cannot find the words to describe this book. It's breathtaking. Honestly, I can say that this is one of the best books I have read in a very long time.» Catherine Bakes, The Bookbag.

«...a story that'll leave you turning pages long after the book has finished... The Glimpse is surely one of the best books I've read in 2012» Priya, RavenFicReviews.

«... I absolutely loved this book. I haven't read very many books this year that I fell head over heels in love with, so it was really refreshing to read The Glimpse. Dystopian lovers and fans of Pandemonium need to go get this book immediately. It was that good. It was really hard for me to put this book down. I ended up dreaming about it.» Nichole, YA Reads.

«Amazing! Spectacularly spine-tingling!» Riya, The Teen Book Guru.

«...The Glimpse is an exciting new addition to the genre...» Samantha, Falling Books.

«An astounding debut. Claire Merle has Introduced a dystopian that is thought provoking and will leave your heart pounding way beyond the last page.» Gabby, Bookmarks & Bookshelves

«I was hoping they'd have their happily ever after so bad that I woke up at 5 am just to read the book!» Svea, Goodreads Reviewer.

«Merle fills her novel with many twists and turns that will certainly leave readers completely astonished.» Rachel, BooksToConsider

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An utterly compelling debut from a powerful new voice in YA fiction set in a disturbing near-future where society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed towards mental illness.

About the Author

Claire wrote her first paranormal screenplay at the age of thirteen and named it after a road sign. Danger Alive never made it to the big screen, but she continued to write and daydream her way through school and university. Claire graduated with a first BA (Hons) in Film Studies, and spent the next few years working in the BFI. She worked as a runner and camera assistant, and fantasised about creating her own films. In 2000, she wrote and directed the short film, Colours, which sold to Canal Plus. Today, Claire is concentrating on writing YA fiction. She spends her time between Paris and London, along with her French husband and two young sons.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The economic collapse and the petrol wars took their toll on the mental health of the nation, triggering a "Mental Health Crisis" amongst the populous of the UK. Using the new science of gene mapping the Government took the drastic step of developing a diagnostic test for the genetic mutations responsible for the "Big 3" mental health conditions; schizophrenia, depression and anxiety. Following diagnosis the population was divided in two.

Deserting the countryside as unemployment became the norm and petrol became increasing more scarce, the population took refuge in the cities. Bequeathing the now overcrowded cities to the "Crazies", the "Pure's", those without the genetic malformations, were relocated in to gated, protected communities, surrounding the city.

The "Crazies" eek out a hard existence under the constant threat that their or a family members status as "Sleeper", those with the genetic malformation who are not yet ill, they will be reclassified as "Active", those with a mental illness, and forcefully admitted in to a "Loony dump".

Despite being a talented musician and intelligent, inquisitive student, as a "Pure", Ana has had her future plotted out for her. Contrary to any personal feelings she may have on the matter Ana will complete her education, consisting of home economic and child development classes, marry her childhood crush and produce lots of "Pure" babies, continuing the "Pure" line.

Receiving the shocking news that she has been living a lie and should not be living among the "Pures".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read! 15 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I saw the book description and it seemed like the sort of thing I'd be interested in so I thought I'd give it a go and I'm really glad I did (despite a few early misgivings). There's a bunch of descriptions out there so I'll keep mine brief - it's the future, it's London and society is separated into "the Crazies" (those identified with the genes which result in them having a mental illness)- who are kept heavily medicated, and segregated and "Pures" (those without the genes) - who live in luxury. Ana is the daughter of the man who devised the tests that separated the "Pures" from the "Crazies" and the story follows her.

The Pros:
- The dystopian society the author has created is fascinating, well thought out and completely plausible which makes it all the more terrifying
- Some really good characters - it's really Ana's journey and she changes the most along the way, without spoilers it's hard to say why, but her attitude changes throughout the book and it's good to read and your journey as a reader seems to mirror hers. Some of the smaller characters are also really interesting, I found myself liking Lila and Tamsin but didn't get to find out too much about them, so maybe next book!
- Ana & Cole - I liked their dynamic and relationship. Not exactly ground breaking or new but still really compelling and I enjoyed their moments together in the book.
- It's addictive - I bought this and kept reading over the course of 2 days until I finished (very annoying when work got in the way!). It gets really good and the ending leaves you wanting to read more about this society and the characters in it.

The Cons:
- The beginning is a bit clunky, a lot of info & exposition so it didn't grab me but you should stick with it as it picks up quite quickly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A shaky start hides a fantastic debut 28 May 2012
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In the not too distant future, the genetic mutations for all mental illnesses have been identified. In order to protect the human race, Pure communities have been set up, where only those who pass the Pure test can live and continue their genetic heritage by starting families. The Carriers and Sleepers must live in the City and are medicated by the state. Those who become Active are rounded up by the Psyche Watch and sent to mental institutions. Ana is a Pure, awaiting the day she will become bound to Jasper.

After a shaky start, The Glimpse turned out pretty fantastic. But first impressions count and the setting of the scene was a little awkward and rushed in an attempt to get a few key facts across. It's reliant on a quick tell instead of a show, Ana is a Pure, her mother died, she remembers seeing her mother in hospital and not recognising her, that she requested a death certificate and now she is found out, her mother committed suicide, she is not Pure, her father faked the results and he happens to be the geneticist who invented the Pure test. And breathe. It's a lot of information to be thrown at you in the first chapter and it is done a little clumsily. Perhaps the narrative mirrors Ana's slow realisation that she's been brought up to believe what she's told because as the story continues, the writing becomes about more about showing what's going on instead of telling the reader. Something that might have come across better in a first person narrative.

However, I don't want to dwell too long on the poor start. I decided I'd give it a bit more of my time even though I wasn't expecting much and I was very much proved wrong. What at first seems like just another dystopian teen novel, starts to unravel and explore the horrors of eugenics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A dystopian novel I felt was actually explained very well
There were a lot of aspects to this book that I really enjoyed reading. I loved the fact that Merle had set this dystopian fiction not so far into the future. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Saira
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
a very novel idea that is becoming ever more scarily real. the end did however leave me hanging a bit
Published 2 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse at The Glimpse
The Glimpse synopsis
Imagine a world where society is divided by a DNA test. A world where mental illness has taken over the world and the population is separated by Pures and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Delve Into Dystopia
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Most of my experience with reading this book was a short 'meh' every so often. The concept was very interesting, which is why I bought the book, but I just feel like the book... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emma
3.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, with "glimpses" of brilliance
I really couldn't decide about this book - there were moments when I really liked it and moments when I didn't like it all that much at all. Read more
Published 9 months ago by V. G. Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a bit of imagination!
I have loved both books in the series. The plots are great, very creative but believable. The characters are excellent and you can't help being drawn into the story line. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jolleygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and unpredictable
This book was absolutely fantastic, I honestly could not put it down. The characters are great and there were surprises the whole way through. Read more
Published 10 months ago by RareReview
5.0 out of 5 stars I would buy it again and again!
Ana lives in London in the not far future, where all people are divided into Crazies and Pures based on a DNA test result. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Julia
4.0 out of 5 stars The Glimpse- My opinion
The Glimpse is set in the not so distant future; where, as you can expect, mankind has destroyed and then rebuilt itself. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rebecca
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't impressed.
This book was too easy to put down. Not very gripping. Got to about chapter four when I recieved some other books as gifts (Specials by Scott Westerfeld, Insurgent by Veronica... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Megan
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