Friday, March 18, 2016

Review: Future Shock

Author Elizabeth Briggs
Format e-ARC
Print Length 272 pages
Publisher AW Teen
Published April 1, 2016

Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life--or so she thinks. When powerful tech giant Aether Corporation selects her for a top-secret project, she can't say no. All she has to do is participate in a trip to the future to bring back data, and she'll be set for life.

Elena joins a team of four other teens with special skills, including Adam, a science prodigy with his own reason for being there. But when the time travelers arrive in the future, something goes wrong and they break the only rule they were given: do not look into their own fates.

Now they have twenty-four hours to get back to the present and find a way to stop a seemingly inevitable future from unfolding. With time running out and deadly secrets uncovered, Elena must use her eidetic memory, street smarts, and a growing trust in Adam to save her new friends and herself.

My Opinion

Elena, along with four other teens gets offered a chance of a lifetime: go 10 years into the future, bring back some tech, get set for life. Well, when an offer sounds too good to be true it probably is. They ended up 30 years into the future. There they find that some of them aren’t going to make it. Can they change their destiny or is it set in stone?

Elena is an interesting main character. She comes from a dysfunctional home environment- daddy kills momma and is in jail. She has an eidetic memory, which makes forgetting things impossible. She always defends the underdog. She is extremely logical when faced with the illogical situation they are in. She has to figure out who their killer is before they strike. Instead of balling up in the fetal position and crying, she goes on the offense- which is a heck of a thing to see.

Adam is the cute love interest of the story. The only one to survive, one can’t help but wonder if he is evil. Yet, there is something so idealistic about him that you hope he didn’t do it. I even started to cheer him on. The chemistry between these two is a slow burn. It starts off with Adam attracted to Elena, and her pushing him away. There is something endearing about him, and in his steadfast belief that they can change the future.

Future Shock is a book that will entertain you. I didn’t realize who the killer was until the end and those are the best kind of mysteries. There is a big part of that is hoping for some of the tech that is mentioned in the future to become our reality.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote The future is no longer a threat but a promise of things to come.

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