Title: Future Shock
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Series: Future Shock #1
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Available: April 5th
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.
Source: ARC from Albert Whitman and Company via NetGalley
I enjoyed this tale of time-travelling teens sent decades into the future to bring back interesting tech to help a major company progress faster. Elena is a foster-care kid about to turn eighteen and seriously worried about her future. She’s smart and has an eidetic memory, but with no money for college, her prospects look bleak. Until Aether Corp offers her a chance to make a whole lot of money for a seemingly simple task.
Of course it’s too good to be true, and this sci-fi tale adds a touch of mystery as it goes along, with a hint of a thriller towards the end. Elena is a good main character. She’s tough but protective, smart yet wary, and she knows how to get things done. I’m not entirely sure I bought her romance with Adam, since they have little in common and don’t really know much about each other, but they were kind of cute together – and I loved the origami. I liked the other three teens too, I just wish we’d had a chance to get to know any and all of them better. Especially at the start before they get sent forward.
The plot essentially takes place over twenty-four hours, yet the pace feels fairly slow. Even with the building mystery, there were times when the story drags a touch. Yet I never quite lost interest. I found it compelling rather than thrilling, and interesting rather than page-turning, but I did enjoy it.
If you’re looking for a different kind of time-travel tale, then this definitely delivers that. If you want some YA sci-fi that doesn’t tread the same old ground, then give this a go. It’s intriguing and clever, with an interesting look at the future world and a compelling heroine that I want to know more of. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for book two, because I’m curious to see where this heads next.
Future Shock is out on April 5th!
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