I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs
Published by Aw Teen on April 1, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Social & Family Issues, Teen, Time Travel
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.
I have read a surprising number of time travel books lately. So when I opened up Future Shock, I was not sure what to expect. I was happily surprised, as it was so different from what I had been reading. For one, it is a future time travel, not past and the time travel was not mystical in nature, rather it was purely science based. That made for some interesting twists and I am glad that the beautiful cover housed such a great read. Elena is a foster kid hiding an eidetic memory and a shattered past. She thinks she has succeeded in hiding her talent and past, until a giant corporation offers her the chance to travel into the future for a ridiculous sum. The only rule for the group of five teens is that they are not allowed to look at their futures. Sounds easy right? It is until circumstances change and they are forced to break the one rule to try to save themselves.
The plot of Future Shock was an interesting mix of action, drama and heart. I really enjoyed Elizabeth Brigg’s writing. She was able to incorporate diversity, teen angst and a deep backstory all together. The pacing was very fast, with everything happening over only a few days. The world built was a little lacking, as I think the action was so fast paced that the world it happened in took secondary consideration. The emotions were great; nice heart pounding action mixed with loss and a smidge of romance. The characters were very well fleshed out and well rounded. There was a nice mix of race, gender and sexual orientation that gave each person a special distinction.
Future Shock was a surprise in a good way. I really enjoyed Elizabeth Briggs’ take on time travel and that she really though outside of the normal box. I also appreciated the author’s attention to detail; when something was alluded to, it was picked up later and finished off, I was never left hanging. Future Shock is Briggs foray into YA and I think she succeeded. I eagerly await her next release and recommend this one if you are looking for an action packed read with heart.
Favorite lines – There’s something soothing about the predictability of time. No matter what happens, there are always sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in an hour, twenty-four hours in a day. For years, this watch, with its steady ticking hands, was my one constant. In all those years, even in my darkest moments, I’ve never wanted more than those sixty seconds, sixty minutes, twenty-four hours. Now I’d give anything to have more time. But I’m not dead yet.
Biggest cliché – They are a giant corporation, of course they only want the best for me.
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Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She’s the author of the new adult Chasing The Dream series and the upcoming young adult novel Future Shock. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs. You can connect with her online at:www.elizabethbriggs.net
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