Friday, March 18, 2016

Book Review: Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs

Future Shock
by Elizabeth Briggs
Publication Date: April 1, 2016
Publisher: AW Teen (Albert Whitman & Company)
Buy It: Amazon / BookDepository 
Source: NetGalley

"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 thirty years 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 Thoughts:
   A short and sweet novel about five teenagers being recruited by a technological research facility to travel forward in time. Elena, our main character is a foster kid who has an eidetic memory and sees it as a curse. It's through her time travelling that she realizes it is an amazing ability after all. All five teenagers are chosen for the trip because of certain skills they have that would prove beneficial for the task to bring back future technology. However, they quickly find out they weren't told everything about Project Chronos and were lied to. Future Shock is a time travel thriller that sucked me in. I wanted to know what new discoveries the group would make regarding the technology of the future and developments with their own futures. I loved reading about the future technology, but I hope our society will never think lights on clothes is a fashion statement. The novel makes you wonder if you can really change the past to affect the future or if we are all on a loop, that what the group knows about the future is what helps the group in the novel shape it. I love these types of books that makes you think while reading it and it isn't just this formula: action+love+more action+everything resolved.
   I liked the book overall and felt the pace was great. The narration and descriptions were to the point and nothing was dragged out too much. Every paragraph was useful and every piece of information you read was important. The characters were interesting and they each became important and necessary for the plot that left no one out. I felt this story had been planned great and time-travel questions that could come up were answered. I love futuristic setting and while there were some technological advances it wasn't too advanced to where it was unbelievable. However, putting lights on clothes as a fashion statement and eating foam is not something I would ever do. The book fits in well with the age group it is intended for and the writing is well done.
   I really like Elena as a character and she had good character development. She could be the young Kate Daniels in regards to her attitude and intellect. I loved reading from her perspective. I love that she is a Mexican-American and helping to diversify the main characters of YA. The whole crew of characters in the book were diverse and Briggs's writing helped you sympathize for them. Overall I really liked this book and hope many more people get a chance to read it.

I gave this book 4/5 Stars. 

Time travel + thriller + diverse characters

Aspects for a 5 star read:
More explanation would have been great about Project Chronos. Why did they make this project to begin with? They just sent the kids without any explanation about anything. Why did they think technology would change so much in 10 years? I felt there was information that would have helped the story. 4 Stars is still REALLY good in my rating system. I would still recommend this book to anyone who is interested.

About the Author:
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

Thank you Albert Whitman and Company for allowing me to review this book through NetGalley! 


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