01 April 2016

Review: Future Shock (Future Shock #1) by Elizabeth Briggs

Future Shock (Future Shock #1) by Elizabeth Briggs.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult, Time Travel.
Source: Netgalley.
Publication: April 1st 2016 by Albert Whitman & Company.
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.

Reviewed by Kelly.

What would you do if you could go in the future? Would you find out about yourself? Even if it could damage your present? That’s a hard one; I don’t know what I would do!

Elena is in the foster care system. She cares about others but she feels like a freak because she has an eidetic memory (in other words she doesn’t forget anything). She knows she will be kicked to the curb soon as she is approaching 18 years old. She has no money and wants to make something of herself. She has lots of tattoos.

So, she is seriously considering an offer she just got to go ten years into the future and bring back data. She will only be gone for 12 minutes in present but it will be 24 hours in the future. She will make money that will set her for life if she does it. She is very wary. They also tell her not to go looking into her own future. It would cause future shock, which is they could come back brain damaged and may not remember her trip into the future. She meets one other girl teenager and 3 boys also assigned to go with her. All but one boy are kids from foster care or homeless. The one boy who isn’t is really smart. His name is Adam and he meets Elena they find instant attraction. Which is so unlike Elena, she doesn’t go for the nerdy type, but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants!

When they get to the future, they find themselves 30 years into the future and not 10 as they were told. The scientists they were told who would meet them doesn’t because the building is deserted and the machine is gone. So they go off and from there its action packed and a mental game. They need to find themselves in the future or Lynne the one who found them the job. But finding themselves proves to be easier. They don’t know if now will they change the future or will they have future shock when they return. But the real question as the 24 hours ticks on is – Will they even live to see themselves get back to their present?

This is a seriously intense mind game. This is my first time travel book into the future. I loved the Outlander Series but that is the past. Who would you trust and what would you do to keep yourself alive? Then when you find out that you all of the group of kids will meet an untimely death back in your present, you will do whatever it takes to fix it so it doesn’t happen and find out whatever it takes and do whatever it takes for things to be right. Including not trusting and not sharing everything you find out with the others in your group. Because, everyone has an ulterior motive! Gah! My mind is having a hard time fathoming what it would be like! It is something that you have to read yourself to get into it. Oh and hang on to the rollercoaster ride because there are no seat belts!

Wait! I just noticed that this is the first in a series! Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to see what will happen next!!!

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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1 comment:

  1. Ohh great review Kelly! Now after reading your review, I am really intrigued and very curious about this book. I haven't read a time-travel book yet but I really want too. And I absolutely love books that plays mind games with you while you are reading the book! I most definitely want to check out this book soonish! Thank you for your awesome post!