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.
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by Elizabeth Briggs
Future Shock #1
SciFi / Fantasy
Albert Whitman & Company
April 5, 2016
Fascinating. That’s one word I would use to describe this book. Amazing also fits as well. Once started, this is a book you would have trouble putting down. I think I stayed up all night reading because of how exciting this book ultimately ended up being.
Elena Martinez is seventeen and in the foster care system. She’s close to aging out of the system and has no idea how she is going to live in a couple of months. When a famous corporation approaches her and asks her to join a special study in return for enough money to send her to college and set her up in her new life, she jumps at the chance. it’s super top secret, will only involve a 24 hour period, and three of the four others involved are also in the foster care system. Each of the teens has a talent. Elena has an eidetic memory, meaning she never forgets anything. There’s an artist and a genius as well in the group. Their job? Go forward ten years into the future and bring back some of the new technology. Future? The teens are immediately pretty much scared out of their wits, but they all need the money, so it happens. Once in the future, nothing happens the way it should. Of course.
This ended up being a mystery of pretty epic proportions when it comes to each of the teens. Suffice it to say that things in the future are really different, and nothing they thought it would be. This book is guaranteed to have the reader on the edge of their seat throughout the read. When you put five older teens together in a horrible situation, in a completely different world, it made for an exciting time and a wild ride.
This was my first read by Briggs, but if this read is any indication of her talent, this author’s work needs to go on my must read list. Well written, the characters practically jump off the pages, Elena and the genius, Adam, in particular. That said, all of the teens were well realized by the author. I thought the premise was completely unique and the pacing well done. The author’s vision of the future was extremely intriguing as well. There’s even a possible romance happening.
I would recommend this to older young adults to adults-older due to some graphic violence. It also has a lot to say about the problems within the foster care system. I loved the whole thing and have nothing bad to say about any of it. This was truly one of the best books I have read lately. Highly recommended!
The review copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
About Elizabeth Briggs
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.