Teen protagonists plus black government cars never ends well, or my review of Future Shock

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Future Shock (Future Shock #1)

By: Elizabeth Briggs

Publisher: AW Teen

Publication Date: April 1st, 2016

Format: eARC

synopsis

What do you do when the future is too late, and the present is counting down to an inevitable moment?

Elena Martinez has street smarts, the ability for perfect recall, and a deadline: if she doesn’t find a job before she turns eighteen, she’ll be homeless. But then she gets an unexpected offer from Aether Corporation, the powerful Los Angeles tech giant. Along with four other recruits—Adam, Chris, Trent, and Zoe—Elena is being sent on a secret mission to bring back data from the future. All they have to do is get Aether the information they need, and the five of them will be set for life. It’s an offer Elena can’t refuse.

But something goes wrong when the time travelers arrive in the future. And they are forced to break the only rule they were given—not to 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—and a murder—from happening. But changing the timeline has deadly consequences too. Who can Elena trust as she fights to save her life?

The first book in an unforgettable series about rewriting your destiny in the city of dreams.

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review

4 star (griffin)

With perfect recall and a great set of street smarts, life should be going pretty well. However, when you are stuck in a shoddy foster care system and the time you have to get your life together before you are kicked out of said system is waning, you have some major problems. Under those conditions, signing up for secretive government testing, that has injury waivers written into the contract, doesn’t sound like a bad idea.

Enter Elena Martinez, our fierce and spunky protagonist of Future Shock who will fight for the underdog but really just wants to be left alone. She is kept company by a diverse cast of characters who are well fleshed out and have a strong and believable role in the story, ones not easily interchanged or replaced. They each are fighting to change unwanted futures that have had drastic effects on their lives and those around them, which lies in stark contrast to why they were picked in the first place: they were seen as inconsequential. As the story unfolds, it was great to see the group meld together, begin to trust one another, and be called friends. Throughout, Elizabeth weaves a great narrative that has the reader convinced of certain outcomes before pulling the rug out from under you. The many twists of the story keep the tension high and the main mystery is the focus of the novel and the romance plays out in the background and is threaded into the main story in a very believable way.

Future Shock was a great, quick read that was instantly absorbing and entertaining. I can’t wait for the sequel, but it also scares me a little, because I don’t know where our protagonists are going to go from here.

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