Title: FUTURE SHOCK
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Publisher: AW Teen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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 love all of Elizabeth Briggs’ New Adult books so I was super stoked when I found out she had a YA coming out! Her NA feature realistic characters so I was excited to see her dive into sci-fi.
This novel is definitely fast paced, which is always a plus for me for sci-fi. My galley formatting was a bit off so it didn’t have the correct chapter breaks but I found myself not wanting to stop (and since I didn’t have the chapter breaks to stop me I kind of just binged most of the novel in a single sitting). Right away we are thrown into the time travel aspect, which I didn’t have a problem with and the science makes sense! Then again if time travel were real and someone tried to explain it to me, I know I wouldn’t understand so I accept any explanation that half way makes sense (don’t worry this one makes total sense!!) My only small compliant here is that none of the characters got any kind of training. Personally if I was about to time travel I would want some kind of training. I wasn’t expecting much but they time traveled almost right after they found out it existed.
One thing I have always loved about Elizabeth’s novels is her characters and they definitely did not disappoint! Our main character is Elena and she is smart, kickass and fierce. She is originally recruited because of her eidetic memory but quickly proves she is also useful for her incredible street smarts and quick thinking on her feet. We have a colorful cast of side characters that each bring their own talents to the table. Right away I expected each character to fit into the mold that they were recruited for but each one proves their skill set useful in more than one situation.
The story kept flowing and was fast paced. Once again I loved Elizabeth’s storytelling. There were a few plot twists here and there that really kept me question HOW WILL THIS END? Overall I really enjoyed this one and highly reccomend to anyone who enjoys a fast paced, action packed story. I cannot wait to read more YA from Elizabeth!!
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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