Title: Future Shock
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Release Date: April 1st 2016
Publisher: AW Teen
Source: Barnes and Noble
Genre: YA Dystopian
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.
If there’s one YA trope I never tire of, it’s books that involve travel to the future! There are so many directions you can take, so many different ways that we can imagine the world will be like in 30, 80, or 200 years.
Elizabeth Briggs’ Futureshock was an intriguing debut with a unique perspective on how technology could shape our societies future. It’s full of suspense and mystery and action, with a set of diverse characters, including a Mexican protagonist, and two secondary poc characters, one of whom is asian and bisexual. I think it’s important now than ever, with a hate monger like Donald Trump as our president, to read and write and review as many diverse books as possible. Minorities and marginalized groups may suffer greatly from his presidency, and we need to show our support in whatever way we can.
Now, onto why I absolutely loved Future Shock.
It follows five teens-foster kids-who embark on a 24 hour trip to the future in order to bring back information and descriptions of technological advances to the present, for the scientists and technicians of Aether Corporation to study. In exchange for a hefty ammount of money. More than any of them have ever had in their lives, combined. Money that each of these kids desperateley needs if they wish to finally live comfortably and securely by their eighteenth birthdays, when they’ll no longer be in the foster care system.
But not everything goes according to plan, and they find themselves further in the future than planned, on the run from the authorities. As they are met with shocking discoveries regarding their own future selves, they must fight to discover the truth before they return to the present. They must fight to prevent murder and betrayal, and to preserve their own futures.
I loved the main character, Elena, who was tough both emotionally and physically, and took on this harrowing mission to give herself a chance at a real life, even though she knew she was taking a huge risk. She was very brave and not afraid to stand up to bullies either.
There was a slow building romance between her and Adam, one of the other boys sent with her to the future. There was definitely no insta-love between them, Elena was understandably slow to trust anyone after the hardships she’d been through, but as she and her new teammates had to work together to survive, they came to trust and rely on each other, and she eventually began opening up to Adam. Adam is one of those adorable geeky types, with blue eyes and glasses and a whole lot of smarts. He’s an all around kind and selfless person, and he truly wanted to get to know Elena and her past. He was an easy character to fall in love with.
This is the first book in a trilogy, and it only spans 24 hours, but even within that small amount of time, we get to learn so much about each of the characters, and the high-stakes adventure of a lifetime brings these five strangers together as friends fairly quickly, as they have only each other to count on.
The ending left me desperately wanting the sequel, which comes out in March of next year. I hope I can get myself an ARC, because I’m dying to know what happens next and wether these characters will continue to stick together. Recommended for lovers of Sci-Fi or Dystopia!
Rating: 4.5 Stars