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Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs

Saturday, May 7, 2016

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.

Goodreads Summary

Could you resist the urge to look yourself up if you were sent into the future to complete a task for a company. When people travel for business they typically do mix in some leisure and personal time while they travel to whatever location they are sent to. Elena has to resist the urge to look herself up because she is specifically to to leave that avenue of her mission alone. As is everyone else that is sent on this retrieval mission. As I was reading I was thinking the whole time that it would be really hard to not want to at least see how you turn out. Not necessarily interact, but definitely observe.

What humanizes this book, is that the team has to break this rule, and the things they find will shock them all. I remember the moment in the book when the teams finds it hard to locate their future selves. In fact, they all begin to wonder if they even exist 30 years in the future. The author does a great job at describing this fear individually in all the characters. They are all well developed with their own thoughts, ideas and personalities. It was fun reading about how they all interacted with each other considering that it was a group of late teens being sent into the future to accomplish a mission together. Who would expect kids to get a major task done that could decide the fate of a company? All in all, this is a great suspenseful story that has an awesome ending. You will not regret putting your nose in this book.

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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