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Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs

Saturday, May 21, 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

I don't know what I would do if I found out I didn't exist in the future that I had been sent to.  Elena is paired with other foster children to go to the future.  Once there, events happen incorrectly/unexpectedly and the children search for their future selves (against the wishes of the company that sent them there).  The group goes through rough patches to get along with each other and have to decide how to handle what they discover together. 

I was a little confused if I didn't pay enough attention while reading because the book is set up in  past/present/future portions.  Elena's character had depth and the reader will sympathize with her situation.  Elena is afraid of turning out like her parents (her dad is in jail) and she doesn't know what to do once she is kicked out of the foster care system.  I mostly liked the other teens...but not as much as Elena.  I didn't guess the ending and there were some surprises along the way.  This book would be a fun read for young adult/teen readers.

4 Stars

*Reviewed by Krystal*

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