Title: Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs
Published: April 1st 2016 by Aw Teen
Page Count: 272
Where’d I Get It: Netgalley (eARC)
Rating: 3.5 stars
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.
I had a lot of fun reading this book. I really did. I love some time travel and wacky science fiction nonsense. Sign me UP for that roller coaster. At 272 pages, the only reason it took me more than 24 hours to read is is because I had D&D and also decided that I should go to sleep at a decent hour.
Elena Martinez is searching for a job, for a future. In two months, she turns eighteen and will be aged out of the foster-care system. Her foster family will no longer support her, and she will be forced to live on her own. What she gets instead is an invitation to a study done by one of the largest tech corporations in her city of Los Angeles. They’ll pay her an exorbitant amount of money for a day of her time. They’re interested in her eidetic memory, you see, and will reimburse her substantially.
Elena can’t pass up such an opportunity, not if she wants to make something of herself, so she agrees. We’re thrown straight into the futuristic science mumbo-jumbo and Elena finds herself, along with four other teenagers, thrust into the future. Sent ten years into the future, they are tasked with bringing technology back from the future, either in physical form or descriptions, to further the tech giant’s hold on the market. They’re only given one warning, not to interact with their future selves, or learn anything about their past lives, as it will cause permanent brain damage.
It’s obvious that things have gone horribly wrong right off the bat. The building they arrive in has been abandoned for quite some time. There is no welcoming committee, no one to see that they arrived safely. A little bit of digging later and they find that they’re not ten years in the future but thirty, and only one of their number even exists in this time.
That guy is Adam, the only kid who’s not a foster kid. He’s also already graduated college, super smart. He was already suspicious from the start, but once the group starts digging into their past, and find that they were all murdered, with Adam the only one left standing, he becomes even more so. That doesn’t stop Elena from falling for him, head over heels. It was pretty gross how fast she went for him. One second he’s making awkward origami at her and the next she’s making out with him. I get that with a truncated and unsure future, and some large looming conspiracy, you might be inclined to rush a romance, so, I forgive her.
Clearly not brain damaged by what they learned, they meet Future!Adam, who gives them some more cryptic information and not a lot else, considering he’s had thirty years to think about his life and what happened to everyone else on his future trip. From there, it’s all a matter of wondering if they’re on the same time loop forever of if they can change the future.
There’s some suspension of disbelief required with the future technology, the cure for cancer, and the overall time travel science in and of itself. Honestly, you’re not really supposed to focus on that so much. It’s really just a fun summer blockbuster or limited run Netflix series in book format. If you look at it from that point of view, it’s a really fun read, perfect for a mental escape.