Review: Future Shock-Elizabeth Briggs

Future Shock

Book 1

Genre: teen science fiction, scifi

Pgs: 265

Rating: 4.5

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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 could feel myself falling into yet another book slump when I decided to try this book out. I wasn't entirely sure if I was up for reading about time travel and rebellious teenagers but I decided to try it anyway. And I liked it! I finished it in a day (to be fair, it is rather short) and I'm still thinking about it. 


"Wait, are you saying..." My voice trails off. The words are too big, too impossible to speak out loud. "That we... The future...

"Yes," Lynne says. "You will be traveling to the future."


So first we have Elena, our main character. She's been through the wringer with losing her mom, and her dad going to prison. Going from house to house in foster care leads her to become closed up and unwilling to trust people. She wants to be free from the system and Aether Corporation is there just when she needs it to be. 


The other three, Trent, Chris, and Zoe take more of a backseat to the story. They're involved but I didn't feel like we really got to connect with them properly. That's not a huge deal from me since I was more interested in Elena, Adam, and the secrets that piled up, but I know for some they'll probably find their lack of appearance disappointing. 


Adam is the smart guy. He's the complete opposite of the others. He isn't living on the streets or worrying about where the next meal will come from. He's set and ready to go, but why is he there then? Adam is elusive from the beginning. I had all these questions about him that weren't answered right at that moment. The relationship between him and Elena is barely there. This story is focused more on the time travel and figuring out how they can fix everything before 24 hours is up, which I understand and is the only reason why I'm not upset about the lack of romance. I love how adorable and cute Adam is.


"What, no TARDIS?" Adam asks. "I was hoping for a DeLorean, personally."


A few parts were obvious from the beginning and not much that was revealed was a surprise, but other parts I didn't see coming, which I always love from a sort of mystery book. The villain is portrayed differently in this story. It's not a shout in your face kind of villain but the reasons why for it all make sense and also add a bit of melancholy to the story line. 


Though the story ends perfectly well, in my opinion, I am curious as to how this will be a series. I think it ended well and doesn't need any more books but who knows? Maybe something was left open. I'm excited to check it out when it comes out.

-The Avid Reader-