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Future Shock

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A remarkable teen with a photographic memory must alter a dark future she has seen with her own eyes in this New York Times–bestselling “thrill ride” (VOYA).

Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life—or so she thinks. But 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 memory, street smarts, and a growing trust in Adam to save her new friends—and herself.

Hailed by Publishers Weekly as “a tense tale of predestination and paranoia, fleshed out with a diverse cast and an intriguing premise,” Future Shock is an ingenious story by Elizabeth Briggs, author of the popular Chasing the Dream series. Briggs combines time-travel science fiction, murder mystery, romance, and page-turning suspense in an electrifying adventure that devoted fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner series will eagerly devour.

“Suspenseful, engaging and highly recommended for fans of YA romance, time-travel romance and sci-fi romance.” —USA Today
 
“An entertaining science fiction mystery that should appeal to James Patterson fans along with readers of Michael Grant’s ‘Gone’ series.” —School Library Journal
 
“A thrilling page-turner that’ll keep you guessing until the very end!” —Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated series

Elizabeth Briggs graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology. She mentors teens in writing and is the author of the new adult Chasing the Dream series. She lives in L.A. with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs. Future Shock is her first young adult novel.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 25, 2016 – A young woman travels to the future in this temporal thriller, a series opener and Briggs's (the Chasing the Dream series) first book for teens. Due to the eidetic memory 17-year-old Elena Martinez has kept hidden all her life, she is selected by the powerful Aether Corporation to join several other talented teens on a trip 10 years into the future as part of a time-travel experiment. When they overshoot their mark by two decades, they spend a harrowing day eluding authorities and coping with radical changes in society and technology. After Elena and her erstwhile allies learn that most of their group is fated to die just after their return, they work to discover the truth behind their mission and their perhaps-inevitable dooms. Briggs crafts a tense tale of predestination and paranoia, fleshed out with a diverse cast and an intriguing premise. While the author concentrates more on worldbuilding and plot twists than on her characters, leaving several of the protagonists underdeveloped, the overall presentation is solidly entertaining. Ages 13 up.

Customer Reviews

Thrilling, heart racing, and intense ride

Elena, is a foster kid with an incredible memory. Every detail she can remember. One fateful day a knock comes at the door with an offer she can't refuse. With only days left, before getting kicked out of her home. She signs on the dotted line.

This is a thrilling, heart racing, and intense ride. Five teens sent to the future, trying to find information. For a company, that may not be telling the whole truth But they only have 24 hrs to fix anything that happens in the past. But can it be fixed?

Briggs takes you to another world. She doesn't miss a beat and your on this crazy ride with all five of them. They were taken for their strengths but I don't think they could of imagined what was going to happen. I was on he edge of my seat from the beginning. I had to know what was going to happen and their lives were really hanging on the truth.

The mystery involved in this story, is truly fantastic. I never guessed the end while reading. I feel that's really important. I wish I knew what's going to happen next!

Briggs is an excellent story teller. She weaves a concept and brings it to life. I knew when I saw this book, that I had to read it. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to do so. It was different, unique and what I think the YA world needs....Lissa

Excellent Futuristic Story

I would like to thank Albert Whitman Teen & NetGalley for a copy of this e-ARC to review. Though I received this ebook for free, that has no impact upon the honesty of my review.

Goodreads Teaser: 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.

Creative and full of twists this book will take you on a great ride, so get comfy and prepare to travel to the future, and hopefully back again. The story certainly delivers, there's action, mysteries to unravel while racing a ticking clock, and high emotions that swing from mistrust, to violence, romance, friendship, and of course betrayal.

Having the story be told from Elena's point of view allows us to see so much more than would otherwise be possible, since she has an eidetic memory. In other words Elena can't forget anything she's read, seen, or experienced - even if she wants to. While each of the other teens involved in the super secret project have their own talents, none seem to be as powerful as Elena. Not until they meet Adam and discover that he's a true genius, having graduated from college with two degrees before his eighteenth birthday. But Adam doesn't fit the profile of the other four kids, including Elena. He's so clearly not a product of the foster care system, and therefore vulnerable to the rest.

Chris is a mountain of a guy, and has a temper. His new sidekick, Trent, is mouthy but more of a rabble rouser than anything else. And Zoe is a tiny, meek little mouse of a girl. But they all know the rules of the street and system, so when Adam blithely puts his foot in his mouth almost from the start Elena feels compelled to defend and protect him. And though she's small compared to the boys her reputation seems to have proceeded her, to her dismay.

The truth is, none of these kids are what I just described above. They are all so much more than the quick labels that get slapped on them at one point or another. Yet because of what they've gone through they are very, very slow to trust in others. So watching them struggle with the lessons they've often painfully learned and the reality of their situation is a fascinating exercise in human relations. It's something Ms. Briggs handles with grace and sensitivity, all while managing to keep it feeling realistic (at least to someone who's had the great luck to never enter the foster care system).

And it's the emotional baggage and leaps these kids are forced to deal with that make this book so compelling for me. Certainly the mystery and dangers they face are riveting, but without these characters and their unplumbed depths it would simply be your average future travel mystery. Instead it's a lovely blend of human emotions and what fighting for your lives brings to the fore in each of them. The twists and turns in the plot certainly keep the story moving forward at a relentless pace, but never so fast as to lose the threads that bind these kids together, wether they want to be together or not. Hands down a solid read, and one that will have you dreading the idea of putting it down, so prepare plenty of time because this book is a page turner that will get its hooks into you from the beginning straight through to the very end.

Future Shock
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  • Level: Grades 7-12
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sci-Fi
  • Published: Apr 05, 2016
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
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