Fiction Friday: Review of the YA Book, Future Shock
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The following review of Future Shock* (April 1, 2016 AW Teen) by Elizabeth Briggs is by Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Joshua Flores.
Elena Martinez was always seen as average; she had no hope. As a foster child whose 18th birthday was approaching, her hope for the future beings to slowly dwindle. But everything begins to change for Elena when she is offered the opportunity of a lifetime—to participate in a trial for Aether Corporation, a mysterious organization that sends skilled teens to the future to study the technology of the future. Elena knows that this trial is extremely dangerous, but she decides to seize the opportunity, one that promises an education and wealth should she accomplish the task. With constant action, extreme peril, and plenty of life and death situations, Future Shock is a young adult novel that is sure to keep readers intrigued and left wanting to know more.
Future Shock provides readers with a dazzling dystopian thriller that depicts what Los Angeles will look like thirty years from now. The plot follows the daring and bold Elena Martinez as she and four other teenagers scour future Los Angeles for the latest technology that they can report back to Aether Corporation. Everything seems to go according to plan for the kids until they become curious about what their lives will be like in thirty years. When horrible secrets are revealed and questions are left unanswered, the five teens will have to decide whether they’ll leave their destinies up to fate or take matters into their own hands.
From both the interesting and original concept to Elizabeth Briggs’ brilliant writing, Future Shock is a must-read novel for fans of futuristic thrillers or virtually anyone who enjoys an action-packed mystery. The novel felt like a breath of fresh air and provided a story that left me guessing what the future will hold for Elena and her group of allies. The only element that was even slightly negative was the fact that the romance between the main characters felt slightly flat and could have been a bit more developed. Other than that, the novel was completely enjoyable and is now a new favorite of mine.
Similarly to novels such as Divergent and The 5th Wave, Future Shock is sure to please and impress teens in search of a quality dystopian thriller with plenty of action and a dash of romance. Both male and female teen readers are guaranteed to enjoy this read, as will adults who enjoy a good mystery. From start to finish, Future Shock was filled with suspense, violence, romance, mystery, and interesting plot twists that make it an enjoyable read for anyone looking for a an escape from the stresses of work and life in general. I highly recommend that you follow Elena and her band of orphans as they fight to save the future and to change their destinies before it’s too late.
For more on Elizabeth Briggs, Future Shock and her other books, visit her website.
*This review is based on the e-arc of Future Shock.
Joshua Flores, a junior from Tustin, California is currently an editor for the Beckman Chronicle and enjoys both reading and writing. He spends most of his free time writing, and coming up with weird characters for the novel he is working on. You can follow him on Instagram at @booklover41899.
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