Title: Future Shock (Future Shock #1)
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Recommended for: People who want to get into sci-fi for the first time; people who like sci-fi that is not too heavy on the science.
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.
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a digital ARC of Future Shock!
“Sometimes libraries and the books inside them were the only places I felt safe.”
I had my first encounter with Elizabeth Briggs’s books in 2015, when I read her New Adult book, More Than Music. It was one of the few New Adult books with which I had fun while reading, so I was really excited when I found out she had a YA Sci-Fi coming out. Nearly a year passed and I still hadn’t read it, until it recently became available on Netgalley under Read Now. Out of all the books I’ve received from Netgalley, Future Shock became my favorite.
Elizabeth Briggs has a writing style that is simple in a way that makes you not notice it at all; it doesn’t stand out, but it makes the story flow in such a way that will lead you to read half of the book and make it seems as though no time has passed at all.
The science aspects are very easy to understand, which will please readers who like futuristic novels that don’t focus too much on the science, as well as readers who want to start reading sci-fi for the first time but are intimidated by too much science. While the mechanics of most of the technological advances are not explained, they make sense. There are no technological devices that make you think, “Who would ever create this in the first place?“
“As water pours down on us, together we’re a bonfire in the middle of a storm. And as I cling to Adam, suddenly, more than ever, I want to live.”
My favorite aspect of the novel was the characters. At first they seem like they might be stereotypical, but soon we learn that there’s more to them than it looks like at first. As times went on, even the most frustrating of the characters who traveled to the future grew on me. I don’t know when exactly it happened, but at some point I liked them all and wanted them to end up safe and happy. Another great thing about Future Shock is that there is some diversity. The main character is Latina, the other girl who travels to the future is Asian and bisexual, four out of the five kids are foster children, etc.
As for the plot itself, well… Let’s just say I picked up the book with the intention of reading a few pages, but I ended up staying up until midnight to read the entire thing. Every time I decided it was time to put it down, I would tell myself I would read just a few more pages to see what happened next. And that’s how I read 90% of the book in one sitting.