I have read a surprising number of time travel books lately. So when I opened up Future Shock, I was not sure what to expect. I was happily surprised, as it was so different from what I had been reading. For one, it is a future time travel, not past and the time travel was not mystical in nature, rather it was purely science based. That made for some interesting twists and I am glad that the beautiful cover housed such a great read. Elena is a foster kid hiding an eidetic memory and a shattered past. She thinks she has succeeded in hiding her talent and past, until a giant corporation offers her the chance to travel into the future for a ridiculous sum. The only rule for the group of five teens is that they are not allowed to look at their futures. Sounds easy right? It is until circumstances change and they are forced to break the one rule to try to save themselves.
The plot of Future Shock was an interesting mix of action, drama and heart. I really enjoyed Elizabeth Brigg’s writing. She was able to incorporate diversity, teen angst and a deep backstory all together. The pacing was very fast, with everything happening over only a few days. The world built was a little lacking, as I think the action was so fast paced that the world it happened in took secondary consideration. The emotions were great; nice heart pounding action mixed with loss and a smidge of romance. The characters were very well fleshed out and well rounded. There was a nice mix of race, gender and sexual orientation that gave each person a special distinction.
Future Shock was a surprise in a good way. I really enjoyed Elizabeth Briggs’ take on time travel and that she really though outside of the normal box. I also appreciated the author’s attention to detail; when something was alluded to, it was picked up later and finished off, I was never left hanging. Future Shock is Briggs foray into YA and I think she succeeded. I eagerly await her next release and recommend this one if you are looking for an action packed read with heart.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.