This Chick Read: Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs

Elizabeth Briggs has created a futuristic world that is fast paced, fascinating and totally believable.  Elena Martinez and her fellow time travelers have survived the foster system in 2016, developing talents that will help them survive a city they no longer recognize.   The one rule is that they are not allowed to look up any information on themselves.  This rule is  quickly broken, and what they find out gives them a new purpose for the next 24 hours.  I thoroughly enjoyed how a group of foster kids who have survived the system by not counting on anyone but themselves becomes a team, to overcome adversity.  Each individual skill set becomes an integral part of the story, and the author does a great job of making unlikeable, tough kids, sympathetic. This was a team that I wanted to see win.

The synopsis, below, is taken directly from the author’s website

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.

The author did such a good job developing each of the five teenagers characters and attitude. They seemed so real that my mind didn’t slow down to question any of the plot.  Those details carried the weight of believability, so that when they arrived in the future, I got just as caught up in the advanced technology as they did.  The descriptions were natural and native to the story.  I didn’t stop once and think, this isn’t believable at all!  That is the sign of a great writer and storyteller.

The romance sub plot was not atypical.  A girl from the wrong side of the tracks and the boy who has it all.  However, in this book, not everything is as it looks.  There are some twists and turns that were cleverly written and an ending that I didn’t see coming.  This is Elizabeth Briggs first foray into the YA genre, and it was a successful venture.  She has written some contemporary romances and actually gives away a free download to one if you sign up for her newsletter.  I did, and am looking forward to checking it out!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher Albert Whitman & Co through NetGalley for my honest and unbiased review.  This book will be available April, 5, 2016.


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