Release date: April 1st 2016
Publisher: AW Teen
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
*Publisher approved request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I haven't read many sci-fi books so I wanted to give Future Shock a try. After reading the blurb, I was super curious about this time traveling thing, which of the characters would end up murdered, why, and if they could possibly change that from happening.
The story had a great start, introducing us to Elena's ability and her situation. As a foster kid approaching her eighteenth birthday, she was desperate to find a job to pay for college. In comes this strange corporation with a deal that was too good to be true, but it seemed like a way out for Elena and they only required her to use her skill.
I liked Elena's character; her toughness and the way she wanted to help those who couldn't help themselves was commendable. Because of her father, she believed that there was a terrible side of her and I was so happy that as the story progressed, Adam made her see that she wasn't a bad person because she was always fighting for justice.
It didn't take long for things to kick off. We're quickly introduced to the other foster kids, and one in particular that I didn't really trust from the getgo, but turned out to be okay in the end. I found it interesting that these kids would sign up for this but I guess desperation can make people do crazy things, even time travel on behalf of a corporation they knew nothing about.
I was just as curious as the characters were about what the future looked like. Certain things were fascinating, and other things made me hope it would really come to pass. There was also some intrigue and a bit of mystery, especially after Elena overheard that conversation prior to going to the future, and the fact that they were sent a few years farther than what they were told. And I still wanted to find out who was going to be killed and why, I had no idea that twist was coming and that it would change things so much for the kids. My interest was held specifically because of that, but I just wish there were more elements of sci-fi and action in the midst. I don't know, it just seemed like there were scenes that lagged, and some could have been more. Those small things bothered me. That and the fact that Elena wasn't truthful from the moment she discovered certain significant details about the others. Even though she feared their reaction and not having their trust, I think it could have changed things for the better towards the end, and maybe certain characters would still be alive. Well, she wasn't the only person keeping secrets so perhaps if everyone had been clear from start things would have been different. Either way, it was still a good story.
Not sure where the author will take the story for the second book because of the way this one worked out and I just can't see what could be done next. But regardless, I'm still curious and will probably read it because I'm happy that Elena managed to find some sense of happiness.