Future Shock (Future Shock #1)
by Elizabeth Briggs
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.
3.5 of 5 Stars
The four books I’d read previous to this title had all been emotional and thought provoking which left me in the perfect mood for something lighter. Time travel remains to be one of my favorite subgenre’s in science fiction so I was excited to dive into this series. I enjoyed this book as something light, but if I hadn’t been in such an optimal mood for it probably would have liked it less. Elena is a sort of strong female lead character but often her low
Elena is a sort of strong female lead character which I appreciated. However, this is weakened often with how her low self-confidence and wounds from her past cause her to self-sabotage. I can understand this, she’s been through quite an ordeal in life so it makes sense that she would have a lot of issues. That said, I felt myself getting frustrated with her on numerous occasions, especially in regards to Adam. I both liked and felt annoyed by his character portrayal. I wanted more depth in his character and to know more about his history to explain his behavior. I was confused by his choices, especially some toward the end. As for the other characters, we don’t get to know them that well. More depth in these characters would have given the ending more punch.
Overall, I enjoyed this read but I’m wondering if that was more because I was in the right mood for some ‘reading junk food’. The story does attempt to touch on some deeper issues like the foster care system as well as diversity. I appreciated that the characters weren’t all white and straight – Elena is Hispanic, Chris is African-American, and Zoe is bisexual. I wasn’t too bothered by the romance that took place either though I did find it a bit cliche. If you are in need of a lighter read or just love anything time travel related, I do recommend giving this series a shot.