I particularly enjoyed seeing the differences between all of the possible futures that our cast visits. It's fascinating to see what has stayed the same and what has changed. Trying to work out what caused these changes is certainly interesting to consider as a part of the mystery. My favorite returning future character has to be Wombat, but of course he's a bit different than how Elena and company remember him.
It has so much to like from time-travel thrills, diverse characters, an intriguing mystery, a dash of romance, plenty of fast-paced action, and mind-bending twists. Book three, Future Lost , can not come soon enough! How am I supposed to wait until to see what happens next after that final turn? The only thing that matters is now. This is a fast paced, action packed book with twists and turns to the plot that you never see a coming.
Well unless you are me. Called it but hey I still love every moment of this book well nearly every moment. As my main problem with everything that is going on in the book is Elena. Elena as a female lead is strong. I personally thin What. I personally think that it could have been done without all the self-flagellating she was doing. After a while it got tiresome.
Oh, and why she kept on pushing Adam away. Adam has the patience of a frigging saint. That is saying something on my part because it is YA.
YA and I have a somewhat difficult relationship. But due to the time travel element and that there is a dystopian feel with a dash of science fiction added that makes it even more engaging and enticing then it did to begin with. It was also so refreshing to read a book that was without very little sex.
It happens at the end and the Hero Adam is a virgin. Sometime I just need a book without intense sex, you know? The author did an excellent job in creating alternative futures every single time by showing that even the smallest changes can have a strong impact on everything.
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This series leaves me wanting more. The last book is released in A reread will be in order. Review can also be found http: Mar 03, Shelley rated it really liked it Shelves: As the story opens, it has been 6 months since protagonist Elena Martinez was part of a research project called Project Chronos that sent a group of teenagers into the future 30 years in order to collect future technology.
In those six months, Elena found a niche to fall into. Dec 07, Jaime Two Chicks on Books rated it it was amazing. I think I loved that more than book 1! I almost don't need a book 3 with that ending but I'm not going to complain I'd like to go to the future again with Elena: Oct 10, Meli rated it really liked it Shelves: No es una simple Mary Sue odiosa sin ton ni son. No veo la hora de que salga el tercero 4. Mar 21, Monique V rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 23, Suze Lavender rated it it was amazing. Aether Corporation has a time machine and they send teenagers to the future to get information for them.
Elena made a trip to a future thirty years from the present together with several others she didn't know at the time. Unfortunately not all of them made it and she's still struggling daily with the results of what she'd been recruited to do. It did have a positive effect too though. She now has money, she has a nice place to live, she can study whatever she wants and she's found a great frien Aether Corporation has a time machine and they send teenagers to the future to get information for them.
She now has money, she has a nice place to live, she can study whatever she wants and she's found a great friend, Chris, and a boyfriend, Adam. Elena is dealing with a lot of survivor's guilt. She also has a hard time accepting her relationship with Adam, as she's never had anyone good in her life before.
When Aether picks her up together with Chris and Adam to go to the future again Elena doesn't want to go. The scientists at Aether want them to find the next team of teenagers, because they didn't make it back to the machine on time and they aren't able to locate them. Aether won't take no for an answer and before she knows it Elena, Chris and Adam are being transferred to the same time once more. It looks completely different though, due to Aether's research the future has become much more technologically advanced. Elena realizes that everything they do will have consequences that can alter the future.
Can they retrieve the other team and will they come out unharmed or will time traveling cost her dearly once more? Future Threat is a fantastic gripping story. She can fight, she isn't afraid of dangerous situations and she's smart. The teenagers are all gifted, so she isn't the only talented one for a change.
Elena's memory is exceptional and Adam is a genius. They have to strategize to get things right and to make sure their trips to the future don't alter their lives in a bad way. Adam is a gentle guy, he's patient and sweet, which makes him ideal for Elena, if only she could let him in.
Elena is fierce and she has a lot of skills that come in handy when they have to make fast and complicated plans. I love the way her mind works, she's a true survivor and together with Adam she can make anything happen. The group of teenagers they are trying to find consists of interesting new characters. Elizabeth Briggs makes their stories come to life very well and therefore Future Threat is both compelling and intriguing. Elizabeth Briggs writes about the future in an amazing and fascinating way. I love the way her mind works and enjoyed reading about her version of the future. Thirty years isn't that far ahead and the changes she makes are often only small and just a few of them are huge.
She keeps it pretty subtle and I liked that every adjustment she makes feels realistic. Elizabeth Briggs shares her ideas and creativity in a vivid and detailed way, which makes the story intense and captivating. Future Threat is well written and action-packed, it's a terrific constant adrenaline rush. I love the Future Shock series and highly recommend it. Apr 23, Sarina rated it really liked it Shelves: A bit predictable up until the middle but then Things started to get more thrilling and more twisting than I could ever imagine.
I love how she, or the others never give up. A truly cunning villain. A stunning and suitable end, full of despair and hope. Suspense till the end. Mar 06, Chaitra rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I didn't realize as I clicked on an invitation email from NetGalley that this book was the second in the series. But I read the first one and didn't hate it.
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So I wasn't dreading reading this even though YA is not really my thing. Now let me be frank - time travel makes my head hurt. Whenever traveling through time involves changing anything, I start getting very confused. It's compounded if it happens multiple times. This book has the worst of both. It's got people messing around in the future I didn't realize as I clicked on an invitation email from NetGalley that this book was the second in the series. It's got people messing around in the future which affects things when they get back to the past, in turn affecting the future, all iterations of which they seem to have access to at all points.
That's the main problem I had. They land in a wonderful future where the three of them have formed a company and are doing all sorts of good things. The teen versions split up to follow different members of the rogue team, because Elena thinks they should even after some indications that it didn't really go that way in Timeline 0, and obviously bad things happen. They can't live with it, and go back again. In Timeline 2, the future has changed. But they still somehow can access the people from the first timeline - the ones who did not make it back with them in Timeline 1.
And shit happens during this timeline too, and they go back again. In Timeline 3, they can access people from Timeline 1 and Timeline 2 all of whom did not make it back with them when they went back last time. The future is horribly changed from both prior timelines. What are they doing here? How can they access the multiverse? They don't seem to do anything differently, no space-time rip except the accelerator, and they don't go through it multiple times.
There's more, but my head already hurts and I'm hoping it was me who missed something crucial and not the book. I also couldn't recognize the leads all that much. Elena has developed PTSD because of some events of the first book, and she makes stupid decisions to compensate. I have no issues with this, but the reactions of the others makes it weird. For some reason, she's leading. She's always splitting up people and leaving them with no backup, getting emotional when things predictably go to pot.
But she's still calling the shots the next time around. Maybe let someone rational do this, Elena. Adam and his blind devotion to Elena also made me barf. She's not easy to love, but he never dumps her, in no timeline. It probably could have been better portrayed, but to me, it felt similar to someone repeatedly kicking a puppy and the puppy still coming back in devotion. I didn't love the first book, so Future Threat is not much of a disappointment. But it did have potential. Maybe I did miss something crucial, but I know I didn't miss anything in the character arcs, and that was unsatisfactory also.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a review. Well they are back at it, but not happy about it. Like our group, I was stunned that they were forced to do Aether's bidding. Things seemed so straight forward at first, but the more they learned the more things were messed up. In order to do the right thing they had to keep going in the loop, which honestly was the right thing to do. I really didn't see the twist at the end, hated that once again Elena had to make a hard choice, but for the sake of everyone it had to be done.
I only hope that t Well they are back at it, but not happy about it. I only hope that the future is like the first one they found or even better!
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Future Threat is up on Netgalley! And to everyone asking, yes there will be another book after this. Future Lost comes out in This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs If you know me you know my love for all things time travel and parallel life. To me these two things really go hand in hand. If someone travels into the future they are now creating a parallel life where this happens and that will change things. It is an endless loop of mind games and questions. And the newest book in the Future Shock trilogy, This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs If you know me you know my love for all things time travel and parallel life.
And the newest book in the Future Shock trilogy, Future Threat, does just that. Future Threat takes place 6 months after the end of Future Shock. Elena, Adam and Chris are trying to get back to their normal lives after everything that happened to them and what the Aether Corporation have done to them. But getting back to normal is easier said than done. Prepared to never think about Aether or time travel again the 3 of them are once again approached by the company needing their help.
Reluctantly the 3 of them travel 30 years into the future to help bring back another team of time travelers. I will say that I found Future Threat predictable. Not in a bad way. I mean I knew how it was all going to go down almost immediately, but I still was on the end of my seat trying to figure out if I was actually wrong or not. Part of that interest was because of all the parallel worlds that were formed because of changes. I was fascinated by how things changed so easily from visit to visit and was curious what it would all mean to the main couple, Adam and Elena.
Oh Adam and Elena. Elena killed me in this book. She refused to get out of her own way and I wanted to shake her. Actually I wanted to shake Adam too because it was so obvious what she was doing and he ignored it. They definitely frustrated me. That is really important to who they are as characters and I was happy that was still the case. I also really liked how they responded differently to things they saw in their futures and wanted to work to make it all happened.
In the end I really liked this installment of the story. I liked where the characters went and how they changed and learned. And I loved the time travel aspect. The end was a little too cliff hangery for my liking, but just all the more reason to look forward to book 3. Feb 21, Monique rated it it was amazing. My expectations were beyond sky-high, and believe it or not, they were met tenfold! But it turns out that Shay isn't too keen to be made pretty; she's heard of a seemingly better alternative. When Shay runs away, Tally is faced with the worst choice she could imagine.
Will she turn pretty at all? The most unique thing about the future of Uglies is how it relates to our world today, with all the current anxiety about girls worrying obsessively over their appearance. This is a really unique book so its time to give it a go! These are — I think — the stand-out books in the dystopian genre. However, there are loads more if none of these sound to your taste: But there is a glitch at Cassia's matching banquet; does she have the right boy? A bit more girly, but great. Similar world to The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Kathy H is coming to terms with her shocking past, but what about her daunting future? This tells the story of Cassie Sullivan, who believes she could be the last survivor after a murderous alien invasion. But the aliens aren't green space men; their like us, only far smarter. Can Cassie trust anyone any more?
So take your pick! You should find at least one of these books will appeal to you. Please comment, I'd love to hear whether you like these books, or think a different book should be in the mix Email us , tweet us GdnChildrensBks or comment on Facebook to share your thoughts. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins This is one of the most well known dystopian books, and most others in the genre are compared to it. Legend by Marie Lu This is much less well known dystopian trilogy, but still one of the best, and one that deserves a lot more popularity.
Maybe Day isn't her worst enemy after all… The most unique thing about the dystopian world of Legend is how there are so many shocking twists about the Republic; there are dark secrets around every corner. Divergent by Veronica Roth Divergent has seen a lot of publicity lately with the film released in March this year.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner This trilogy and prequel is a really interesting and different dystopia. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Uglies is one of the first books in this genre; it was published in , well before Hunger Games or Divergent. A paranoid, disturbing masterpiece. The intellectuals' favourite children's story began as an improvised tale told by an Oxford mathematics don to a colleague's daughters; later readers have found absurdism, political satire and linguistic philosophy in a work that, years on, remains fertile and fresh, crisp yet mysterious, and endlessly open to intepretation.
Alice, while reading in a meadow, sees a white rabbit rush by, feverishly consulting a watch. She follows him down a hole Freudian analysis, as elsewhere in the story, is all too easy , where she grows and shrinks in size and encounters creatures mythological, extinct and invented. Morbid jokes and gleeful subversion abound. The trippier sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and, like its predecessor, illustrated by John Tenniel. More donnish in tone, this fantasy follows Alice into a mirror world in which everything is reversed.
Her journey is based on chess moves, during the course of which she meets such figures as Humpty Dumpty and the riddling twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee. More challenging intellectually than the first instalment, it explores loneliness, language and the logic of dreams.
The year is - and other times. Fevvers, aerialiste, circus performer and a virgin, claims she was not born, but hatched out of an egg. She has two large and wonderful wings. In fact, she is large and wonderful in every way, from her false eyelashes to her ebullient and astonishing adventures. The journalist Jack Walser comes to interview her and stays to love and wonder, as will every reader of this entirely original extravaganza, which deftly and wittily questions every assumption we make about the lives of men and women on this planet. Carmen Callil Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop.
The golden age of the American comic book coincided with the outbreak of the second world war and was spearheaded by first- and second-generation Jewish immigrants who installed square-jawed supermen as bulwarks against the forces of evil. Chabon's Pulitzer prize-winning picaresque charts the rise of two young cartoonists, Klayman and Kavalier. It celebrates the transformative power of pop culture, and reveals the harsh truths behind the hyperreal fantasies.
XB Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop. Clarke's third novel fuses science and mysticism in an optimistic treatise describing the transcendence of humankind from petty, warring beings to the guardians of utopia, and beyond. One of the first major works to present alien arrival as beneficent, it describes the slow process of social transformation when the Overlords come to Earth and guide us to the light.
Humanity ultimately transcends the physical and joins a cosmic overmind, so ushering in the childhood's end of the title EB Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop.
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Chesterton's "nightmare", as he subtitled it, combines Edwardian delicacy with wonderfully melodramatic tub-thumping - beautiful sunsets and Armageddon - to create an Earth as strange as any far-distant planet. Secret policemen infiltrate an anarchist cabal bent on destruction, whose members are known only by the days of the week; but behind each one's disguise, they discover only another policeman. At the centre of all is the terrifying Sunday, a superhuman force of mischief and pandemonium.
Chesterton's distorting mirror combines spinetingling terror with round farce to give a fascinating perspective on Edwardian fears of and flirtations with anarchism, nihilism and a world without god. Clarke's first novel is a vast, hugely satisfying alternative history, a decade in the writing, about the revival of magic - which had fallen into dusty, theoretical scholarship - in the early 19th century. Two rival magicians flex their new powers, pursuing military glory and power at court, striking a dangerous alliance with the Faerie King, and falling into passionate enmity over the use and meaning of the supernatural.
The book is studded with footnotes both scholarly and comical, layered with literary pastiche, and invents a whole new strain of folklore: This classic by an unjustly neglected writer tells the story of Drove and Pallahaxi-Browneyes on a far-flung alien world which undergoes long periods of summer and gruelling winters lasting some 40 years. It's both a love story and a war story, and a deeply felt essay, ahead of its time, about how all living things are mutually dependant.
This is just the kind of jargon-free, humane, character-driven novel to convert sceptical readers to science fiction. Coupland began Girlfriend in a Coma in "probably the darkest period of my life", and it shows. Listening to the Smiths - whose single gave the book its title - can't have helped. This is a story about the end of the world, and the general falling-off that precedes it, as year-old Karen loses first her virginity, then consciousness. When she reawakens more than a decade later, the young people she knew and loved have died, become junkies or or simply lost that new-teenager smell.
Wondering what the future holds? It's wrinkles, disillusionment and the big sleep. It's not often you get to read a book vertically as well as horizontally, but there is much that is uncommon about House of Leaves. It's ostensibly a horror story, but the multiple narrations and typographical tricks - including one chapter that cuts down through the middle of the book - make it as much a comment on metatextuality as a novel.
That said, the creepiness stays with you, especially the house that keeps stealthily remodelling itself: Carrie O'Grady Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop. It wasn't a problem at first: But the changes don't stop there: A curly tail, trotters and a snout are not far off. Darrieussecq's modern philosophical tale is witty, telling and hearteningly feminist. Joanna Biggs Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop. The setting is a post-apocalyptic future, long past the age of humans.
Aliens have taken on the forms of human archetypes, in an attempt to come to some understanding of human civilisation and play out the myths of the planet's far past. The novel follows Lobey, who as Orpheus embarks on a quest to bring his lover back from the dead. With lush, poetic imagery and the innovative use of mythic archetypes, Delaney brilliantly delineates the human condition. Dick's novel became the basis for the film Blade Runner, which prompted a resurgence of interest in the man and his works, but similarities film and novel are slight.
Here California is under-populated and most animals are extinct; citizens keep electric pets instead. In order to afford a real sheep and so affirm his empathy as a human being, Deckard hunts rogue androids, who lack empathy. As ever with Dick, pathos abounds and with it the inquiry into what is human and what is fake. Much imitated "alternative universe" novel by the wayward genius of the genre. The Axis has won the second world war. Imperial Japan occupies the west coast of America; more tyrannically, Nazi Germany under Martin Bormann, Hitler having died of syphilis takes over the east coast.
The Californian lifestyle adapts well to its oriental master. Germany, although on the brink of space travel and the possessor of vast tracts of Russia, is teetering on collapse. The novel is multi-plotted, its random progression determined, Dick tells us, by consultation with the Chinese I Ching.
Foucault's Pendulum followed the massive success of Eco's The Name of the Rose, and in complexity, intrigue, labyrinthine plotting and historical scope it is every bit as extravagant. Eco's tale of three Milanese publishers, who feed occult and mystic knowledge into a computer to see what invented connections are created, tapped into the worldwide love of conspiracy theories, particularly those steeped in historical confusion. As "The Plan" takes over their lives and becomes reality, the novel turns into a brilliant historical thriller of its own that inspired a similar level of obsession among fans.
Nicola Barr Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop. A woman drives around the Scottish highlands, all cleavage and lipstick, picking up well-built male hitchhikers - but there's something odd behind her thick pebble glasses Faber's first novel refreshes the elements of horror and SF in luminous, unearthly prose, building with masterly control into a page-turning existential thriller that can also be read as an allegory of animal rights. And in the character of Isserley - her curiosity, resignation, wonderment and pain - he paints an immensely affecting portrait of how it feels to be irreparably damaged and immeasurably far from home.
Determined to extricate himself from an increasingly serious relationship, graduate Nicholas Urfe takes a job as an English teacher on a small Greek island. Walking alone one day, he runs into a wealthy eccentric, Maurice Conchis, who draws him into a succession of elaborate psychological games that involve two beautiful young sisters in reenactments of Greek myths and the Nazi occupation. Appearing after The Collector, this was actually the first novel that Fowles wrote, and although it quickly became required reading for a generation, he continued to rework it for a decade after publication.
David Newnham Buy this book at the Guardian bookshop. Before long, he is embroiled in a battle between ancient and modern deities: A road trip through America's sacred places is spiced up by some troublesome encounters with Shadow's unfaithful wife, Laura. She's dead, which always makes for awkward silences.
The author of such outstanding mythical fantasies as Elidor and The Owl Service, Garner has been called "too good for grown-ups"; but the preoccupations of this young adult novel love and violence, madness and possession, the pain of relationships outgrown and the awkwardness of the outsider are not only adolescent. The three narrative strands - young lovers in the s, the chaos of thebetweenalcoholics, English civil war and soldiers going native in a Vietnam-tinged Roman Britain - circle around Mow Cop in Cheshire and an ancient axehead found there.
Dipping in and out of time, in blunt, raw dialogue, Garner creates a moving and singular novel. This classic of cyberpunk won Nebula, Hugo and Philip K Dick awards, and popularised the term "cyberspace", which the author described as "a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions".