Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs [ARC]

Elena has big plans for when she gets out of the foster system–she just doesn’t have any money to accomplish them. When she’s recruited for a secret mission she’s a little suspicious, but they’re offering such a big payday that she can’t NOT take it. The mission isn’t all that it seems however and Elena will find herself doubting everything that she ever thought was possible.

23536973This book had a really interesting premise. It sounded like wewere going to follow a group of kids who each have a special ability to the future and we kind of did, but it’s a whole lot less X-Men and a lot more angsty teenagers questioning their identity. Sure each of the teens have an ability, but I was actually thinking they’d have like…powers. Not so. Elena has an eidetic memory which is basically the coolest ability of the group. Basically she can remember everything she’s ever seen or heard. Then there’s a guy who’s good with electronics, one who is a really good cook, one who is just super smart in general, and then a girl who is an amazing artist. So…basically just normal stuff that makes the book a little less exciting than I thought it was going to be.

I had a really hard time getting into it myself. I didn’t really feel like the plot was driving the story forward–I didn’t find myself caring all that much how it ended. Usually when there’s like a time limit or a sense that time’s running out, that drives the story forward, but for some reason that didn’t happen for me in this case. I saw a physical copy of this book at Barnes & Noble and noticed that the chapter headings all had a time stamp–my ARC copy didn’t have that, but it may help make the story feel more urgent. I’m not really sure. The characters were fine. Sometimes Elena would annoy me, but I could still handle it. I liked how different each of the characters were from each other. They all had very distinct personalities and it was nice to be following such a tough female protagonist.

The setting was interesting…I don’t want to give anything away but there were interesting descriptions and I feel like the world was adequately described if a little unbelievable to me. Overall, I thought this book was just okay. There were some things that were kind of confusing and the whole Adam and Elena relationship just felt weird and forced to me. The ending doesn’t exactly seem believable to me but…whatever.

Overall Rating: 3
Language: Moderate
Violence: Heavy
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate
Sexual Content: Moderate

Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.