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 thirty years 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.
FUTURE SHOCK has already received some great pre-pub reviews from Kirkus who wrote:
The author refreshingly swaps teen-lit gender stereotypes in the […] romance: she’s the edgy, brooding girl with the heart of gold, and he’s the adorable, inexperienced good guy.
And Publishers Weekly, which praised it saying:
Briggs crafts a tense tale of predestination and paranoia, fleshed out with a diverse cast and an intriguing premise.
School Library Journal said it was:
“an entertaining science fiction murder mystery that… should appeal to James Patterson fans along with readers of Michael Grant’s “Gone” series.”
And the Happily Ever After blog on USA Today called FUTURE SHOCK:
suspenseful, engaging and highly recommended for fans of YA romance, time-travel romance and sci-fi romance.
I recommend taking a look at Liz’s post on Diversity in YA as to why this story, science fiction as it may be, is grounded in harsh reality.