Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King

by:  A.S. King
published by:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
publish date:  October 14, 2014

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities — but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way... until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

I've read several A.S. King books and I've liked them all.  This one was no exception.  My very first thought, was that I really like the cover, but there's a discussion on GoodReads about how this stock image has been used for the cover of several other books so that kinda ruins it a little bit!  

Glory's mother commits suicide when Glory is 4 years old.  As a consequence, Glory and her father seem to be living in a state of stunned mourning until her Senior year of high school.  On a crazy night Glory and her friend Ellie drink a bat and nothing is the same after that.  Both girls become gifted with the ability to see into anyone's past or future.  Glory begins finding out about a terrible future and the fate of her family.  She also begins to unravel the mystery of her mother.  

While there were some issues with this book, overall I liked it.  I thought Glory was overly harsh to her friend Ellie.  I kept wondering why she was friends with her in the first place and if she didn't want to be friends with her, why she didn't just move on.  I had a little bit of trouble envisioning a future where Americans had to resort to living in trees, but I guess you never know.  

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