- File Size: 1081 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Interrobang Books (February 5, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I9NHBRU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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And now for an aside not exactly related to the story but to the ebook itself:
Originally, I only gave this book three stars, because a formatting bug made the book unreadable on my device of choice (an older Kindle with the keyboard). The bug chopped off the last few characters of every line of text, but only on the aforementioned Kindle. The Kindle Android app displayed the book fine, and I was able to read the book with minimal problems there, so I docked the book one star for the bug.
Well, to make a not-short story not-long, I managed to get in touch with the author via Google+, had a little back-and-forth detailing the bug, and she got on the ball, and BAM! the bug is fixed. I had to re-download the book, but now it displays correctly both on my old Kindle and on the app. So, for LJ Cohen being generally awesome about this: five stars.
When he sees a future event for a girl, Amara, he's desperate to stop what he sees happening to her, but everything he does seems to push her closer to the disaster rather than away.
That's a lot of weight on a 17-year-old boy in the foster car system. When he meets Amara's grandmother, Rose, he's baffled by her ability to see the future like he does, but with far less detail--she only gets a fortune teller's vague visions. One thing Rose can teach Matt is how to read the clues of what leads to an event. Maybe that little bit of foretelling will help Matt control his visions.
Future Tense is an absorbing YA read (adult language warning). Matt is a good kid. We readers are rooting for him throughout. We also hope he gets the girl and learns how to use those Tarot cards.
My only complaint, and it's small, is that I felt too much time was spent in Matt's head. While he's tortured by re-runs of events he saw but could not prevent, we readers don't need to go through them every time. Yes, we know what the smell of smoke means after the first three or four mentions. Leave the fifth through umpteenth in Matt's head and show us what's happening to him in the moment. The action is well-done and easy to visualize.
Like YA paranormals with tortured teens trying to overcome obstacles? You'll like Future Tense. The end is satisfying, but does allow for additional books in the series. I'd love to see Matt learn to control his visions and begin to use them for good.
LJ Cohen creates characters and worlds that vibrate with life around me. I slip right into her storytelling, and I always remember exactly where I was when picking the book up again. I cannot say that of many books.
My verdict? I loved the book. I want to meet all of these characters again. I want to see them develop.
Disclosure: I was given my copy of this book by the author as a review copy.
Suspense, crime, and visions of the future combine to create a good story in this coming of age book about trying to do the right thing.
His parents died in a fire he could not stop, 10 years ago. Now he is trying to keep more people he knows from dying. If he could stop seeing things, he would. The visions are worse then anything could ever be, and pretty soon, he can get out of the foster care system. He just needs to stay out of trouble, which appears to be impossible this year.
I really liked this story. I like the way the author was able to explain the visions the hero has. I was glad to see adults take up the side of a good kid, who appears to turn troublesome. This coming of age story gives a good two-sided view of how life can go topsy-turvey, when someone is really trying to do the right thing.
LJ Cohen writes because teens and young adults need books to read. The better those books are, the more they want to read them. This is one of the best.
I recommend this book to teens, young adults, and other readers that enjoy a good book. It is a coming of age story, that might help the reader understand that not every wrong thing a teenager does is necessarily wrong. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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