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Future Threat (Future Shock) Hardcover – March 1, 2017
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Named as one of the 2017 YA Buzz Books by Publisher's Weekly!
"Contemporary readers will be teleported with delight into this Back to the Future-esque spy thriller. Move this one to the "buy" pile." - School Library Journal
"Elena's PTSD and anxiety are poignant and chilling, bringing a realistic human element to the sci-fi world of time travel. Briggs incorporates suspense and thrilling adventure, creating a gripping sequel." - Booklist
"Briggs raises the stakes in this entry, showing Elena and Adam exactly how beautiful their future could be if they fight for it. A quick and satisfying middle volume." - Kirkus Reviews
- Lexile measure : HL730L
- Grade level : 8 - 12
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0807526843
- ISBN-13 : 978-0807526842
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Reading level : 13 - 18 years
- Publisher : Albert Whitman & Company (March 1, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,808,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Six months after traveling to the future, Elena and Adam have settled into college and into dating. Then the organization forces them to travel back to the future to rescue a team that has gone missing — as if it wasn’t dangerous enough the first time.
Future Threat was a pretty interesting story. When the characters go back to the future, choices they made in the past have changed the future into something new. That brings the characters to ask several questions: do I like this future? Do I want to change it? What happens if I accidentally change it if I want to keep it? They try to find the answers to these questions and to change their mistakes as they race thought time to find the other team and prevent any deaths.
This book was quite the thrilling story too. The characters not only have to face the complications of time travel, they also have to fight against known and unknown enemies who are trying to kill them. It was pretty cool.
The only thing I didn’t appreciate about the book, and it is a personal preference, was that it wasn’t entirely clean. It is a teen book, though some of it I would have preferred to be put into an adult novel rather than a teen one.
Still, it was an enjoyable story and I give it 4 stars.
I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own, and I was not obligated to give a positive review.
I had been waiting for FUTURE THREAT since I had turned the last page from book one, FUTURE SHOCK, which had been one of my favourite books from 2016. My expectations were beyond sky-high, and believe it or not, they were met tenfold! FUTURE THREAT is phenomenal! The new characters are just as fabulous as our old friends, they all have their own voice, the cast is multiethnic, which is so refreshing and not one stereotype in sight. I loved Elena even more the second time around: I identify with her, I want to be her! She is loyal, eager to act, and will do what it takes to succeed, even at her own peril. Elena Martinez has become my favourite fictional heroine. For those who had missed the amazing first book, fear not, you will be able to follow with a problem, as Ms. Briggs recaps succinctly and clearly what happened previously, but I would recommend you treat yourself to FUTURE SHOCK nonetheless to enhance your reading experience, because these types of books seldom happen.
The time travel aspect is even more riveting in FUTURE THREAT, as Elena and her friends go back again thirty years into the future. Not everything is exactly the same, and again Elizabeth Briggs nailed everything. The action starts early on, and sit tight for the ride of your life! The dialogues are spot-on, the action breathtaking, the writing seamless; the author becomes invisible and morphs with Elena. I just cannot believe how creative Ms. Briggs is, and I think her numerous plot twists would keep some authors in business for years. Ms. Briggs’ storytelling skills are such that never attempted to guess where it was all going, because I would have been wrong every single time. A bit past the halfway mark, I thought I would burst with excitement because, in my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have possibly wished myself what happened. Yet, amidst the death, the destruction, and the bitter deceptions, beautiful relationships bloom.
I am not precisely a lover of time travel stories, because I always feel something is off, but Ms. Briggs demonstrates her absolute mastery of the trope: FUTURE THREAT is the best time travel novel I have ever read, bar none! And there will be a third book! Be still my heart!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Elena is not dealing with the present very well. On the surface her life seems perfect: she’s going to school, living in her own apartment, and in a steady relationship with Adam. But inside, she’s still dealing with what happened six months ago. She’s filled with guilt over the loss of her two friends, and she’s still horrified at the murder she had to commit to keep the rest of them alive. She’s just waiting for Adam to leave her–like everyone else in her life—so she pushes him away. Plus, Aether has been keeping tabs on the three survivors, and Elena can’t figure out why.
Well, as it soon comes out, Aether needs the remaining team to head back to the future in order to save another team gone missing. Once there Elena, Adam, and Chris discover there’s more going on than a simple extraction of missing persons. This time around, the team discovers just how much their actions (or inactions) can affect the world.
Future Threat hit its stride as far as tackling the whole time-travel concept. It expanded so much on what was started in Future Shock and added so many layers and possibilities. I would say none of the concepts were completely shocking but the way Elizabeth Briggs presents the timeline is clear and easily accessible to those who are maybe less familiar with time-travel reading.
The feeling of the ticking clock is amped up in Future Threat as the group has less time to find the other team. In the first book, they were in the future for 24 hours. Here there’s only a hand-full, so this limited time frame really drives the story forward and makes it easy to read through very quickly.
I’d say the only issue I had was, unfortunately, with Elena. Who, when not being the smart-thinking woman we know her to be, was berating herself for having failed everyone by not being able to predict the future (ha ha). I grew tired of it very quickly. And the fact that this causes her to push Adam away kept me from being able to care about their relationship, which is a problem because a lot in the story revolves around their relationship.
As stated above, I really liked the way Elizabeth Briggs handles the future timeline. Expanding upon this is the idea/message that all of our actions have reactions or consequences. The smallest change in one timeline can have a major effect on another. I loved that these ideas were introduced in this book and I look forward to seeing how these are further built upon in the last installment in the trilogy. I loved that this story has a clear ending, no cliffhangers, but you can definitely see where the conflicts might crop up next.