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Future Shock

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Future Shock

A remarkable teen with a photographic memory must alter a dark future she has seen with her own eyes in this "cyberpunk tour de force thrill ride" (VOYA).
Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life—or so she thinks. But 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 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 memory, street smarts, and a growing trust in Adam to save her new friends—and herself.
Hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a tense tale of predestination and paranoia, fleshed out with a diverse cast and an intriguing premise," Future Shock is an ingenious story by Elizabeth Briggs, author of the popular Chasing the Dream series. Briggs combines time-travel science fiction, murder mystery, romance, and page-turning suspense in an electrifying adventure that devoted fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner series will eagerly devour.

A remarkable teen with a photographic memory must alter a dark future she has seen with her own eyes in this "cyberpunk tour de force thrill ride" (VOYA).
Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life—or so she thinks. But 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 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 memory, street smarts, and a growing trust in Adam to save her new friends—and herself.
Hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a tense tale of predestination and paranoia, fleshed out with a diverse cast and an intriguing premise," Future Shock is an ingenious story by Elizabeth Briggs, author of the popular Chasing the Dream series. Briggs combines time-travel science fiction, murder mystery, romance, and page-turning suspense in an electrifying adventure that devoted fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Maze Runner series will eagerly devour.

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  • Elizabeth Briggs graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology. She mentors teens in writing and is the author of the new adult Chasing the Dream series. She lives in L.A. with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs. This is her first young adult novel.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 25, 2016
    A young woman travels to the future in this temporal thriller, a series opener and Briggs’s (the Chasing the Dream series) first book for teens. Due to the eidetic memory 17-year-old Elena Martinez has kept hidden all her life, she is selected by the powerful Aether Corporation to join several other talented teens on a trip 10 years into the future as part of a time-travel experiment. When they overshoot their mark by two decades, they spend a harrowing day eluding authorities and coping with radical changes in society and technology. After Elena and her erstwhile allies learn that most of their group is fated to die just after their return, they work to discover the truth behind their mission and their perhaps-inevitable dooms. Briggs crafts a tense tale of predestination and paranoia, fleshed out with a diverse cast and an intriguing premise. While the author concentrates more on worldbuilding and plot twists than on her characters, leaving several of the protagonists underdeveloped, the overall presentation is solidly entertaining. Ages 13–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary.

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