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Time Travel YA Audiobook Review: Future Shock by ELizabeth Briggs

Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock #1)

audio copy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
What do you do when the future is too late, and the present is counting down to an inevitable moment?

Elena Martinez has street smarts, the ability for perfect recall, and a deadline: if she doesn’t find a job before she turns eighteen, she’ll be homeless. But then she gets an unexpected offer from Aether Corporation, the powerful Los Angeles tech giant. Along with four other recruits—Adam, Chris, Trent, and Zoe—Elena is being sent on a secret mission to bring back data from the future. All they have to do is get Aether the information they need, and the five of them will be set for life. It’s an offer Elena can’t refuse.

But something goes wrong when the time travelers arrive in the future. And they are forced to break the only rule they were given—not to 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—and a murder—from happening. But changing the timeline has deadly consequences too. Who can Elena trust as she fights to save her life?

The first book in an unforgettable series about rewriting your destiny in the city of dreams.

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 Really good read/listen, ladies and gentlemen.

Elena has an eidetic memory, no job prospects because no one wants to hire young inexperienced Mexicans even to a sh*tty restaurant, and only two months before she is forced to the streets from her foster home.  And all she wants is a decent future. A university degree, a job as a social worker, that sort of thing... Then comes an offer she can't refuse - a ridiculous amount of money for one day of work in a confidential, super secret project in a powerful corporation.

Saying yes means meeting another 4 participants with their unique talents - Trent with his lockpicks, a mechanic, Chris, a young genius, Adam and an incredible artist, Zoe, who can draw from memory in minute detail. Saying yes means going into the future for 24 hours and reporting back everything they would see or hear or do.

There are only two rules: get back to the portal in time and do not look up what would happen in your own future. *smirks* We are talking about a bunch of 17-year old! When do they ever follow rules?

Things go wrong from the very beginning in a futuristic city of Los Angeles. The team is forced to look into their future, and what they find shocks them to the core. Only one of them survives, another one is a killer, and now they need to solve the puzzle: what goes wrong when they go back into their present? What do they need to do to change their future?

It's a well-paced, entertaining sci-fi thriller, which will keep you on your toes and wouldn't let your mind wander. The characters are done well, the future is clever and intriguing and believable, and I enjoyed listening to this audiobook very much. Quite looking forward to the next in the series, and easily recommend Future Shock in any format.

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Очень хорошая книга, неважно будете ли вы её читать или слушать.

Элана обладает эйдетической памятью и доживает последние 2 месяца в фостер-доме в полной панике. Она никак не может найти работу перед тем как её вышвырнут на улицу в 18 лет, так как никто не хочет нанимать молодую, неопытную мексиканку... Всё, чего она отчаянно хочет - это нормальное будущее - колледж, работа в сфере социальных проблем, семья. И внезапно она получает предложение, от которого невозможно отказаться - день работы в сверх-секретном проекте от известной корпорации за кучу денег.

Элану знакомят с её командой - четырьмя подростками того же, что и она возраста, со своими специфическими талантами. Трент знает как взламывать замки, Крис - хороший механик, Зоуи - необычайно талантливый художник, кторый с точностью воспроизводит на бумаге всё, на что она когда-то мельком взглянула, а Адам... Адам - самый настоящий гений.  Всё, что от пятёрки требуется - это провести 24 часа в будущем, куда их отправит корпорация и проект "Кронос", из него вернуться вовремя и обо всём рассказать. После многочисленных медицинских тестов, команду отправляют на 10 лет вперед.

Или нет? По выходу из машины, всё катится к чертям. Команда прыгнула на 30 лет вперёд, где их никто не ждёт. Технология настолько продвинута, что их деньги и образы недействительны, и единственный, кого узнаёт компьютерная система - это Адам.

Так что пятеро нарушают главное правило проекта - не смотреть, что произойдёт с ними в будущем, и узнают, что все они умрут по возращению при таинственных обстаятельствах. Все, кроме Адама. Естественно, остальная часть сюжета - это погоня за следами расследования в собственную смерть, чтобы её предотвратить.

Книга - необычная, не загруженная элементами научной фантастики, и читается очень легко. Акцент здесь на сюжете и развитии характеров, действие движется очень быстро и увлекательно. Мне ну очень понравилось, и в следующий раз за книгу Элизабет Бриггз я возьмусь без колебаний.

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