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Sci-Fi YA Audiobook Review: Future Threat by Elizabeth Briggs

Future Threat by Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock #2)

audiocopy courtesy of Audible Studios

Synopsis from Goodreads
Six months ago Aether Corporation sent Elena, Adam, and three other recruits on a trip to the future where they brought back secret information--but not everyone made it back to the present alive. Now Elena's dealing with her survivor's guilt and trying to make her relationship with Adam work. All she knows for sure is that she's done with time travel and Aether Corporation.

But Aether's not done with her--or Adam, or fellow survivor Chris. The travelers on Aether's latest mission to the future have gone missing, and Elena and her friends are drafted into the rescue effort. They arrive in a future that's amazingly advanced, thanks to Aether Corporation's reverse-engineered technology. The mission has deadly consequences, though, and they return to the future to try to alter the course of events.

But the future is different yet again. Now every trip through time reveals new complications, and more lives lost--or never born. Elena and Adam must risk everything--including their relationship--to save their friends.

The second book in the New York Times bestselling Future Shock trilogy.

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Surprisingly, Elizabeth Briggs did not suffer from the dreaded second book syndrome. In fact, Future Threat is even better than Future Shock. It's pretty non-stop action, breathless and tense.

Six months after their return Chris, Elena and Adam get on with their lives when Aether Corporation forces them to do them a favour. To be left alone for the rest of their lives and to be paid handsomely they are coerced to go back to the future and retrieve a new team which has gone awol.

Not surprisingly, everything goes tits up, someone ends up dead. In shock and facing their worst fears, the travellers are trying to return and fix their mistakes.

They fail. Again and again. And every time, the future twists into a darker version of itself while their window of opportunity narrows to an almost non-existent last chance.

I really liked how different the versions of future were depending on their previous choices. I also enjoyed the addition of the new secondary characters. They were crackers!

Adam and Elene made for a cute couple, but their involvement never overwhelmed the plot. I found their struggles with each other pretty realistic as well.

And I adored Chris! Pity he had so little airtime, but maybe next time?

Overall, solid, enjoyable sci-fi YA. Very well-written and superbly narrated on audio. Recommended.

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На удивление, Элизабет Бриггз удалось избежать мучительного синдрома второй книги серии. Вместо этого, Будущая Угроза вышла лучше Будущего Шока. Практически, нон-стоп экшн, напряжённый и не переводящий дыхание.

Шесть месяцев спустя миссии, Крис, Елена и Адам возвращаются к нормальной жизни, однако Корпорация Эфир никак не оставляет их в покое. Их заставляют вернуться в будущее, чтобы найти и вернуть исчезнувшую новую команду путешественников в обмен на на то, чтобы о них наконец-то забыли и больше их не трогали.

Не сюрприз, что всё летит к чертям и один из них погибает. В полном шоке, но полные решимости переписать свои ошибки, команда возвращается в будущее. И их миссия проваливается вновь и вновь. И с каждым разом будущее всё хуже и хуже, и времени на то, чтобы его исправить всё меньше и меньше.

Мне очень понравилось то, что в зависимости от влияния на на ребят происходящего, варианты будущего менялись так кардинально. Добавление новых красочных второстепенных персонажей тоже пошло сюжету на пользу.

Адам и Елена были симпатичной парой, однако их отношения не забивали сюжет, а были его маленькой частью. Их трудности друг с другом были довольно реалистичными.

Крис - тоже оказался колоритным героем и мне хотелось, чтобы ему выделили более активную роль. Может, в следующей книге?

В общем, книга на твёрдую четвёрку. Качественная история и очень хороший рассказчик на аудио. Рекомендую.

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