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By Donte M McNeal

Based in Michigan, Donte's Playground is a blog by Donte M McNeal. His posts range from nonsensical ramblings about anime, in-depth reviews of books and television/film, to random spurts of philosophical babble.

Elizabeth Brigg's "Future Shock"

Elizabeth Brigg's "Future Shock"

Time travel. It’s a tricky thing, isn’t it? It can be as simple, or as complicated as one wants, and yet, I don’t come across many stories that utilize it effectively. It’s either utterly unbelievable, or overly confusing how things can (and do) happen. That’s why I tend to stay away from stories that deal with time travel. I’m glad I didn’t when it came to Elizabeth Brigg’s Future Shock.

Time travel. It’s a tricky thing, isn’t it? It can be as simple, or as complicated as one wants, and yet, I don’t come across many stories that utilize it effectively. It’s either utterly unbelievable, or overly confusing how things can (and do) happen. That’s why I tend to stay away from stories that deal with time travel. I’m glad I didn’t when it came to Elizabeth Brigg’s Future Shock.

Future Shock is about Elena, Adam, Zoe, Trent and Chris, a group of a foster kids tasked with heading ten years into the future to ascertain what has changed in regard to society and technology. Of course, things go wrong, because of course they do. Our mc, Elena Martinez, who is a refreshingly believable character who happens to have an eidetic memory (each of these kids have some sort of talent that aids in their task) discovers that once they get to the future, thirty years into the future rather than ten, that they have all been murdered, and so the race against the clock to figure out what happened without losing their minds begins.

Future Shock is rooted in the murder mystery, and yet it is a fast paced read. I never felt the need to skim or skip sections; the characters are interesting enough, well at least Elena and Adam are. The remaining three in the group, Zoe, Trent and Chris don’t really seem all that fleshed out, but were entertaining characters nonetheless, but I do wish they had been more layered like Elena and Adam were. The mystery unfolds in a way that had me thinking I knew how everything would go down, but Briggs does an excellent job in keeping you on your toes. I thought I was right in certain areas, only to find out I was way off the mark. Figuring out the who-dun-it is one of the best parts of mystery novels, but realizing that your guesses are off can be just as fun.

While it wasn’t amazing, I liked Future Shock, mainly due to Elena. There’s just something about tough as nails characters that I can’t get enough of. Though, the romance between Elena and Adam fell kind of flat for me, but that’s probably because my bar for romance in books is really high. Other than that, the action was good, the mystery engaging, and the technology presented was interesting. Overall, it was an enjoyable book.

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