Saturday, March 11, 2017

#Saturday Review - Future Threat by Elizabeth Briggs #YALit #Science Fiction @lizwrites @AlbertWhitman

Series: Future Shock # 2
Format: E-Galley, 272 pages
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Publisher: AW Teen
Source: Publisher
Genre: YA, Science Fiction

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.

Future Threat is the second installment in author Elizabeth Briggs Future Shock trilogy. As the story opens, it has been (6) months since protagonist Elena Martinez was part of a research project called Project Chronos that sent a group of teenagers into the future 30 years in order to collect future technology. In those six months, Elena found a niche to fall into. 

She's going to college, she is in a relationship with Adam O'Neill, the boy who will one day discover for a cure for cancer, and her own personal demons, Aether Corporation, has stuck by their agreement and left Elena and the remaining members of Team Delta alone. For her friend Chris, that means that he has had time to be with his girlfriend who is expecting their first son any day. How quickly things change. 

Aether once again drags Elena, Chris, and Adam (formerly Team Delta) back into the fold after one of their newest teams, Team Echo, fails to return from the future. Given absolutely no option but to do what they are told, Elena and team once again find themselves 30 years in to the future. This time, things have drastically changed since the last time they were here. Things are more advanced, and some interesting twists have happened since there were there last.

For Elena, who has perfect memory recall, this trip to the future will test her in every possible way imaginable, including her relationship with Adam. As Elena & team track down Team Echo, Ken, Zahra, Paige, & Jeremy, they encounter some troubling aspects that lead them to find a way to prevent even more troubling effects from happening in the future.

I love the fact that Briggs doesn't leave readers in a lurch. She concisely summarizes what happened in the previous novel, but also gives Elena realistic issues like flashbacks, and nightmares to deal with. We see her struggling to come to terms with her relationship that has grown leaps and bounds over the past 6 months. And yet, she still believes that she somehow isn't worthy of being loved after what happened in the past. 

We also see an Elena that is suffering from survivors guilt knowing that she survived when others weren't so lucky. One could say that this story is Elena's way of making things right for what she believes is her fault. It may put a heavy load of responsibility on her back, but she isn't going to leave anyone behind, no matter how much they desire otherwise.

The ending has left me with a bitter taste in my mouth, but not because of anything that the author did. No, this book is a fantastic ride with a really fascinating storyline, and twists that will keep you guessing right until the ending. Rather it's because of what certain characters do behind Elena's back that has now forced her to rethink things. With one more book in the series to come, I dare say that I am hopeful of more Chris, and yes, even more of Team Echo who has become some of the more interesting characters you will read about. 

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