Sunday, March 25, 2018

ARC #Review - Future Lost by Elizabeth Briggs #YALit #Science #Fiction

Series: Future Shock # 3
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction

It’s been a year since Elena Martinez and her boyfriend Adam first got involved with Aether Corporation, and they’re trying to move on with their lives. But when Adam goes missing, Elena realizes that he’s done the unthinkable: he went to Aether for help developing his cure for cancer. Adam betrayed her trust and has traveled into the future, but he didn’t come back when he was supposed to. Desperate to find him, Elena decides to risk future shock, and time travels one more time. This future is nothing like they’ve seen before. Someone has weaponized Adam’s cure and created a dangerous pandemic, leading to the destruction of civilization. If Elena can’t find Adam and stop this, everyone is at risk. And someone will do anything to keep her from succeeding.

Future Lost, by author Elizabeth Briggs, is the third and final installment in the author's Future Shock trilogy. Elena Martinez thought she was done with time traveling, Aether Corp., and Project Chronos. She thought she and Adam could finally settle down and live an ordinary life. Well, not so ordinary when Adam is supposed to be the one whose Genicote will eventually cure cancer if it doesn't kill people who don't have the dreaded disease first.  

Genicote has become Adam's obsession to the point where it has become an addiction which leads to him doing really stupid things and hoping Elena won't figure out what really happened. Elena always knows when something is wrong. She's been to the future 4 times. She has seen 4 different paths her life might take. She has lost friends (Trent & Zoe) and she has made new friends with Zahra, Paige, and Ken who were Team Echo. Does she always make the right choices? No, but what's the fun of having a character who is perfect all the time?

When Adam goes missing, Elena realizes that he’s done the unthinkable: he went to Aether, Vincent Sharp, for help developing his cure for cancer. The same Vincent who promised that Elena's slate was clean and they wouldn't be used by Aether again. Adam, however, persuades Vincent to send him to the future so he can figure out how to make his genicote safe. Adam betrayed her trust and has traveled into the future. 

But, after not returning when he was supposed to, Elena decides to risk future shock, and time travels one more time into the future. This future is nothing like they’ve seen before. The future has literally become a dystopian nightmare with infected people acting like zombies. Here there are infected cities, & militias, & quarantine zones. Here Elena learns from future Paige that Adams's so called cure has been turned into a nightmare called the Black Friday Virus.

I won't mention those who were responsible for the virus release or what happens to certain characters in this dystopian future. You can find out for yourselves by reading the book. As the global pandemic spread, some people have found that they are immune to the virus. But, if Elena can’t find Adam and stop this pandemic from happening, everyone is at risk. For readers, this means a whole helluva lot of time traveling from various points in the future and the present. Literally, ever other part is either from the present, or the future.

This means that Elena has to once again put her life on the line because Adam does things that you want to kick him in the balls for and leave him on the side of the road. But, for the first time, Elena realizes she's not a superwoman who can do everything all at once. She needs her friends. She also needs to be able to trust Adam won't continue to betray her and go out and cause even more problems. I'm going to explain my rating briefly. It's all about the ending. An ending that left me barely able to write a review, let alone express my opinion over how the author ends this series. Let's just say that beware reader for surprising and shocking twists!

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