Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

Title: Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
Author: A.S. King
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Little Brown, Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC for Review
Rating: 2/5


Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities—but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way...until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.


Immediately after hearing about Glory O'Brien's History of the Future I was intrigued, because of it unique sounding premise and because A.S.King wrote it and I had heard amazing things about her books previously. Unfortunately the only thing I can say I liked about Glory O'Brien's History of the future was it's premise, this book wasn't for me for a variety of reasons.

When I first started the book I was liking A.S.King's very distinctive writing style, but not far into the book that turned into dislike. Her writing is good, any many people may appreciate her style, but for me I think it was a bit too much metaphorical and dense, I just couldn't get into it. My dislike for the writing could have something to do with the fact that I hated the main character, Glory, and all the other characters in fact as well, I didn't enjoy reading the story through her narration. She spent way too much time obsessing over the death of her mother, pretty much on every page, who died 13 years ago and whom she doesn't remember much and hating on her "best friend" As for the rest of the characters they just didn't seem "real", their dialogue did not appear in a way that real people would act and speak.

As for the plot I found it too be very odd, I mean they drink a dead bat and gain powers to see the past and the future. The horrible events that Glory sees happening in the future are hard to piece together to fully understand what will happen and in the end what she sees and what she will do to try and stop it doesn't amount for much. 

I don't know if I misunderstood the Glory O'Brien's History of the Future but this book was not for me. With a odd plot that doesn't go anywhere in terms of seeing the past and the future and obsessive fake characters I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone unless they are already a fan of A.S.King and expect and enjoy these aspects to her books. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future was more of a coming of age novel with heavy feminism aspects then a book about seeing and changing the imminent future. 


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