When thinking about Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King, one finds it hard to put it into just one definite genre. It is an intricate cross between a contemporary, finding yourself story, as well as hints towards a dystopian society. If I were to compare this novel to a similar young adult book the first thing that comes to mind is both We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and The Program by Suzanne Young. Both two very different novels but when putting those concepts together you get this book.
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future is about a girl named Glory who is just about to graduate from high school. When she was little her mom committed suicide and Glory has always wondered if she would go the same way. Then one night, her best friend Ellie and Glory try something very daring and it ends up changing both of them, for better and for worse. Glory can now look at anyone and see their infinite past and their future, from their ancestors to their decedents 50 years from now. She uses this knowledge the write about an upcoming civil war basing around women’s rights. She may not see a future for herself but she is determined to break apart this future one vision at a time.
The beginning was a tad slow and a bit gloomy hearing about her moms suicide and what that has done to Glory, her father and the others in her life. However, this world was deeply woven and intricate which it makes up for it. The plot was well thought out and every scene had a reason to be where it was and why. I loved Glory’s sarcastic humour as well as A.S. King’s dramatic but realistic writing style. The thing I loved most about this novel was that it was so realistic. A civil war like the one in the novel could happen, so to see it played out in front of you in such detail is frightening!
If you are always becoming frustrated with authors ending a book or series without wrapping everything up then this is the book for you! Since Glory writes about the future you get to know everything that will happen to her and all the other characters you grow to care about or hate by the end of this novel. I found this to be a strange twist especially in a young adult novel but left me feeling satisfied with how the book ended.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and would recommend to teens and adults who are looking for a story with a bit of everything. I think I would have enjoyed the novel more if I knew more about cameras, as photography was a major part in this story. It is still well explained, but to have some of my own knowledge might have made the camera references make more sense and seem more worthwhile.
All in all it was fairly fast paced and although it wasn’t my favourite book I am glad I got a chance to read it. I am hoping to read more of A.S. Kings works in the future as this book was enjoyable and left me wanting a sequel to a story I already knew the ending too.
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