Series: Future Shock #2
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Pages: 272 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Source: For Review
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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.
I was very excited about Future Threat, because the first book was so much fun! Well, this sequel is good, but it was missing connection for me. Elena, Adam, and Chris have been going about their lives for the past six months. It hasn’t been easy, particularly because Elena is suffering from PTSD and her eidetic memory is making the flashbacks worse. But then Aether Corp sucks them back in. They swear this will be the last time that they send the teens into the future, but when things go wrong, Elena finds herself begging to be sent back again.
Where Future Threat lost me was the reasoning behind the plot. Elena and Company are being sent thirty years into the future to recover another group of teens who were sent to the future but didn’t come back. That’s all well and good, but their only reason for going was to get Aether Corp to agree to stay out of their lives forever. Once there, their main objective is to get one of the scientists’ son back, but like I said, things go wrong. They come back to the present and then want to go back again to rescue Ken and *beep*. Who the heck is Ken? I don’t really know Ken or care, and why should they risk their lives for him? Then they also have to rescue some other new character that I didn’t care about. I was given no reason to care about why Elena was risking her life and her future.
There is a lot more time travel in Future Threat, and we get to see multiple different futures. But like I said, I wasn’t given a reason to care. Elena and everyone had their reasons for going back the first time, but after that, it felt just like a way to keep the time travel aspect going. It does end on a cliffhanger though, and I want to know what comes next!