Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2014)
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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 anything to make sure this one doesn't come to pass.Dear Glory O'Brien's History of the Future,
Holy moly! Your name is gargantuan! So I'm just going to call you Glory from here on out, kay? Anyways, you were my very first A.S. King novel, and I was really excited about you, because your author is pretty much a big deal in the world of YA. I was curious to see what the fuss was all about. I'm happy to say that you were a very enlightening read, and one that I was riveted to as well.
Your main character's, Glory O'Brien, mother killed herself when she was younger, and ever since, Glory has pretty much destined herself to the same fate. She has no idea what she wants to do with life, or if she even belongs, until the day that she starts seeing visions of the future every time she looks at someone, which ultimately ends up changing everything.
I'll admit, you have some tough issues inside your pages, Glory. There's mentions of sex, STD's, suicide, some cussing, and (gasp) feminism, but these are all very real issues in our day and age. They were all needed inside your pages, but I'll admit maybe you might be a bit much for some of the younger crowd. But the fact that your character is so much a feminist really made me excited. It's not very often that I come across a book that talks about women's rights as much as you, and I LOVED that fact about you. Bravo to your author! Seriously. Standing ovation.
But back to your characters. Glory is a little bit different, but not in a bad way. I liked that she was stand-offish to most people, because I'm the same way, and her best friend was kind of like one I had back in the day. You know they aren't a very good friend, but you keep hanging out with them anyways. I totally got that. I wish Glory would've had a better relationship with her dad though. I know her mother's death kind of drove a hole in both of their lives, but I was happy to see them get closer with each page I turned.
Now, the visions that Glory sees are addicting. I'm not sure if that's the right word, but I looked forward to those parts the most. They were frightening, and something that I could see happening. I don't think I would've been able to handle seeing all of those visions as well as Glory did though.
All in all, I think you are a fabulous read, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future. You were different, in a good way, and stand out from the crowd. I don't think you're a book that I would read again, but I did enjoy you quite a bit. I would think that readers of Andrew Smith would really love you, though. Your writing was in the same vein. Four stars to you, Glory!
Pondering the Future,