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I never fully warmed to Glory O’Brian. I found her heartless and I don’t give characters with a ‘tragic’ past a pass on being unpleasant, especially when they go out of their way to be so.
Perhaps I came to understand her or at least sympathise a little but I failed to connect with Glory.
As a result the framing story – newly graduated Glory O’Brien facing an uncertain future - failed to grip me.
What did get me hook, line and sinker though was Glory’s own story – "The History of the Future". Apparently stricken with sudden physic abilities Glory begin to document the horrific future she sees for her, her friends and her country.
It is this ‘plot’, unravelled from her snatches of physic vision,that had me fascinated and captivated. This is a unique take on how the United States could crumble – one I haven’t read before in the myriad of dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction currently clogging the shelves.
The book raised terrifying and thought provoking ideas that I wanted to immediately discuss with friends and that hands down makes the book worth recommending for me.
As a woman, I enjoyed the feminist themes and ideas but I don’t think you have to be female to enjoy this. The issues raised can be appreciated by anyone who wants something more than a hot guy/hot girl romance from their YA literature.
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future is expertly crafted so I think you'll have a hard time not being drawn if you give it a try!
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Angst, death, parental suicide, aimless late teen, crab lice. A little reminiscent of an older Weetzie Bat, but a little blunter assessment of some hippies; and about profamily prolife, which is to say American Boko Haram. Not really an enjoyable story, ie the kind loved by critics.
I love YA, but recently I have read so many that are badly written and boring, derivative books with obvious plot lines and paper thin characters.
This book was a pleasure, a breath of fresh air. Although heavy going at times, I found glory's journey really moving. I'm so glad someone out there is producing quality YA novels like this!