I loved this book. The concept is different and a little offbeat, and Glory is an utterly winning heroine. I thoroughly enjoyed her journey of self-discovery, spurred by her graduation and visions of the future, brought on after drinking a petrified bat. King's potential future is fascinating, and frighteningly relevant. As Glory struggled with old wounds, friend troubles, and the whole seeing the future thing, this book crept up on me and made me fall in love with it.
After she and her friend drink the petrified bat (don't ask, it's fine), Glory finds herself able to see the future, and what she sees is a vicious Civil War where women are commodities. Yet she also sees a fierce woman fighting back, leading a resistance. Glory is a heroine I need today. She must choose between hope and despair, between giving up and fighting back. She must accept herself and whatever the future may bring - but that doesn't mean she needs to stand down and let it wash over her. Glory has to chose to live, to survive, to fight. And I need that message so much right now. Read this. Resist. Don't give up.
In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last--a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more. 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.
About the Author
A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed books Glory O'Brien's History of the Future;Reality Boy; Ask the Passengers, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner; Everybody Sees the Ants; and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor book Please Ignore Vera Dietz. She lives in Pennsylvania.
"Wickedly clever...a genre-busting battlefield of a book."
—Bestselling author Rick Yancey for The New York Times
* "This beautifully strange, entirely memorable book will stay with readers."
—School Library Journal, starred review
*"Not only thoroughly original but also uniquely compelling and deeply memorable."
—Horn Book, starred review
* "A novel full of provocative ideas and sharply observed thoughts about the pressures society places on teenagers, especially girls."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "An indictment of our times with a soupçon of magical realism.... Will inspire a new wave of activists."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "King performs an impressive balancing act here, juggling the magic realism of Glory's visions with her starkly realistic struggle.... [A] powerful, moving, and compellingly complex coming-of-age story."
—Booklist, starred review
* "King continues to be one of the most original (yet accessible) YA writers today, and the magical realism element accentuates the humanity of the narrative."
—The Bulletin, starred review
"This book reminds you to get scared. It reminds you that battles fought aren't always won, that history repeats itself, that what we take for granted can easily be dismantled."
—"Birthday by Birthday, a Starter Library for Young Feminists" --BNTeenblog
"You won't be able to put down this futuristic story about a girl who starts having visions of both the past and the future-in which she sees an end to women's rights and a civil war between sexes."
"The characters will stay with readers long after they finish the novel....Highly recommended."
"Glory is a wry, occasionally acerbic narrator, exhibiting the balance of truth-telling and blindness so common to smart teens. In trademark King style, the chapters alternate between daily life and troubled future, despair and humor, rage and acceptance."