The Compulsive Reader: Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King

Glory O’Brien is graduating from high school, and unlike her classmates, she has no idea what’s next. Both Glory and her father have been in a sort of stasis, unable to move on since the suicide of Glory’s mother fourteen years earlier. Glory’s feminist beliefs tend to ostracize her at school, and her only friend, Ellie, is self-centered heading in a different direction in life. When the girls drink the mummified remains of a bat one night, they start receiving transmissions from every person they look at, seeing their pasts and their terrifying futures.

While the premise is not the weirdest thing King has come up with, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future commands attention. The transmissions that Glory and Ellie receive are equally fascinating and chilling, and the future that Glory tells takes over the entire novel. Glory’s voice is funny, emotionally-charged, and insistent, but she’s a bit lost. Her exploration of a future where society is dismantled not by bombs or wars, but by refusing women equal rights, causes Glory to take a closer look at how she interacts with people in her life. King does a great job at showing connections between people across time and generations, a good reminder that every decision and action has a consequence that we can’t always see. King’s newest book is, as always, memorable and unique.

Cover Comments: A.S. King always wins the good cover lottery. I like the black and yellow, and I love the title font. This is a fantastic and attention-grabbing cover.

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