Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
This unique story shows off King’s skills as a writer of unusual protagonists who find themselves in ever more bizarre life circumstances. Glory is about to graduate from high school, but has no real plan since she’s been shut off from most of life since her mother’s suicide 12 years ago. Her dad is a painter who is likewise depressed and has refused to paint or do much of anything since his wife’s death. Ellie, Glory’s only friend, lives across the road in a hippie commune which may be a cult led by Ellie’s mom. Add to the the fact that Glory isn’t sure she even like’s Ellie anymore, and is beginning to wonder if their relationship has just become something that is convenient. One night at Ellie’s insistence the girls drink a gruesome cocktail of beer with powdered mummified bat in it, and both begin to see glimpses of the future of people they look at. Let’s just say that the future in NOT bright and includes a second civil war, internment camps and an abrupt erosion of the rights of women that may bring Margaret Atwater’s Handmaid’s Tale to mind.
If this sounds like there’s a lot going on in this book, you’re right, there is. But King deftly handles her plot twists as seen from Glory’s perspective in a manner that will keep readers enthralled and needing to read on. I loved the originality of this story and appreciated the uniqueness of the main character. I think dystopian readers, science fiction fans, and readers who have liked A. S. Kings other books will relish this new title.
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