Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Ade Patience can see the future and it’s destroying his life. When the seventeen-year-old Mantlo High School student knocks himself unconscious, he can see days and decades into his own future. Ade’s the best of Denver’s “divination” underground and eager to join the heralded Mantlo Diviners, a group of similarly enabled teens. Yet, unlike the Diviners, Ade Patience doesn’t see the future out of curiosity or good will; Ade gives himself concussions because he’s addicted to the high, the Buzz, he gets when he breaks the laws of physics. And while there have been visions he’s wanted to change, Ade knows the Rule: You can’t change the future, no matter how hard you try.
His memory is failing, his grades are in a death spiral, and both Ade’s best friend and his shrink are begging him to stop before he kills himself. Ade knows he needs to straighten-out. Luckily, the stunning Vauxhall Rodolfo has just transferred to Mantlo and, as Ade has seen her in a vision two years previously, they’re going to fall in love. It’s just the motivation Ade needs to kick his habit. Only things are a bit more complicated. Vauxhall has an addiction of her own, and, after a a vision in which he sees Vauxhall’s close friend, Jimmy, drown while he looks on seemingly too wasted to move, Ade realizes that he must break the one rule he’s been told he can’t.
The pair must overcome their addictions and embrace their love for each other in order to do the impossible: change the future.
I won an Advanced Uncorrected Copy of this. I will ignore those grammatical errors which I saw, which weren’t too many, and reserve judgement. 🙂 (I’m sure the copy editor will catch them before release)
So, on with the review.
Written for the young adult audience, the language used was quite unique to me. I’ve never really read a book that went directly into the head of the person and pretty much read like he spoke. For me, this was an interesting experience. I am one who tries to write proper. It was instilled in me through my career at school and one thing I have a hard time breaking away from. So, to read this as if someone were talking to me directly, telling the story in his own voice, was different for me. However, I did find it quite easy and quick to read. It was like I had sat down with Ade and he told me his story.
The story itself was also interesting, taking a new twist on addiction and learning to live “clean”. It did seem to have all the basic elements of the addiction and clean up process, at least that I could see. I’ve never experienced it myself, but I was totally into the whole story wanting to help Ade and his quest to clean up his life. Or, at least, it was an interesting ride through his trials of learning to live in the here and now, and not some distant future.
I think this would be a good book for the early adult audience as it does incorporate the addiction aspect as well as some sexual situations and adult words. However, it was quite tactfully done with much left to the imagination, rather than the “in your face” visuals.
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