Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

3.8 (9,180 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$18.00

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities - but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother killed herself 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 santimonious 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, hoping her notes will help people understand how misguided and extremist behaviour in the present will snowball into dire consequences. She may not see a future for herself, but she'll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn't come to pass.

A.S. King's newest offering is a masterful portrayal 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.
show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 150 x 217 x 28mm | 454g
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316222720
  • 9780316222723
  • 305,787

Review quote

A.S. King is one of the best Y.A writers working today. She captures the disorientation of adolescence brilliantly...Reality Boy is finally a novel about whether you are fated to life the world expects you to have. - The New York Times Book Review

A nuanced portrayal...this is a story about healing. - Publishers Weekly

The hallmarks of [King's] strong work are there: magical realism, heightened emotion, and the steady, torturous, beautiful transition into self-assured inner peace. Like Gerald, it's wonderfully broken. - Booklist
show more

About A.s. King

A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimed 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 is also the author of The Dust of 100 Dogs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. When asked about her writing, King says, 'Some people don't know if my characters are crazy or if they are experiencing something magical. I think that's an accurate description of how I feel every day.' She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children.
show more

Rating details

9,180 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 30% (2,797)
4 34% (3,145)
3 23% (2,156)
2 8% (745)
1 4% (337)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X