Monday, October 13, 2014

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King: Review

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

Would you try to change the world if you thought it had no future?

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 everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

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.

 When I love a book as much as I loved Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, I’ll tell everyone about it. I don’t care if you like reading or not, I will tell you how absolutely in love I fell with this book. The thing is that when I try to explain what this book is about it does not make sense. It just doesn’t. It shouldn’t make sense, because I don’t know how the hell King incorporates so many things into a book and makes it work. It's just beyond me. Can she see into the future? How does she do it!? Did you drink a bat, King? I think I’m not making any sense. 

If you have read my about me page you definitely now that I’m a HUGE fan of A.S. King. I’ll read anything King writes. Anything *says in a creepy voice*. And I knew Glory O’Brien was going to be one of my favorite characters ever. The thing is that as soon as you read the first page you get this overwhelming sensation to protect and love Glory. I have to tell you guys that this girl doesn’t need anyone’s protection because she’s one kickass main character, but I couldn’t help but wanting to hurt anyone who would hurt her. This doesn’t surprise me. I always get these feelings for all of A.S. King’s characters. The growth Glory goes through in this book is one of the best I’ve witness in any book I’ve ever read.

As far as plot and writing go Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future was absolutely perfect. The fact that there were so many different elements to the story didn’t bother me one bit. It’s A.S. freaking King! She can write whatever she wants and it makes perfect sense and you’ll love it. But really, try to explain this book to someone. It would go something like this:

Crazy A.S. King fan AKA me: I just finished this awesome book and I think you should read it too!

Friend: What’s the book about?

Me: It’s about this girl that loves to take pictures and her mom killed herself when she was little so she and her dad are kind of sad and then she has this hippie friend that’s not really a good friend and they decide to drink a bat *breathes* and then the main character sees into the future because of the bat she drank and in her visions she sees a second civil war happening. So freaking awesome!

Friend: *looks at me with a weird look in her eyes* Wait, you said she drank a bat? B.A.T, bat? Was it like, an accident?

Me: How do you drink a bat by accident? Yes, it was a bat.

Friend: Why would you drink a bat if it’s not by accident? But yes, I’ll read it.

Me: You can’t borrow my copy because it’s signed.

So yes if you are reading this review I need you, yes
you, to read this book. Or any of A.S. King’s books, because you are missing out BIG time!


  1. [blinks] Huh? [scratches head]

    Oh but your enthusiasm is contagious! Okay, I'm convinced. :)

  2. This does sound really interesting and I probably never would have picked it up on my own but it does make it hard to resist when I see how excited you are about it. :)

  3. I'm reading it right now. I can see why people like it, I'm just not really enjoying it too much. Great review though! I love when I have a book I'm this passionate about!

  4. That bat-thing is just plain weird! LOL But, I guess the heroine has to get her powers somehow, and it's as good of a way as any. I've read nothing but good things about this novel, and I second Joyous Read's comment in that your enthusiam is indeed infectious. Hehe Nice review!

  5. Bahaha this review is awesome! I loved this book, too, even though it was weird as shit! I mean - let's drink the remains of a bat and see if we turn into gods - or whatever their plan was lol! But if anyone can make THAT plot work, it def was A.S. King! "Did you drink a bat, King?" Lol now I know how she does it! WE KNOW HER SECRETS!!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Blog Design by Imagination Designs all images from the Meadow of Dreams kit by Irene Alexeeva