Friday, November 21, 2014

Book Review: Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

GLORY O’BRIEN’S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by A.S. King is a thought provoking young adult novel with a fantasy twist. 

A touch of magical realism turns this starkly realistic coming-of-age story into a provocative exploration of the past and future. Glory is a fascinating and intelligent narrator with a wonderful streak of dark humor. Focusing attention on a wide range of issues including suicide, feminism, and activism, King does an outstanding job balancing Glory’s everyday struggles with a compelling exploration of a troubled future. From Glory’s tormented father to her long-time friend, King is a master at developing authentic characters.

Little things can make a big difference in YA literature. King’s use of very short chapters with brilliant titles, alternating chapters building the backstory of the future, and engaging, humorous dialogue reflect the exceptional skills of this popular author.

Readers who enjoy King’s new book should be reminded to revisit her other outstanding works including REALITY BOY, ASK THE PASSENGERS, EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, and PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ.

This one is going on my Printz short list.

To learn more about the author, go to Discussion guides are also available at King’s website.

Publisher ARC used for review