Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future

by A. S. King

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Overview

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.

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 anything to make sure this one doesn't come to pass.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316222730
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/02/2015
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 253,861
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

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 lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children.

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Glory O'Brien's History of the Future 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was different in a good way.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Never in my wildest dreams, did I see where this book was headed. It was incredible, it was weird, and it was like getting an unplanned gift all in one. Both of the main characters had me captivated as their stories were unique, and here they were, friends living right across the street from one another, where their lives intersected almost daily. As their journey started down the path of twisted and bizarre, I began to wonder if perhaps it was all an illusion and if so, how would it all end? How could that mummified bat have such a dramatic effect on these two girls? Where does A.S. King come up with this stuff? Ellie has quit public school as she is now taught on the commune which is right across the street from Glory’s house. Since her mother’s death, Glory feels alone living now only with her father. With her best friend no longer attending school with her, many things are changing in her life. Glory is resentful of her mother’s death and she’s ashamed of her father. Glory and Ellie mix the powder of a mummified bat which has died on Ellie’s porch into their beers and immediately they both begin to experience bat vision. Bat vision, the ability to see into other’s infinities. Only the two girls experience two different views of bat vision, even when they view the same individual. Glory’s view and information that she gathers from individuals allows her to see the future of the world in a different light whereas the view and information that Ellie sees is mundane info. What kind of bat makes you do this? Was Glory right in her thinking of who this bat was? I was amazed and fascinated at this part of the book for I wanted to know if this was really happening or if this was an illusion or was the author going to spin off onto another direction? I was all in and where the book took me, was more than I ever expected. I don’t feel that this novel will be for everyone as some individuals will be shaking their heads believing it is too far out there for them but for me, it was definitely something far-reaching and something, well….you just never know what might happen when you open up a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS IV'E EVER READ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no words for how amazing this book is. I am at a loss for what to say to describe it. Amazing. Brilliant writing. Creative one of a kind idea.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 2.5 Rounded UP  Narration 3 Stars 2  I don’t quite know what I was expecting when I picked this title: I was hoping for something unusual with a solid character that was able  to overcome the massive losses and see a point in her future. I don’t believe that I expected the often very strange twists, nor the wonderful depictions of the magical realism that appeared in Glory’s visions. I did find that there were often “sketches” of a dystopian vision without a clear connection to the ‘how’, and while the injections were lovely in description and intent, that lack kept them a bit flat.  I enjoyed, although I don’t feel particularly connected to Glory in any way: there is a remove in her character that keeps everyone at arm’s length, and just at the point you hope to cross over, the proselytizing prose regarding feminism and women’s issues bounces in carrying a banner, beating a drum and completely removing the tentative connection. And we can talk about the self-described feminist bent that both she and her father claim to have: but neither seemed particularly connected to the ideology, beyond mouthing the words.  Now, being a woman I should be all for the focus on women’s issues and the clearly defined feminist sentiments: but the writing and the frequent insertions did just the opposite.  I dislike the ‘preachy’ tone that such an overlay into every issue presents, give readers some credit for seeing a potential problem in the ‘world as she is envisioning it in the future” and allow them to see the pitfalls and inequalities.   The book quickly became ‘one note, one issue” for me, and the potential to see Glory realize her value and potential became a trail of breadcrumbs after the birds came through: difficult to pull together in a cohesive unit.  What I had hoped would bring some new perspective in an engaging way became difficult to enjoy, with many moments of “oh again” as  the story went off into yet another discussion about the impact of a decision / situation on women.  There is a current ‘lack’ of women  who will identify themselves as “feminists”, particularly in the YA and coming of age teens: or they ‘qualify’ it by discounting the stronger  and more rabid voices of the movement.  I can’t see this book making any inroads to changing the connotation of the word feminist, nor  accounting for any reader’s ability to see, recognize and make conclusions about inequities in situations.  Narration as provided by Christine Lakin was solidly well-paced and a pleasant listen. Most importantly, she did not over-reach in pitch, tone or emotion while still presenting Glory’s moments of visions with the appropriate mix of awe and questions that must have been in Glory’s own heart and head.   While I’ve heard good things about this author’s work, this AudioBook, and find that pacing, prose and even moments of relationships remembered and developing are wonderful, the story really did nothing for me. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
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Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of 2014. And that makes me at a complete loss for words, because I want to write all the words and I can't. But I want to. It's almost like I drank a petrified bat and I see everything so much clearer now. <3 A.S. King is amazing and brave and I love all her books, but this one is special--very, very special.