Glory O'brien's History Of The Future by A.s. KingGlory O'brien's History Of The Future by A.s. King

Glory O'brien's History Of The Future

byA.s. King

Paperback | June 2, 2015

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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.
A.S. King is the author of the highly acclaimedReality Boy;Ask the Passengers, aLos Angeles TimesBook Prize winner;Everybody Sees the Ants; and the Edgar Award nominated, Michael L. Printz Honor bookPlease Ignore Vera Dietz. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children.
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Title:Glory O'brien's History Of The FutureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:June 2, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316222739

ISBN - 13:9780316222730

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought experiment in YA format I don't consider this a spoiler, since it's explained within the first few pages of the book, but heads up that the book does deal explicitly with the aftermath of parental suicide. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with acute feelings of suicide or major depression. It depends on the person but as a teen I would have struggled with the type of hope King leaves us with at the end of the book; as an adult, I understand and appreciate it. I wish I had had someone tell me as I graduated high school that my feelings of dread and anxiety were not that I was crazy or morbid. Bad things were going to happen in my future because bad things happen to everyone, no matter what. When we look back there's very rarely any way we could have controlled the events that run together to create the bad events in our lives, even if we had had warning like Glory O'Brien. Coming to terms with that is a way to regain control or prevent ourselves from stalling in place. In a market filled with dystopia settings it's fascinating to run across a book that is about the precursor to the sort of society another author might have dedicated a multi-book series to. Rather than blaming the past for some unfathomable actions that has destroyed society, King makes the point that we are not so different from our ancestors or our descendants. The parental figures in the story are complex and while we see the brutal results of their actions, we see Glory eventually understand why they did what they did or at least begin to come to terms that there is no comforting outsider perspective to some actions, like suicide. The teens are themselves participants in creating a terrifying future - and yet they are not bad people because of it, their agency is not compromised, and there is no sense of destiny or curse. YA is becoming a strange catch-all genre. The plot of Glory O'Brien's History of the Future is entirely suitable for an adult novel, even a non-fantasy genre novel, in the same vein as Margaret Atwood's speculative style. However, I can't imagine any company being willing to publish it as an adult book without explicitly sexualizing the content - which is ironic, given the nature of the dystopic visions Glory has and how feminist the book is. There's no way King could have gotten away with Glory being more concerned with her grief than her groin if this book had been targeted for adults. I do wish that poverty hadn't been written so conveniently out of the story, and I'm still not sure how I feel about Glory's semi-romantic interest.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strange, Fun, and Sublime I read this book for a gender and sexuality class on queer literature. The novel itself is easy to read--simple prose, well-written, and easy to follow with subtle and out there beautiful sentences. The book is an odd story that wants you to keep reading--I had it complete in one sitting because I couldn't stop. As well, it intersects with very interesting themes from our real world: gender, societal pressures, assault, and patriarchy. A very fun book to just read but even more fun to pick apart and analyze.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Young Adult Literature Never Looked so Good! A. S. King is one of the greatest authors of all time. Full stop. Each and every book of hers brings something new and fabulously interesting to the table. In this particular novel, the protagonist drinks a bat (bear with me), and gains the ability to see a person's future by looking at them. It is a fascinating tale of the existence of fate and courage, leaving the reader in stunned silence and contemplation upon reading the last sentence. A. S. King, thank you.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I loved it, and so did all the friend's I shared it with.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A.S. King does it again! As a huge A.S. King fan, I had to pick up Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. And oh boy, this book is just as amazing as all of her other ones. While the concept of the novel seems really strange to others, I thought it was refreshing and uniquely quirky. When Glory and her best friend drink a dead bat, they start seeing people’s futures and pasts all at once. While all of this is happening, Glory is still struggling to figure out her place in the world- and she keeps wondering about her mother, who committed suicide 14 years before. In general, this book is entertaining, compelling, quirky and thought-provoking. I loved Glory’s point of view, and I definitely related to her. She struggled with finding herself, figuring out how she fit into the world of her parents, friends and post-high school life. I thought her point-of-view was refreshing compared to some other characters I’ve read about lately and I just loved that Glory was not two-dimensional. She liked photography, was fascinated with death, and sometimes was prone to over-thinking. She felt like an actual human being, and A.S. King is the best at writing realistic characters. And somehow incorporating magic into their very-real lives. The plot of the book, despite how it seemed, left me shocked at times and was definitely fast-paced. Never a dull moment for sure! The romance in this book was practically non-existent but what romance was in Glory was fantastic, I loved it. In general, Glory O’Brien’s History of The Future is another great novel by A.S. King. Even if Glory O’Brien doesn’t seem like your type of book, I highly recommend taking a look at other of A.S. King’s other novels because they are all fantastic.
Date published: 2015-01-21

Editorial Reviews

"Glory is a wry, occasionally acerbic narrator, exhibiting the balance of truth-telling and blindness so common to smart teens. In trademark King style, the chapters alternate between daily life and troubled future, despair and humor, rage and acceptance."-Shelf Awareness