Glory O'Brien's History of the Future (Paperback)

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Glory O'Brien is graduating high school and currently has no plans for the future. Frankly, after her mother died when Glory was only four, she never thought she would have one. But when she and her next door neighbor decide to drink the remains of a petrified bat they found in a barn... everything shifts: Glory and her neighbor begin to get transmissions from everyone they lock eyes with. Images of ancestors and descendants flash before Glory's eyes and she decides to write down what she sees. Read this if you enjoy magical realism and strong topical themes - Glory is a feminist, the survivor of her mother's suicide, and an artist in her own right, and she navigates the world in such a solid way that I would firmly hand this book to any teen and hope it might influence their view of the world around them.

— From Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King


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.

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316222730
ISBN-10: 0316222739
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Pages: 368
Language: English