Series: Future Imperfect #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 26th 2011
Ade Patience can see the future and it's destroying his life. When the seventeen-year-old Mantlo High School student knocks himself unconscious, he can see days and decades into his own future. Ade's the best of Denver's "divination" underground and eager to join the heralded Mantlo Diviners, a group of similarly enabled teens. Yet, unlike the Diviners, Ade Patience doesn't see the future out of curiosity or good will; Ade gives himself concussions because he's addicted to the high, the Buzz, he gets when he breaks the laws of physics. And while there have been visions he's wanted to change, Ade knows the Rule: You can't change the future, no matter how hard you try.
His memory is failing, his grades are in a death spiral, and both Ade's best friend and his shrink are begging him to stop before he kills himself. Ade knows he needs to straighten-out. Luckily, the stunning Vauxhall Rodolfo has just transferred to Mantlo and, as Ade has seen her in a vision two years previously, they're going to fall in love. It's just the motivation Ade needs to kick his habit. Only things are a bit more complicated. Vauxhall has an addiction of her own, and, after a a vision in which he sees Vauxhall's close friend, Jimmy, drown while he looks on seemingly too wasted to move, Ade realizes that he must break the one rule he's been told he can't.
The pair must overcome their addictions and embrace their love for each other in order to do the impossible: change the future.
Why I read this: The plot seemed intriguing and I'm always looking for new debut authors to read. 🙂
Plot: This book takes you on a wild ride. From Ade's point of view, his life is just about to finally begin on a certain day. The day he meets the girl he dreamed of two years ago. This book takes you around twists and turns and introduces a type of power that is addictive and harmful, but serves a purpose. Definitely a book that is left a little open for maybe more to come, but wrapped up enough that it could be a great single novel. There was a bit of suspense, some definitely romance and sexuality and possibly the most messed up novel I've read since Bleeding Violet – only it made a lot more sense. And I loved it.
Characters: Ade and Vauxhall are both messed up, there's no denying it. It's interesting to see them change in this novel. To go from destructive to productive and trying to change the future. I really enjoyed their personalities and also the supportive characters, mostly bad guys, but also friends like Paige. They just flew off the page in their own way and really left an impact with their personalities.
Relatability: I think anyone whose done anything destructive to themselves or others in their lives can relate to this book.. anywhere from anger to sleeping around to self-harm is what you shall find in these pages.
Cover Commentary: Interesting. Not my favorite, but it has some images from the book in it.