Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

Glory OBrien

In the novel Glory O’brien’s History of the Future, Glory O’Brien is struggling with typical teenager problems- graduation, her best friend’s drama, her lack of a romantic life, and the death of her mother several years before. Things only get worse when she develops a strange ability to see people’s pasts and futures after “drinking” a petrified bat with her best friend, Ellie Heffner. Especially when she sees a deadly war coming- one that would put America in ruins and end the lives of many. Glory takes on the job of recording everything she sees about this war in order to one day help the citizens of the future, and discovers some things about herself along the way.
This book is amazing in its masterful storytelling and perfectly timed revelations. Although not all of the characters of this book are likeable, they are all incredibly well developed and thought out. Every part of this book works to tell something important; there were no boring details or long, drawn- out scenes. Surreal but full of self discovery, this book was impossible to put down. I would especially recommend this book for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson or other A.S. King books.