Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse

Title: Where Futures End
Author: Parker Peevyhouse
Pages: 272 pages
Published: February 9th, 2016
Source: ARC from Penguin Teen
Genre: Science Fiction, Futuristic, Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Five teens.
Five futures.
Two worlds.
One ending.

One year from now, Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world.

Ten years from now, Brixney must get more hits on her social media feed or risk being stuck in a debtors' colony.

Thirty years from now, Epony scrubs her entire online profile from the web and goes “High Concept.”

Sixty years from now, Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard.

And more than a hundred years from now, Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all. 

Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior--unless it's too late.

Buy it now! 

**I'd like to thank Penguin for sending me an advanced copy for me to review. This has not affected my thoughts on the book.**

Parker Peevyhouse's debut novel brings the stories of five teens in a futuristic world together. Somehow they're all connected to the fate of the world and in order to save it, they'll have to come together even though time separates them. The book is told in five parts where each person gets a chance to tell his/her story. All from the future, all looking for something they think they're missing. 

Because this book is told from multiple point of views, I'd expect the author to make each POV as different as possible. I wanted to see some type of connection between the narrators, some type of keyword that indicated they were connected in some way. As each narrator speaks, the book jumps a few years into the future. The further you go into the book, the more far off the speaker is into the future. I felt that the narration of each character really wasn't quite as unique as I'd hoped for. Multiple perspectives are such a common feature in YA books that I was really hoping for something different, instead of the character's words blending in with each other.

The stories of each narrator were very realistic. Once again, this book takes place in the future and each person's perspective on the future is quite different. Parker Peevyhouse imagines a future that is dominated by technology and social media. At this rate with people glued to their computers and phones, I don't think his imagination is that far off! It was interesting to see all the new technologies the author created to match the stories of his characters. I also liked the touch of adding new social media outlets that are like the 'Facebook' and 'Youtube' of today!

With new technology, however, there seemed to be a ton of new technological terms being used. It was a struggle to remember all of them, and I would often mix up one time period's tech with another.

If you're likely drawn to the romance in a book, I wouldn't suggest that this book is your first option. There is little to no romance between the characters as the author focuses on the catastrophic events that begin to unfold as each narrator tells his/her story.

The beginning is fairly slow, and I found myself slowing dozing off in the first 30 pages (if I do say so myself). I was pretty surprised by the ending but that may just be because I suck at predicting plot twists and such. Where Futures End is a brand new flavor of YA, one that I hope becomes more prominent. Certainly not the read for me but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it or have a hell of a time reading it.
Sit down and relax as I have a rapid fire round of 'Would You Rather?' questions with Parker Peevyhouse, the author of Where Futures End. Her answers are hilarious >_<

1. Would you rather come from the future or the past? 
The future. I could visit the past and “invent” all the things I knew about from my own time and people would think I was really smart and cool.

2. Would you rather leave with aliens that are offering a trip to an unknown planet or stay where you are? 
I would check to see if they had food on their ship; if not I’d assume they were only inviting me so I could be their next meal.

3. Scientists have created a size-altering potion. Would you rather make yourself tiny enough to fit inside someone's mouth or big enough to stand in the Mariana Trench with your head above the water?
I’d rather be small enough to discreetly tunnel through a Reese’s peanut butter cup so the next person who went to eat it would be freaked out to find that there was no peanut butter inside. 

4. Would you rather get stung by a bee or a scorpion? 
I need to collect bee stingers to use as swords for when scientists shrink me, so I’ll go with a bee sting.

5. Would you rather burn all the books in the world or all the movies? 
I’d rather burn all the movies except for FIRESTARTER so that everyone would blame FIRESTARTER and not me for burning the movies. (Also, I like watching Drew Barrymore start fires with her mind.)

6. Would you rather go to a hotel in space or an underwater hotel? 
I would first enter a weight-loss competition, and then I’d go to the hotel in space and weigh nothing and WIN.

7. Last question, the hardest of course. Would you rather have a deadline of 200 pages a day for the rest of your life or never write again? 
I know how to make margins REALLY big in Word, so I can do 200 pages no problem. On my computer, this questionnaire takes up like 75 pages.

More about Parker Peevyhouse 

Parker Peevyhouse lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has worked as an instructor and tutor and currently volunteers with teens. She can usually be found wandering local trails, playing board games, or watching science fiction movies. Her first novel, WHERE FUTURES END, will be published by Penguin/Dawson in early 2016.

Where you can find her...

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1 comment

  1. The cover looks so intriguing and mysterious though! <3 I like how futuristic this book is and how so many technological aspects were integrated in its plotline -- it makes this book seem very unique! But I'm kind of sad to see that the pacing was dragging and the technological terms presented were hard to remember for you :/ I AM intrigued by this, but I'll think through with this book and see if it's the right one to read soon. Great review Alex :D

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books


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