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

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

By A. S. King
Read by Christine Lakin

Hachette Book Group 9780316222723
7.08 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • $35.00

    ISBN: 9781478957775

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 has 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 does not come to pass.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, October 2014

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 has 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 does not come to pass.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“You won’t be able to put down this futuristic story about a girl who starts having visions of both the past and the future—in which she sees an end to women’s rights and a civil war between sexes.” Teen Vogue
“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
“A novel full of provocative ideas and sharply observed thoughts about the pressures society places on teenagers, especially girls.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“As with King’s other protagonists, Glory’s narration is simultaneously bitter, prickly, heartbreaking, inwardly witty, and utterly familiar, even as the particulars of her predicament are unique. The focus on photography provides both apt metaphors and nimble plot devices as Glory starts writing down her visions in order to warn future Americans about the doom she foresees…Glory’s chilling visions of the sinister dystopia awaiting the United States are uncomfortably believable…With any luck, Glory’s notebook will inspire a new wave of activists.”” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“King returns with another wholly original work of magical realism. Beautifully strange, entirely memorable.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Imbuing Glory’s narrative with a graceful, sometimes dissonant combination of anger, ambivalence, and hopefulness that resists tidy resolution, award-winning King presents another powerful, moving, and compellingly complex coming-of-age story.” Booklist
“The characters will stay with readers long after they finish the novel….Highly recommended.” VOYA
“From the moment Glory O’Brien and her friend, Ellie, drink beer mixed with petrified bat ashes, an incredible transformation occurs. ‘We could see the future. We could see the past. We could see everything.’ Narrator Christine Lakin makes the magical sound reasonable. When Glory was four, her mother committed suicide. Now, with high school graduation near, Glory is listless, with no plans for her future. Lakin delivers Glory’s first-person narration with all her teenaged poignancy and pathos in place. Glory foresees a dystopian future, a rigid, restrictive nightmare in which a misogynistic government is in power, young women are sold, and women have few rights. Glory writes it all down, determined to awaken society from its lethargy. Lakin’s sincere, intelligent performance makes it believable.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: A. S. King

Author Bio: A. S. King

A. S. King is the award-winning author of eight acclaimed novels for young adults. Her novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz earned a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor and Ask the Passengers won the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times called her “one of the best YA writers working today.” King lives with her family in Pennsylvania, where she returned after living on a farm and teaching adult literacy in Ireland for more than a decade.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.08
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English