Saturday, March 19, 2011

Review: Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese (ARC)

Title: Future Imperfect
Author: K. Ryer Breese
Published: 2011
Source: Starbook Tours

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, Jimi, 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. (taken from
Future Imperfect is a much darker novel than I thought it would be. Although Ade has a unnatural physic addiction, the novel could just as well be about drug, alcohol, smoking, and sex addictions. Breese took the story of a teenage boy with a rough life and messed up classmates and twisted it into a warped paranormal tale. 

Ade, the narrator, is a very personal character. His every thought is recorded in the novel, and the language is that of a teenage boy. The reader is sucked into his world and placed in his head for the duration of the story. His friends and family are quirky and interesting, if a little strange. His lesbian best friend, Paige, and his mother are two of the biggest supporting characters. 

Then there is Vauxhall, his future soul-mate. First of all, what kind of name is Vauxhall? I couldn't get over it. What happened to books with normal character names? My guess is that Breese is trying to highlight how different Vauxhall is from other girls. She's artsy and mysterious, and like Ade, has a secret talent of her own.

Overall, Future Imperfect was an entertaining read. It isn't like most of the books I read, and I was both intrigued and repulsed by the strange, morbid story. The ending was probably my favorite part. Even the darkest parts of the novel were remedied and things were heading down a better path. I just love uplifting endings like this one.