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Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
A.S. King
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:

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’s 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 everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

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.

Glory O’Brien is a kickass lady and I want to be her friend. Better yet, I want to be her. She is such a strong character - and gets stronger throughout the book. She’s smart and resourceful and as I read, I wanted to see her future reward her. I think that many teens feel small in comparison to the world - that they are insignificant. Some have an intense drive to go after something bigger. Others don’t know what their future holds for them. At the beginning of the book, Glory isn’t sure where to go or what to do. As she sees the future, she learns things about herself, her past and her future that she never expected. Through Glory’s future, A.S. King shows that you can make yourself great in ways you never expected.

This is one of A.S. King’s best and I absolutely cannot wait to buy it. I wanted to reread it immediately and look for clues that I missed. Love, love, love the ending.

I changed my mind. I don’t want to be a librarian. I want to be Glory O’Brien when I grow up.


  1. I have this and CAN'T wait to read it!!! I am so beyond behind on reading the mountain of books in front of me that it makes me sad! I need to do better and read A.S. King!

    1. It’s a quick read! I’m super behind, too. I hate looking at how far behind I am on Goodreads. Hopefully I get more time to read during the winter!


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