Where Futures End
Author: Parker Peevyhouse
A series of speculative stories about our future interconnected with each other like a puzzle being put together. These books are not something I would usually go for but reading about this one I found it to appealing to pass up.
One future story is about a girl and her brother in a debtors prison trying to get enough hits on their social media feed to get them out of it. Another is about corporate sponsorship and yet another about living in a virtual reality game city because the future is much to hard to deal with for real. All of this is driven on by what may or may not be the imaginative longings of a troubled teen and the existence of “the other place”.
I’m a cynical person by nature and not a big fan of social media. Plus I love alternate universe stories so all of those things appealed to me in this book. It seemed… believable. I mean more and more now we have worth valued by Instagram hits of lives that are (in a lot of cases) demonstrably false. The characters and times periods only get a chapter each so perhaps not all the world-building was as fleshed out as it could have been.
I would have liked more of certain characters (Brix) and maybe less of some other (Dylan) but it does all build toward the ending so it worked for me. The beginning drug a little bit and was probably the hardest character to get into but otherwise I definitely enjoyed this book.
Lots of questions. Lots of things to think about…
Recommend: Yes. It may not be for everyone but it’s an interesting debut novel with a lot of potential and I’ll definitely be reading more of this author in the future.