A.S. King’s latest novel is Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. Glory O'Brien, along with her friend, gains the ability to see people's pasts and futures. From these transmissions, as Glory refers to the visions, she learns that in the near future women’s rights will vanish, sparking a Civil War and throwing the country into disorder. The disturbing visions start just as Glory is about to graduate from high school, reminding her she has no idea what to do with her life.Glory lost her mother to suicide at age four so her fears lead her to question whether that will be her future also. Her father is no comfort, lost in his grief, he has not moved forward with his life since the suicide. Her friend, Ellie, lives on a commune across the street and is too absorbed in her own problems and unhappiness to offer any support. Glory turns to her mother’s photo developing darkroom for answers; there she finds a hidden sketchbook titled Why People Take Pictures. The photos in the portfolio help her to piece together the puzzle of her family’s history and the transmissions help to make some sense of her own unclear future.
This book is not a fast read, but King manages to take Glory and the reader on a contemplative journey about where we come from, who we are and where we are going.