Ade Patience has an addiction. It’s an addiction unlike any other teen you will probable ever meet. It’s not alcohol, drugs or even prescription medication. Only one thing works for Ade, giving him the much-needed “buzz” he desperately craves. Ade has a hardcore addiction to being knocked unconscious. It’s not necessarily the unconsciousness that gives him the out of this world feeling he seeks but the high that comes from the ability to see into the future. With his unconsciousness Ade is able to see beyond the present and even know when certain events will happen: such as the day he will meet his true love Vauxhall Rodolfo.
While seeing the future can be a powerful thing, it can also hinder your ability to live in the present. Hounded by parents, teachers and his doctor to stop his destructive injury seeking behavior such as jumping from the high school roof; Ade has a hard time with the everyday mundane tasks of school work and only seems to look longingly forward to the day he will meet the girl of this dreams. However when that day does come Ade quickly realizes that what he has seen in his visions may not always be the whole story. Vauxhall has some very real problems of her own that even a future seeing boyfriend may not be able to fix especially if Ade sticks to the unspoken rule that “he can never change the future”. But what if in order to secure his relationship with Vauxhall he might have to do just that.
The narrative of Future Imperfect follows along Ade’s sometimes-odd thinking process and meandering thoughts. While Ade is an intriguing and unique character with promise at times he fails to deliver for readers and can make one somewhat relatively uninterested in what might happen next. The beginning of the book is especially slow with very little action and much concussion inducing seeking.
The major plot of the book is also quite promising but it seems as though too many ideas and themes came into play and few were ever brought to fruition. The book never really seems to become interactive to the reader, never engrossing just readable. While many young adult readers will rejoice at a new unique male protagonist in the end the book seems under-developed and a bit confusing at times.
Also as an aside observation with a book titled Future Imperfect some readers may also be disappointed because they were seeking a dystopian book, which right now seems to heavily dominate in the young adult genre. Dystopian- Future Imperfect is not.
Love it, like it or hate it, Future Imperfect is definitely readable but perhaps not one of the most enjoyable young adult books recently released.
Have you read this book? What did you think?