Book Review: Future Perfect by Felicia Yap #FuturePerfect #BookReview

Future Perfect

by

Felicia Yap

What if today was your last day…

A bomb has exploded during a fashion show, killing a beautiful model on the catwalk. The murderer is still at large… and he may strike again. Yet this is the least of Police Commissioner Christian Verger’s worries. His fiancée Viola has left him. He has to keep his tumultuous past a secret. To make things worse, his voice assistant Alexa is 99.74% sure he will die tomorrow.

Moving from snowy 1980s Montana to chic 1990s Manhattan to a drone-filled 2030s Britain, FUTURE PERFECT is an electrifying race to solve a murder before it’s too late. Yet it is also a love story, a riveting portrait of a couple torn apart by secrets, grief and guilt. A twisted tale of how the past can haunt a person’s future and be used to predict if he will die… or kill.


Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Christian Verger’s day couldn’t get any worse. His fiancé, Viola, has left him, his voice assistant Alexa has just predicted he has a 99.74% chance of dying tomorrow and a bomb has gone off during a New York fashion show. The clock is ticking, the terrorist could strike again any moment. Countless lives are at stake … and it’s seems, so is Christian’s.

Alternating between multiple characters and three points in time, 1980s, 1990s and 2030s, Future Perfect starts with a bang. It is tense, atmospheric and engaging. I connected with the characters straight away and at times, I found myself holding my breath, unable to tear my eyes from the page.

In Future Perfect, an app exists called I-Predict which foretells the pattern of your day with shocking accuracy. It has familiarised itself with your behaviours, your preferences, your routines, it knows you more about you than you know yourself. But what happens when obsession brews? When you feel you must meet these predictions? What happens when this technology begins to unravel your life, corrode your humanity?

Future Perfect looks at morality, grief, loss, and how severely the past can influence your actions. It is a story set in a futuristic world of high fashion and intelligent technology. But it roots itself firmly in human emotion, psychology and complex relationships. There are some very clever twists in this book which will shock you to your core.

Such a thought-provoking premise as this demands you pause and take heed, consider the future. It certainly made me think. What waits for us, even just a decade into the future? Will our lives be influenced and governed by technology, on such an extreme level? It’s a concerning thought but one the author explores beautifully.

High-octane, speculative, nail-biting. Future Perfect is a sweeping and thoughtful novel which had me gripped. imaginative, fiercely clever and so tightly-plotted. A book with bite. I really enjoyed it!


Out 18th March

To pre-order a copy of this book, you can follow the links below:

The Bookshops.org

Waterstones


About the Author:

Felicia Yap grew up in Kuala Lumpur. She read biochemistry at Imperial College London, followed by a doctorate in history (and a half-blue in competitive ballroom dancing) at Cambridge University. She has been a radioactive-cell biologist, a war historian, a university lecturer, a technology journalist, a theatre critic, a flea-market trader and a catwalk model. Felicia’s debut thriller Yesterday has been translated into multiple languages around the world. Her second novel Future Perfect will be published in spring 2021.


With thanks to Antonia and Wildfire for my gifted ARC which I received in exchange for an honest review!

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