Review | The Future is Yours by Dan Frey

Two best friends create a computer that can predict the future. But what they can’t predict is how it will tear their friendship—and society—apart.

If you had the chance to look one year into the future, would you?

For Ben Boyce and Adhi Chaudry, the answer is unequivocally yes. And they’re betting everything that you’ll say yes, too. Welcome to The Future: a computer that connects to the internet one year from now, so you can see who you’ll be dating, where you’ll be working, even whether or not you’ll be alive in the year to come. By forming a startup to deliver this revolutionary technology to the world, Ben and Adhi have made their wildest, most impossible dream a reality. Once Silicon Valley outsiders, they’re now its hottest commodity.

The device can predict everything perfectly—from stock market spikes and sports scores to political scandals and corporate takeovers—allowing them to chase down success and fame while staying one step ahead of the competition. But the future their device foretells is not the bright one they imagined.

Ambition. Greed. Jealousy. And, perhaps, an apocalypse. The question is . . . can they stop it?

Told through emails, texts, transcripts, and blog posts, this bleeding-edge tech thriller chronicles the costs of innovation and asks how far you’d go to protect the ones you love—even from themselves.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Anytime I hear a book is written in mixed media format I’m intrigued so when this one got recommended to me I immediately found a copy. This book was quite a ride and there were definitely twists I was not expecting, but also some things that were a little predictable towards the end. That may have just been because all the loose strings were coming together to be fair. This was an incredibly fast read that I really had a hard time putting down.

We’re following Ben and Adhi as they create “The Prototype” which allows them to pull information from the internet up to one year in the future. Their friendship is unique as they are very much opposites. At times Ben is insufferable, selfish, narcissistic and more but Adhi isn’t all sunshine and roses either and it is stated explicitly in the book that he suffers from mental health issues. One can imagine the possible ramifications that being able to know what is coming the future might be and many of them are explored in this book. If you’re looking for a fast paced sci fi about time travel that also tackles the ethics and morals that might come with that, this should definitely be on your list.

Happy reading!

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