Sometimes you’re reading a book and maybe it’s the wrong time to read it, or maybe it’s not for you, or maybe it’s just plain bad. The latter is not the case, but I am temporarily (or not temporarily) giving up on Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King.
The biggest problem I have with this book is that the main character’s outlook on life is immensely depressing. As someone who is going through some personal stuff, I don’t have room for someone else’s sad depressing life. After all, part of the reason I read is to escape my own troubles. Anyways, I digress. Glory lingers too much on her dead mother who committed suicide when she was 5 years old. She mentions this practically every single page. On the other hand I understand why after a decade she still can’t surpass it, it is a traumatizing thing to go through.
The other issue I have with this book is that that I don’t like any of the characters. Usually, there’s one character I like and hold on to it if I don’t like the main character, but I don’t like anyone else in this story. If I can’t latch on to a character then it’s impossible for me to latch on to the story I don’t care about.
I don’t know if I’ll ever pick it back up to know what happens in the end, but it will sit on my bookshelf for an indefinite amount of time.