Thank you to Rachel Gilbey for my invite onto the tour for Future Perfect. It’s an honour to be closing down the tour today with my review.
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.
Having read and loved “Yesterday” I knew that Future Perfect was going to be good but I had no idea that it was going to be THAT good and end up being one of the best books I have read in 2021 so far! Set in the near future, this is speculative fiction at its very best with twisty, multiple viewpoints and a thrilling storyline that guarantees this is a thumpingly good read that’s impossible to put down.
A bomb attack at a Manhattan fashion show causes a stir in London as the designer involved is also planning another show there. Among the invited guests are Police Commissioner Christian Verger and his fiancée Viola and according to the Commissioners ipredict app, he has a nearly 100% chance of not making it to the end of the show alive. And it’s the use of this technology that really made the plot of Future Perfect feel like a very plausible future! It also delivered an interesting and balanced argument for knowing the odds of any part of your future life being rolled out. I mean would you want to start each day knowing the chances of being alive by the end of it are extremely slim?! Surely it would affect the way you react meaning that those odds aren’t a reliable resource? Would you end up living your life as a slave to an app thereby giving it far more power than its inventor could have envisioned? There is so much within the pages here to think about and I predict that there is a 100% chance that this book will be one I want to visit again in the future!
Future Perfect is a beautifully written book. It manages to be thought provoking, clever and imaginative with great use of characters to keep you on your toes throughout. If you’ve ever seen the film Minority Report, this had a similar feel regarding the use of technology and it’s an uncomfortable thought that this could be our future. Christian’s Alexa made me laugh so much with her control over him but it also delivered a serious message and an uncomfortable prediction of the way forward for the world in general.
Future Perfect grabbed me with both hands and wouldn’t let me go, reading until the early hours of the morning. This is an immersive whodunnit with a uniquely edgy style and a fresh twist on the genre. I absolutely loved it and recommend it 100%!
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.