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(Delphi Chronicles #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  81 reviews
The first time I saw the future I lost hope.

It wasn't just that the future sucked; that civilization had gone and ruined itself; that we'd altered our own DNA and devolved into predatory monsters that fed on the few remaining survivors. That was all awful enough, but it was more than that. I remember being young and thinking, when I grow up, I'll have a nice big house. I'l
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Published April 1st 2016 by Urban Epics
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Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is HALF a book. I never complain about cliffhangers and usually I roll my eyes at reviews when people read a series and then whine that the first book ends on a cliffhanger. However, for this book I feel that the criticism is valid. This book does not end on a cliffhanger, it just stops. It literally just stops in the middle of the story. I don't mind when the main story is ongoing and unresolved at the end of book one, I can deal with that, but this book doesn't even resolve any of the sub ...more
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: type-timetravel
I wish I had noticed that this is only book 1 of a series ... this books sets up an interesting storyline that had me quite captivated, and now I have to wait. I don't like waiting. Generally I don't start a series until I know it is complete (yes, this puts me years behind at times, but otherwise I forget too much between books). I accidentally downloaded this during my Kindle Unlimited trial (instead of just putting it on my to read/watch list) and as it was already there, I decided to go ahea ...more
Line Bookaholic
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really interesting plot and great characters (not too typical, but still ordinary at the same time). I wish it was longer though and I was a bit annoyed with the typos and other mistakes (the name of the coorporation that changes basically every two pages...).

Anyway, it was really great and I'm excited about the next part. Although, as it's the case with a lot of free ebooks of the sort that I read, I usually forgot about them so that I start a million different series. It can be annoying.

Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-2018
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Actually reminded me of Terminator in some ways (just the bare bones, though). And I thought it really funny that there is a Terminator quote used in the book, too! That made me laugh.

I loved the concept, the characters, and thought the future world building well done. I did get rather frustrated with the MC and her lack of regard for some of her "friends" in the present.

Also one thing that I don't think was addressed enough was that she was smoking this dr
T.H. Hernandez
Young adult time travelling dystopian with a side of romance? Sign me up. This book is every genre I love rolled into one. The premise is fascinating -- a teen girl has the ability to travel to the future where she discovers an earth she doesn't recognize. Something in the very near future brings about devastation of apocalyptic proportions, and Alicia may be the only one who can stop it. While her ability to time travel isn't fully explained, it has to do with experimental drugs that only affec ...more
Tracey Madeley
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is much better than Shearwater, less of an academic explanation of myth and legend and more about the story. The novel essentially plays on the public's fear of genetic mutation, whether that is spread from genetically modified crops to humans, or the manipulation of DNA in order to eradicate disease.

Unfortunately like Shearwater I don’t see much depth to the characters. Alicia is the protagonist and although she is undoubtedly brave in taking on the mods her relationships are superfic
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy hell!!

What a freaking ride! This book was just amazing and I WANT MORE!! You did it again D.S. Murphy! You my friend have sucked me in for a wonderful adventure but now I'm hanging waiting for the next book! Do yourself a favor if you have not read his stuff, READ IT!!
Roo MacLeod
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm so dizzy

A good story with a different take on time travel. I enjoyed it. A good female lead and a satisfying ending.
Dec 23, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nick Nielsen
Prescient was an exciting book, and I enjoyed reading it. The characters were engaging and the plot was unique. I'll try to keep this vague to avoid spoilers, but some discussion of the book will involve some spoilers - be warned!

There was an appropriate amount of teenage angst built into the characters; although I personally don't like angst, it wasn't overboard. This could be considered a young adult book, but it didn't strike me as over-simplified or too cutesy (which I hate in young adult bo
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Prescient (The Delphi Chronicles, #1)

Prescient (also called, less appealingly, The Prophet of Doom) was an interesting YA, post-apocalyptic read. It all begins with Alicia, a very unique and likable main character, who gets mixed up in experimental drugs at a party, thinking it is simply pot. When she "trips" she literally ends up twenty years in the future after a great calamity has happened. After more similar experiences and getting a group of allies involv
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't leave spoilers, so I will be reviewing this totally on the authors style of writing. I really enjoyed this book, it had a well defined beginning middle and end, even though the author says you can get a bonus chapter once finished, which I did, as it was left on a great cliff hanger, the bonus chapter was just the same. I felt this book was in the right genre. The plots described gave you just enough information when the scenes changed that you are able to visualise the time and places t ...more
John Podlaski
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found PRESCIENT by Derek Murphy to be a different kind of Scifi and YA book. Alicia, 15 yrs old, is the protagonist of the story. She tries to smoke a genetically modified herb, passes out, and transports twenty years into the future. The world is at an end and only a small enclave of humans exists. The corporation responsible had modified the food which turned many of the humans into super "MODS" who are intent on killing the remaining humans - even those from the corporation and their city. ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 02019
3.5 (beware, 3 years and no second book)

I was surprised at how quickly this book grabbed me. And it never let go either.

There were a couple of twist that I wish had happened differently, but not because they didn't work or anything of the kind. The whole book kept its thinking hat on. So often these books lose their brains because it's easier to write something in that way, but this one never fell into the trap. The characters kept thinking, the world rules stayed strong, the questions were bei
Angel Leya
Alicia was practically invisible - at least until one night at a party where she tripped into the future. And not to one of those fantastic futures where everything is techy and white and better. No, this future held abandoned skeletons, degenerated humans, and a remnant of humanity driven to destroy each other. Alicia needs to change that future if she ever hopes to have the happily ever after she'd grown up dreaming about. But even if she can change the future, after visiting it, will she want ...more
Liquid Frost
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This is 100% YA and splits time between current-day and a dystopian future with monster/zombies and evil scientists. Food science, that is; part anti-GMO and part time travel. Main cast: teenagers. High school drama, girl wants boy, secrets, mystery, drug use and lotto tickets.

And it works.

This was actually pretty fun. The time travel is linear and is fun for the reader to see how you can use the future to set up the past to alter the pending apocalypse. Not mind bending or convoluted, though.

Aldra Modin
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first book I've read by Mr. Murphy and it certainly won't be the last! I don't read much YA but I probably will if the plots are so intricate and interesting.

It was a very thrilling read. Had me guessing with every scroll of the page and the overall idea itself is astounding. I can see that the author did his research and the way he wove that information into an exciting narrative is quite praiseworthy. I also appreciate an MC who can hold her own but is not perfect and doesn't know
Mandy Peterson
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! Time travel normally isn't my thing, but I've had the honor of reading a couple of indie authors who are changing that. One is of course Melanie Hoo's Flicker series (which I reviewed also). The other is now Derek Murphy and Prescient!

Alicia discovers her unique ability at a party while trying to impress her crush. What follows is a Netflix series-worthy tale that doesn't let up - even when you reach the end of the book! A cross between Scooby Gang present moments and GMO inspired monster d
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty intense book! You have time travel to the future, eminent destruction of the world and then throw in GMOs that somehow instantly turn humans into monstrous animals, and you have the basis of this series. There were a few parts where you'll have to suspend your logic, such as young teenagers buying all sorts of military style gear (weapons etc), building a walled city and a huge house in only three or four months,, but if you can overlook some of that, the way the plot flows is ...more
J.A. McLachlan
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure about this one at first - lots of teens-in-high-school angst, fine for its target audience but I'm beyond that - then it got much more interesting and I was kept reading eagerly to the end. The half star off is because 1) it ends on a cliffhanger - not a fan of that, and 2) it's mostly a plot-driven story, not much to think about. You shouldn't judge a book by what it isn't, however, but by whether it does what it set out to do well, and this one set out to tell an interesting stor ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jump in and out of apocalyptic time travel! wow!!!

I gave this book 5 stars for creativity, action, and adventure appropriations story. This is well written, does not contain a ton of typos, and contains almost zombie-like creatures that we make in our current time from our poor decisions. Great theories and the hope is ever-present to fix our mistakes by getting people to listen now before its too late. I look forward to the sequel!
Cristina Godsey
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

Frustrating basically sums up the book. I enjoyed reading it but some parts didn’t leave me wanting to turn the page. It just felt like everything the characters were working for never helps. I also thought that maybe there could have been more details or this book could have given the reader more answers to tease us into reading the next one.
Shailesh Bhaisare
I really like this book

I like how it connects the characters so well and the chemistry between Brett and Alicia. I loved the details because it really brings out the story. The creativity of this story was amazing and I do t even know where this author got such a large place for creativity
Sarah Reed
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Original and unique!

I freaking loved this book! I could not put it down! What an original and unique post-apocolytic story. I'm enthralled by the Oracle Of Delphi, and where that characteristic will leave the main character, Alicia, as time goes by. Be prepared though, the end I g is one big cliffhanger. Waiting for Book 2 iss going to be torture!
Dana Wood
Oct 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting take on a zombie apocalypse. Lots of time travel stuff. But it’s really really really awful that the author decides that a teen taking a DRUG that most would get high off of would be the way she “sees” the future and it’s demise. And she takes the drug over and over and even steals for it. That is all I kept thinking about. But it’s fine....she’s saving the world, right??
Margaret Harp
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A surprise delight

I like dystopian books and this one was a really new twist on the genre. The only thing I didn't like is how the MC knew what she had to do but kept acting like a typical teen. But to be fair I think the author used that to show the conflict the MC had with everything going on.
Mar 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a full book!

This was a very good book and I definitely give it 4.5* if it I could and it was finished. Such a disappointment to be so caught up in a really good story and I'm reading an unfinished book.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

A dystopian tale, Alicia is a very believable character and the plot is exciting, with tension and uncertainty about exactly what she is getting into. The creatures are well described, especially the danger they present.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story

Nice work, I found this quite entertaining - I like the concept and the characters evolved nicely. The settings were realistic and everything moved along well so that I never got bored.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable time travel/post apocalyptic story. I thought the concept was original and I loved the author's writing. The characters were believable and the storyline was interesting and had me hooked from the beginning. Great start to a series. ...more
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