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(Delphi Chronicles #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  75 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.
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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 ...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 ...more
Line Bookaholic
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
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
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 ...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
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!!
Dec 23, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
FREE on Amazon today (12/23/2017)! ...more
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.
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
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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
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 ...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
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.

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
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
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!
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.
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??
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
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.
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!
Amanda Birnie
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A trippy ride into a broken future

I really enjoyed this fast paced read. Lots of twists & turns no doubt with more to come in book 2. It's aimed at young adult readers but older readers who enjoy dystopian fiction will still enjoy this book.
Marinda Peterson Waid
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I really liked this story . To be able to go into the futurevafter smoking some funky weed would be great . But I'd be super jacked when I saw who was responsible for real . Lol
dawn lynn cline
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting story

Good characters and plot. It builds up with enough detail to give you an idea of what's going on, who is, or you think is, the bad guy....twists and turns ....I enjoyed it
Maureen Hoar
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost gave up

This was really slow to start for me. I was having a hard time connecting with Leah. She's a wallflower. I still don't know why she can do all she does. There was no explanation. Putting that aside, I kept going and was glad i did. The plot kind of just takes off. I couldn't put it down. Still would like to know why she is the only one that can "see" and her other gifts. Also,what a superficial idiot Brett is. I think the author tried too hard to ship Leah and Brett. I didn't buy
Claire Rowan
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome and so imaginative! I can't wait to read future renditions.

I like the uniqueness of the story and recommend it for my daughter who likes sci-fi. Can't wait to see how the story formulates and concludes.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Wow! I couldn't put this book down! The twists keep you on your toes. Action packed! Makes you think and consider the possibilities. It's going to be difficult to wait for the next book!
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.
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