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Two best friends create a computer that can predict the future. But what they cant predict is how it will tear their friendshipand societyapart.

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 theyre betting everything that youll say yes, too. Welcome to The Future: a computer that
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 9th 2021 by Del Rey Books
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Blaine
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
So an antisocial introvert doing everything in his power to avoid the world  may have created a technology that will end up destroying it? Interesting. I have no further questions.
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If given the chance, I will always open Pandoras box.
Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for sending me an ARC of The Future Is Yours in exchange for an honest review.

Im always ready to read another time travel story. Ben Boyce and Adhi Chaudry have invented a quantum computer that can
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
There is too much Ready Player One vibes in this book, am I wrong?

Just like Haliday and Sorrentos entrepreneurship to create something unique to rock the world, Ben and Adhi leave their jobs to build a business from scratch by providing a groundbreaking device for the usage of consumers all around the world. And of course all those cultural references were mentioned have such resemblances with the same book.

This wasnt a unique or original read. But it was still gripping, exciting, balanced
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Montzalee Wittmann
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Future Is Yours by Dan Frey is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I found the concept of this book very intriguing and it opened up a lot of questions about what would happen if this was real. Those same questions are addressed in the book. The book is presented not in a novel format but as transcripts and notes. A unique way to tell the story but also the only flaw I found. It was a bit different to follow at times.
The story has two guys building a computer that
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Sylvain Neuvel
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you about your future. Youre going to love this book. A fascinating premise, brilliantly executed. THE FUTURE IS YOURS is a thrilling scifi adventure you simply cant put down and a masterful modern take on the epistolary novel. ...more
Jordy’s Book Club
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
QUICK TAKE: cool concept (tech bros invent essentially a time machine that allows them to see one year into the future) and I loved how creative the author is in telling the story through emails, transcripts, letters, etc. That being said, I had some problems with the story structure and character decisions, and have I mentioned time travel makes me go cross-eyed with confusion almost every single time. Fast read for fans of the genre, otherwise at your own risk.
Bandit
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Future is yoursif you can afford it. Because its now a technology, not even a near future Future tech, but present day, the novel takes place in 2020/2021. Which is when two bro cliches, an entrepreneur and a computer wiz, comes up with a device that can make computers communicate with their future versions going forward up to one year. Imagine knowing immediate outcome of your every action and decision, every winning lottery number, every investment, every major political decision. People ...more
Karen’s Library
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, netgalley
Full review to come, but wow! This book gave me chills at the end and is my favorite read of 2020 so far!!
Crystal Zavala
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Future Is Yours told epistolary style using emails, texts, blog posts, transcripts, and news articles. I am a huge fan of this style of writing. It also includes photos and diagrams that really add to the novel. Depending on how the audiobook is done, I probably wouldn't recommend that route.

For the first half of the book, I was fully invested in Ben Boyce and Adhi Chaudry's story and invention. I really thought this book would rival Dark Matter or Recursion. It started to fall flat when I
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Kristy
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-ebooks, 2020
Big thanks to Netgalley for this advance copy! I love books that are told in a non-traditional way. Im not a fan of reading a sentence then flipping to a footnote or endnote, but books like S. and Night Film and Attachments (and Rainbow Rowell in general) are really interesting reads because they are epistolary in nature, but also tell the story through multiple media forms. The Future is Yours is exactly same.

From Goodreads: Ben Boyce and Adhi Chaudry are outsiders struggling to find their
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Stacey Camp
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
**5/5 Stars**

Ill admit that I was going to put this down after the first few pages felt like it was yet another book about tech bros gone bad (or are they just all bad to begin with?!). But then I stuck with it for about 15 pages, and I was into it. And yes, I ended up giving this book a 5/5 stars rating despite my first few pages impression. Never judge a book by the first five pages!

What kept me reading Dan Freys The Future is Yours?


There are several things that kept me absolutely hooked to
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Angie Jenkins
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a story about if we should do things just because we can.

This book was a solidly enjoyable science fi trip, told in a mixed media epistolary format. I initially didnt know if I would feel connected to the characters, but I was pleasantly surprised. I also love found it interesting that one characters mental health was explored... but the blatant clinical presentation of the other was ignored- something that seemed like a purposeful nod to the way that society stigmatizes specific
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Andee
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Full review to come.
Pile By the Bed
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Time travel is one of the most persistent and fun tropes in science fiction. The list of time travel books, TV shows and movies is staggering - from HG Wells to Doctor Who to most recently, the mind-bendingly bizarre movie Tenet,. Into this crowded but seemingly inexhaustible field comes The Future Is Yours by Dan Frey. As with much science fiction, though, the time travel element is not point here, or at least not wholly the point as Frey takes on Silicon Valley, the venture capital industry, ...more
Elaine
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Title: The Future is Yours
Author: Dan Frey
Series: n/a
Pages: 352
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Date: February 9, 2021

Summary:

Two best friends create a computer that can predict the future. But what they cant predict is how it will tear their friendshipand societyapart.

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 theyre betting everything that youll say yes, too. Welcome to The Future: a computer that connects to
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Kerry
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for ARC of The Future is Yours in exchange for an honest review.

Trying to get my head around the tech concepts in this book at times made my mind feel like a pretzel. But in a good way. I read quite a bit of science fiction. I thought I'd read many of the storylines that are commonly used but this, like the book, The Immortals, asked the question' "do we really want to know what the future holds". and what would we do with the information if we had it. This story revolves
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Jo Beth
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review: The Future Is Yours by Dan Frey

Thank you to NetGalley and Del Rey for offering me this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Ever since I started reading this book, I have asked everyone I have talked to, If you could look into the future one year, would you? Surprisingly, everyone I asked (albeit not a large number of people) said they would not be interested in seeing the future. I agree with them. And the longer I read, the more I am sure that I would not want to access any future
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Jacqui
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Anyone for a peek into the future?
Ben and Ahdi were varsity buddies where strange circumstances brought them closer together. Adhi had a quantum computing idea for his dissertation about having a computer talk to itself one year into the future, thus being able to allow the user to see into the future, and now that Ben has studied it, he is convinced he can market the idea. Things start to go a little wobbly when personal feelings interfere with their project and suddenly what was supposed to be
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Edwin Howard
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE FUTURE IS YOURS, by Dan Frey, is about Ben, a charismatic leader, and Adhi, a brilliant introvert, who have been close friends since college. They start a company based on a theoretical paper Adhi wrote in grad school about looking into the future. They build a Prototype, find investors and start to experiment with how to look into the future and how to relate to the present when the future is already written. As the company matures and Ben and Adhi become wrapped up in what will happen, ...more
Aimee (Book It Forward)
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! I had a hard time putting it down in fact. The story was exciting, and the main characters were brilliant but flawed human beings. The concept of seeing ones future is always a curious adventure. At our core, I think most of us would agree that we would want a glimpse to see what our future has in store for us. But to do so would truly present us with a conundrum. Does knowing our future set us on an inevitable path to whatever that future is supposed to be? Or can we ...more
Stephanie Tenyak
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought The Future is Yours was a creative plot that was entertaining to read. The story is relatively fast paced once it gets going and I finished it in a few hours.

This is an epistolary novel and while I think this makes for a unique reading experience and helps make it a quick read, it doesnt allow for much character development or depth. The characters are exactly who they started out as and the reader does not gain much insight into why choices are made. This also made it a bit difficult
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Coralee Hicks
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Future is Yours is all about tech gone mad. Frey's talents in screen writing and design, might have been the impetus leading to the epistolary style of this work. Told in a retrospective view, the emails, articles and data from Senate hearings allow the reader to reconstruct the rise and fall of a Silicon Valley company that changes the world. What if a device existed that would transmit information from the future to the present? What if a person knew when they would die? or what stock ...more
Jen
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
The future is a result of all the choices that you and others make; the idea of seeing a year in the future may be enticing but it has consequences in Dan Freys The Future is Yours.

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Seemingly unlikely best friends Ben Boyce, a charismatic, enthusiastic, and determined go-getter, and Adhi Chaudry, a hyper-intelligent, introverted, and inquiring mind, are struggling to make their mark in Silicon Valley
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Jackie Taylor
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to both NetGalley and Random House/Ballantine/Del Rey for allowing me to review an advance copy of Dan Freys debut novel, The Future is Yours.

The Future is Yours uses a compilation of Congressional testimony, text messages, Twitter responses, Reddit, emails, and various tech news articles to tell this incredibly thought-provoking story. Although this format is not unique and has been done many times before by countless authors, it somehow seems to work better for this particular novel
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Shane
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
disclaimer i received a copy of this book via random house publishing group - ballantine in exchange for an honest review.

make no mistake, dan frey is one of the authors to add to your to be read list in 2021. his new novel, the future is yours (publishing 02/09/2021), tells the story of ben boyce and adhi chaudry, friends since college, who can potentially change the entire world through the invention of a computer called 'the future'. with it, you can travel exactly one year into the future -
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Shelby
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you could look one year into your future would you?
If it were me, I think me being as curious as I am that I would absolutely have to!

Wow, I cant say enough how much I loved this book....and that fully took me by surprise because at first I honestly didnt think Id get into it. This book is written in exchanges of emails, texts, court documents, and even tumblr posts! That is something I havent seen in another book, so it took me a minute to get into but wow I got hooked strong.
I could not
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Jon
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I got an early electronic edition of this book through #Netgalley.
This is a super fast read. Not a narrative with dialogue, it chronicles the rise and increasingly unstable success and future of a Silicon Valley startup called "The Future", through a series of primary sources such as texts, e-mails, reports, and transcripts of Congressional hearings.
A forward thinking and brilliant student of Computer technology and his equally ambitious friend cum business partner team up to create a machine
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Tehteh
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow. This book is a banger, I tell you. There's a lot of themes crammed in these pages, from the dangers of technology, to mental health, friendship and human relationships in general, but it is done the right way.

Writing a book about two minority boys with several handicaps who not only excel at one of most prestigious universities but also endeavour to build a company that would change life and tech as we know it is a bold move.

Dropping names like they do here is even bolder. As is telling
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Danielle
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what the future holds for you? I have. During those moments where life seems the bleakest, I have often wondered, Where is the light at the end of this tunnel? In Dan Freys The Future is Yours, two best friends create a device, which has the ability to access information that will be published up to one year from the present moment. Empowered with knowledge of future events, the best friends then seek to answer the next logical question: can they change the future?

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Laurie Tell
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a difficult book to review. Do I review it from my personal point of view (not a fan) or from a potential sci-fi fan (you will love it)? Let's try both..

My personal thoughts. I thought the premise was really cool and I love time travel books. However, I think I can only comprehend going back in the past I think. When I read this (which might be one of my one future travel books) my mind spun. I got confused. (I assume thats part of the fun for sci-fi fans??) Also, I like to get absorbed
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Ema
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a breath of fresh air for an epistolary sci-fi novel! It stayed light hearted and breezy, even when the fate of the world was at stake.

I loved the way the characters all operated, and how easy it was to understand their motivations. Even in the longer segments of speech, I knew exactly who was speaking. The texts and emails all felt realistic and I had so much fun with the way the tone shifted--especially throughout their emails with investors.

The plot held together throughout with
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