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Future Imperfect

(Future Imperfect #1)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Ade Patience can see the future and it's destroying his life. When the seventeen-year-old Mantlo High School student knocks himself unconscious, he can see days and decades into his own future. Ade's the best of Denver's "divination" underground and eager to join the heralded Mantlo Diviners, a group of similarly enabled teens. Yet, unlike the Diviners, Ade Patience doesn
Paperback, 310 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Brianna (The Book Vixen)
Nov 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2011, _cb
Review copy provided via LibraryThing Early Reviewers

Why I Read this Book: The premise for Future Imperfect caught my attention. Ade possesses an interesting supernatural power of seeing the future when knocked unconscious. Things are pretty crazy for Ade because he purposely gets himself knocked out, by any means necessary, to get the high he feels when he’s unconscious and on a future-glimpsing trip.

What I Liked: This book had an interesting premise but the book went downhill once I learned wh
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Creative idea but disjointed execution

In K. Ryer Breese’s debut novel, FUTURE IMPERFECT, Ade Patience is a guy who gets high in a very unusual way: he bashes in his head. Though most consider him a freak, Ade knows his dangerous addiction allows him to see into his own future. When one of his predictions comes true and he meets beautiful Vauxhall, Ade expects things to get better. But Vaux has an addiction of her own, and their problems bring them close to a dangerous version of the future. Ade
Angie Smith
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-ya
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads and first off I have to say WOW, What a ride! This was a great YA book. It is unlike anything I have read before. I have a few problems with the book but if you let yourself be taken in by the story you will enjoy the book immensely. The second half of the book was my favorite and there are some great twist and things you don't see coming. The ending was great and I loved it.

My main complaint about the book is that it the first half of the book is so di
Mar 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi-dystopia
Future Imperfect started off decent, but quickly went downhill. Ade can see the future, but only when he gives himself a concussion. This concussion also gives him a high that he's become addicted to. The worse the concussion, the stronger the high. This distracted me almost immediately. I loved that Ade could see the future. I loved that the novel began with his with his writing to different "experts" trying to find out why he couldn't change what he saw. I very much loved that he continued to ...more
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2011
I won this ARC through the goodreads giveaway, and I had no idea of what to expect. Honestly, I really liked Future Imperfect...and maybe even loved it. I love the narrator, Ade, and almost want to compare his smartass inner dialogue to Holden Caulfield...almost. And I only say almost because I feel badly for HC, whereas, Ade makes me laugh but then want to kick him in the head a couple times (though, he'd probably like that).

Ade Patience can see the future, but his visions only come to him from
Britney Holt
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was different from anything that I've read before. You will not be sorry that you read this book I swear. I was on the edge of my seat with every page because I didn't know what was going to happen. I couldn't put the book down until I finished all of it. I loved it so much that I finished it in one day.
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a constant adrenaline rush. Fact is: I love it! :)

*won from Goodreads.
You ever read something for the heck of it and then regret it immediately, but you can't stop because it's like watching a trainwreck happening in slow motion? This is it.

The concept was interesting enough, but the fact that Ade could never come up with a way to "safely" get knocked out kept bothering me too much. I know it's unrealistic to expect something realistic out of books like this (the genre itself), but it was still too much. It's not just even about how banged up and scarred he'd be
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story has a really unique idea and plot. Positives: interesting almost all the way through, and some good plot twist thrown in. Negatives: the characters weren't very likable, and the ending was super out of nowhere convenient.
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
It started off interesting enough to keep me wanting to find out what happens next. Ade Patience can see his future (and only his) if he is knocked out. Addicted to the "high" he gets after seeing the future, Ade spends countless days trying to look into the future. That means, throwing himself off buildings head first, getting beat up by anyone willing to fight him, car crashes, etc. It starts off with several painful scenes as Ade tries to get his next "high." I thought this idea was unique an ...more
Alex Connolly
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese is YA novel about a boy who can see the future, but to do so he needs to be knocked out. And after seeing the future he experiences the Buzz, and that is all he cares about until (you guessed it) a girl comes into his life.

The book isn’t bad, and you are so easily drawn into the world of Mantlo and the characters in the life of Ade Patience, our protagonist. I found myself unable to put it down when I actually sat down to read, regardless of what was going on.
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ade Patience is he King of Concussions. Whenever he gets knocked out he can see the future. Other students at Mantlo High thinks he's one step short of the Special Ed classes, and his best friend calls him selfish. Now Ade can't see thing that happen to other people, so it's not like he knocks himself out to be helpful to others. Ade just wants the high that he get after he's had a vision. Ade is a junkie, an addict. He has been crushed by his visions before. He has tried and failed at changing ...more
Nov 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Ade sees the future. Unfortunately the only way he can see that glimpse is through having a massive concussion. Oh sure, it used to be easier, but as time has passed Ade has had to go to greater and greater lengths to get that peek into the future. Even worse? He's addicted to the high that only that can produce. This is the character that we follow through Future Imperfect and I'm not kidding when I say that his head is a very strange place to be. Ade is like a walking case study for addicts. A ...more
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: blog
Originally reviewed on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing, in a combined review post with The Snowball Effect;

Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese was a really hard book for me. Honestly, I don't think I have a single positive thing to say about this book, so I shall try to make my review brief.

Every single character in this book was trashy, crazy and strung out throughout most of the book. The only semi normal character is Ade's best friend Paige, but she isn't given a lot of face time
La Femme Readers
Apr 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, let's start off by saying this novel is definitely out there. Now, for the breakdown -- Ade could see the future. How? By giving himself concussions and a whole lot of hospital visits. Yes, normalcy just went out the window. Seeing the future would be an amazing gift. Putting my life in jeopardy to see the future is definitely not worth it. But, who am I to judge? I guess knowing the future has the ability to drive a person mad, especially when you can't change it. Besides Ade's unusual be ...more
Lindsay Paige
Title Thoughts: I think it fits well.
Cover Thoughts: I kind of like it.
WARNINGS: There's cuss words here and there.

I liked this book. At first, it was hard to read because Ade keeps doing crazy stuff to get a concussion so he can get high from his visions of the future. We see weird things, a mystery, in his visions. When Vauxhall enters the picture, things pick up and slow down at the same time. They pick up because things happen besides Ade banging his head and seeing the future. They keep t
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Why I read this: The plot seemed intriguing and I'm always looking for new debut authors to read. :)

Plot: This book takes you on a wild ride. From Ade's point of view, his life is just about to finally begin on a certain day. The day he meets the girl he dreamed of two years ago. This book takes you around twists and turns and introduces a type of power that is addictive and harmful, but serves a purpose. Definitely a book that is left a little open for maybe more to come, but wrapped up enough
Jamie (LadyJai) Dement
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won an Advanced Uncorrected Copy of this from GoodReads. I will ignore those grammatical errors which I saw, which weren't too many, and reserve judgement. :) (I'm sure the copy editor will catch them before release)

So, on with the review.

Written for the young adult audience, the language used was quite unique to me. I've never really read a book that went directly into the head of the person and pretty much read like he spoke. For me, this was an interesting experience. I am one who tries to
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
Future Imperfect is a much darker novel than I thought it would be. Although Ade has a unnatural physic addiction, the novel could just as well be about drug, alcohol, smoking, and sex addictions. Breese took the story of a teenage boy with a rough life and messed up classmates and twisted it into a warped paranormal tale.

Ade, the narrator, is a very personal character. His every thought is recorded in the novel, and the language is that of a teenage boy. The reader is sucked into his world and
Feb 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, 11
I really wanted to like this story. I read plenty of YA, and I understand that the majority of teenagers in this country are self-absorbed and neurotic. But these characters are ALL messed up, every single one. You start to wonder if any of them are worth caring about. [return][return]My main complaint with the story is that our poor, broken hero really ought to have come up with safer ways of going unconscious than getting the crap beaten out of himself on a regular basis. I suppose that an add ...more
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
At first I hated this book. It's about a teenager, Ade, who can see the future (which is cool), but he has to get a concussion in order to do it. So the beginning of the book describes various ways in which he gets concussions to see the future and it is quite repulsive. Besides being repulsive, it just didn't make sense that he would not have been put in a mental hospital. That being said, Ade's relationship with his father was quite interesting given that his father is in a coma. Also, I like ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Alright, I'll go straight into it and say this is just like The Butterfly effect but even more messed up. Ade knocks himself unconscious just to see the future. He see's the girl who he is suppose to fall in love with and waits for her. Vauxhall also has ad addiction of her own and see some really bad things. Ade must figure out who the mysterious stranger he see's in his future before its too late.

I did not like this book as much as I wanted to. For me, everything in it was too much. Too mess u
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I had gotten a proof copy of this a while go and try to go back to it and read it but the main character is maddening and I don't really enjoy it. Finally got around to reading it, and while the premise is there: A boy who can see the future as the risk of a future of his own. He can only gain it while causing damage to his self, mostly through concussions. When the girl who he has seen before in his visions shows up he realizes it's his chance to finally get his act together.

There were just so
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Future Imperfect is a very unique idea told through a fresh narrator. The guy's voice was nailed in my opinion and his life was so bizarre that I just couldn't put the story down.
Even though it's fantasy/paranormal some of the stunts were too wild and I think that he would have ended up even more beaten up (or dead) rather than just getting a concussion.
I didn't really like the letters that were in the book, I would've appreciated it more if there were answers. I understand that it's anothe
Jean V. Naggar Literary
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“[An] inventive debut...This psychic love story has an offbeat appeal...Memorable characters and a superhero comic sensibility.” --Publishers Weekly

“A slick, fast-paced thriller with a comic-book aesthetic...The pace is cinematic, with short chapters, short sentences, snappy banter and Ade's cool, careening narration...For fans of action movies and anti-hero comics.” --Kirkus

“Teenaged soothsayer Ade Patience is one of the coolest narrators I've come across in a long time, and oh man does he have
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this as a first reads on goodreads. I found it an ok read kinda strange and weird at times. Ade sees the future when he knocks his self unconscious. He falls in love with a girl he seen in the future. She has even bigger issues than him. His mother takes the crazy award. She is fine with him jumping off buildings crashing cars, whatever it takes to see the future. Why because she thinks they are visions from God. This book has lots of turns and twists but is weird most of the time. If you ...more
catherine james
Full disclosure: I received an ARC from Library Thing.

I didn't get far in my ARC copy. I couldn't figure out how a guy who kept nearly killing himself in order to see future events in his life, expected to even have a future. Couple that with falling for a girl simply because he'd "seen" it in a vision and continuing to carry a torch despite her penchant for hooking up with anything male, bipedal and breathing - seriously? Sorry, this just hit so many shades of bad I gave up somewhere around cha
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I won this from Goodreads First Reads!!!!

I really liked the idea of this book but I really didn't care for the writing. Other than the writing I really liked this book it was very interesting and it was pretty funny.

This book is about a guy named Ade who can see the future when he gets knocked out. He has a couple of rules that he has made himself. The most important one is that he can never change the future. But he tries to change that rule.

Overall this book was pretty good.
Book Sp(l)ot
I'm having trouble getting into this book. The premise is interesting (and the way Ade goes about seeing the future is most definitely different, to say the least), though.

I think that I'm going to put it aside for a while and pick it up when I have less books that need to be read and see if I can get more into it--because I would like to see where it goes.
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: b
A really interesting idea, but the book didn't go the way I thought it would. There's nothing wrong with that, though. It was suprising that many people in the book knew about Ade's gift. You usually don't see that. I probably would have liked it better had the ending been explained a bit more. It intrigued me enough to read the sequel when it comes out.
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K. Ryer Breese lives in Denver. He’s worked as a clinical researcher, a short order chef, a film critic, a patient advocate, and a teacher. He does not, as far as he knows have an super powers but he has had three concussions.

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