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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'lThe 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'll get an exciting, interesting job. I'll meet the man of my dreams and we'll fall in love and stay together forever.But that all disappeared the first time I tripped 20 years into the future and found the houses burned, the handsome boys dead, and the only jobs were the ones young girls gave hairy old survivors in tents in exchange for a little food and water. Nobody asked little girls what they wanted to be when they grew up anymore. Nobody wanted to draw attention to the fact that most of them wouldn't live that long.There was no hope, no peace for anyone. At least I had it better than they did. When my trip was over, I would get to go back. Back to the normalcy of 2015. Back to iPhones and Twitter and buying so much food it went bad before you could eat it. Back to laughing over foamy cappuccinos and iced lattes at the mall, window shopping and flirting with hot guys (not that I ever did that, mind you - but I always wanted to). And I still could. That was the point. Unlike everybody else, for whom 2015 was 20 years ago - long before humanity was destroyed - it was my reality. At least, it was some of the time.But after seeing the future; after struggling to make it to the end of the day; after my first kill - none of those other things were the least bit enjoyable. All I could think when I got back to the real world, is how can I stop what's coming?Prescient is a young adult time-travel dystopia, this is Part One of the first book in the series....

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Number of Pages : 563 Pages
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prescient Reviews

  • Line Bookaholic
    2019-04-15 01:53

    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.

  • John
    2019-04-12 03:05

    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 subplots. We get resolutions to one or two minor "twists" that any reader could have already predicted 200 pages earlier. Its been over a year since this book was released and there is still no "part 2," which means there may never be a second book, or if one is released you may have forgotten about this story by then.The writing is decent, though I spotted numerous editing errors, but it was nothing too distracting. The characters were mostly cliched but the heroine was likable and the plot was good. I don't read too many books in this genre so it was all a breathe of fresh air and I found myself enjoying it. And just when things started to get interesting the book just... ends. Also I wanted to point out that the author doesn't know the difference between dystopic and post-apocalyptic. Half of this novel takes place in present day and the second half is in a post-apocalyptic setting in the aftermath of what was essentially a zombie outbreak. I'm bored with post apocalyptic zombie novels but this one was fine because it took a unique approach, but don't call it dystopic because that's just false advertising. The author claims he'll give you the rest of the book for free when it's released if you subscribe to his mailing list. But that was over a year ago and if you subscribe to kindle unlimited then it's already free. More false advertising. Avoid this book and this author since he appears to start lots of series and never finishes them.

  • sh(e)reader
    2019-03-23 23:07

    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 ahead.This had a definite non-GMO agenda. It reminded me of another book I read recently, Hunger - by Jeremiah Knight. In both stories, GMO foods lead to drastic changes in human DNA, making them into monsters (although "Hunger" is even more dramatic in changes to most plant and animal life as well). This does present as YA (as the title obviously indicates), yet more conservative parents may have issues with some content before recommending it to teens. There is partying, proFanity, and smoking a bong ... which is what leads our protagonist to her first "trip" into the future. Most time travel seems to be going back in time, so jumping forward was interesting. If the next book was available, I would have continued on immediately ...I see the author has written several "first" books ... as I reader I guess I wish a single series was actually complete. I did like this, but wonder if I'll remember what was happening by the time the next book comes out (and how many books are planned). I'll note this author and his other books to watch, but don't think I'll read them with cliffhangers instead of conclusions.

  • T.H. Hernandez
    2019-04-13 03:06

    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 affect Alicia in a way that allows her to time jump. At first, she believes she's dreaming, except it's far too real and she has lasting physical reminders of her journey. Of course her friends think she's crazy at first, but soon they're on board. However, the more time Alicia spends in the future and the people she meets there, she's less sure disrupting the future and preventing their existence is something she wants to do.PlotThe story is well-plotted and intriguing. It's a little slow in a couple of spots early on, but more than makes up for it later. As Alicia navigates her two worlds, more than a few twists are thrown her, and the reader's, way, adding complexity and intrigue. My only real complaint is that although this is the first book in the series, it just sort of ends. Not on a cliffhanger, but more like in the middle of the story. I kept trying to swipe my Kindle to see if there were more pages, because surely that couldn't be the end.CharactersMost of the characters were interesting enough, but this is really a plot-driven story, so they don't have a lot of depth. I don't know if that's all that necessary in this type of book, though. Alicia is well-rounded enough as the protagonist, so I was able to overlook the lack of depth in the supporting characters.What I Enjoyed About PRESCIENT1. Premise. Time travel is my favorite genre of all time.2. Alicia. She's a strong female lead, and although she's written by a male, she comes off completely female.3. Zombies. While they're not called that, it's what they are and including them in this dystopian adventure was pure genius.4. World Building. The author does a decent job of setting up the rules for his world. I look forward to exploring more in the next book in the series.5. Twists. Loved all the twists and turns. Some I saw coming, but most I didn't.Bottom LineA fun, unique time travelling dystopian zombie adventure.

  • Tracey Madeley
    2019-04-11 23:44

    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 superficial. Her crush seems to extend from Brett to Jake with no reason as to what qualities she admires in either of them. Brett’s decision to leave his current girlfriend is understandable as she is being mean, but why he chooses Alicia is totally unknown. Is it just because she has suggested his father may be corrupt? Her relationship with her best friend Crys appears to be based on boyfriends and make up and while this is perfectly acceptable for teenagers, there should be more to their friendship than this. Arguably she is the person she confides in when she starts having the dreams and she is there to help hr solve them, but I don’t see what the basis of their friendship rests on. Perhaps she supported her when her mum died? A little bit of backstory would help the reader.In the future her relationship with Tracy and Jake is very superficial. There is more chemistry between her and Jake and perhaps a greater bond borne out of fighting together for a common cause, but we know very little about him and how the relationship has developed in the past. The reader does not see Tracy being convinced in the past, or learn the moment when things changed for him.For me this is a good premise, but the details need fleshing out of how the reader gets from A to B. There are too many unanswered questions and gaps in the narrative. The ending is interesting and leads on well to the next book in the series.

  • Roo I MacLeod
    2019-04-19 01:57

    I'm so dizzyA good story with a different take on time travel. I enjoyed it. A good female lead and a satisfying ending.

  • Rizzie
    2019-04-04 22:07

    [This book was given to me as a gift courtesy of the author.]I read the updated version of Prescient, which is now titled Prophet of Doom. Prophet of Doom is about a teenage girl who tries some crack with a group of friends at a party. But little does she know that this isn't any normal type of weed; this gives her the ability to travel into the future. That's pretty sick, but she doesn't get to enjoy her new special thang, because what she finds in thefuture isn't a pretty picture. This is when shizzle gets real. What she finds in the future is a whole ruin of destruction, zombies (called mods), and craziness, and Alicia is the only one who can fix it...Now I'm not usually one for zombie novels cause it's like they all end in the same way, survival of the fittest, find other survivors, don't get eaten, don't stay out at dark, yada yada yada. But that wasn't really the case with this one, I mean yeah the mods trie to kill you, and you can't go out at dark and all that, but, the story wasn't solely focused on that. Mr.Murphy has created a captivating and unique story that places you in the future and present. I mean really, using crack to time travel?!? 😰😃 I didn't reach not one point in the book where it lacked my interest. All of the characters were good as well, but Jake was my favourite. He was so protective and kind to Alicia, even though she kept secrets from him and was different from his era. Cyrs, her best friend was so supportive though everything, even when they fought on more than one occasion, her and Alicia still made up. And then there's Brett, the son of the mad scientist, which Alicia has a liking to. The story was even more interesting because you had to connect the present with the the future. Basically Alicia would go into the future and talk with her future friends, and they would explain to her that she set all of these schemes up before time and... ok, it's hard to explain, just please read the story. I didn't explain this earlier, but the reason why the future went down in the dust, and mostly everyone turned into zombies, was because of Kyle the mad scientist, and his genetically modified food (GMO). There was an altercation in one of the foods that they genetically induced which then shifted a gene in the human body...Now just think about it, GMO is a real substance, you see it on maybe 65%of the foods we eat today. What if... you get what I'm saying right? 😮Nah, no way, this is only a fictional made up story for the mere purposes of entertaining readers like us... right?

  • Topsues
    2019-04-19 00:56

    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 the story unfolds. It is written mainly In the first person of the main character which I prefer. The characters were believable, I was able to form each of their descriptions in my minds eye. The most exceptional characters are the most interesting, even so, you are given enough tidbits about the other characters as and when needed as the story progresses. At the beginning some readers may be offended and not like the drug references, to me however it is an integral part of the story, and is in no way described as a drug addict or reference any drug abuse whatsoever, so if you are able to move through that and start grasping the author's intent, you will understand even if you disagree the start of a great story that gives you mystery, suspense, uncertainty, adventure, terror, heartbreak alongside friendship, confidence, exhilarating, bravery acceptance, thrilling all alongside the innocence of first love. There are many other situations on this journey and each page kept me wanting to read until it ended, but some sleep interrupted my flow. The author also instilled in me the emotions running through the characters themselves, which to me is a great quality as this talent makes you able to feel how the characters feel inside and enhances the storyline. This book is thrilling, exciting and has a unique storyline and I would definitely recommend anyone to give it a chance, however like me you might be biting your nails for a while until book 2 is released. Please D.S.Murphy let's hope this is soon

  • Nick Nielsen
    2019-04-08 00:52

    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 books). The plot was deep and dark and exciting, but nothing too intense for a 14-year-old. The romance angle was done well, and was pretty innocent for the most part. Much more emotional and angsty than physical, which, again, is appropriate for the ages of the characters.A few decisions by the main character (Alicia) bothered me. First, I feel like she should have told her dad what was going on. He was obviously involved to a certain degree because of the riddled history that unfolds over the course of the book. I feel as though he would have believed Alicia and could have helped. At the very least it would have gotten them on the same page so that he wasn't worried about Alicia getting into drugs or other imaginary dangers. Perhaps I'm being naive, though, being a parent and feeling like he could have helped. Another irritating decision is that Alicia ignores a couple of her own warnings to herself. If I found a note from myself saying "Don't trust so-and-so" I'd try to get to the bottom of it ASAP, and I certainly wouldn't trust so-and-so! Irritating, but perhaps in-character for Alicia.Anyway, the book was good, and a quick read. By the time I was about 88% through the book I was irritated about a couple plot points, but I had no problem zipping through the end of the book. As others have said, it is a bit of a cliffhanger. I hope the next one comes out soon, or else the plotline will fade off into memory.

  • Liquid Frost
    2019-04-07 02:47

    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.You will get a satisfying story out of this, but of course there is don't expect finality.A little jarring, but I understand the marketing - immediately after the end, you are directed to get one more chapter (epilogue) for free after you are data-mined and sign up for a newsletter or something. I'd rather have the epilogue as there is a build-up, climax, and boom. Done.Note to author: Pick a name and stick with it. The flip-flop spelling of Crys and Chrys is annoying as hell. Super easy to fix. I'm shocked this book has been out since 1 April 2016 without this being noted and corrected.3.6/5 Stars

  • Mandy Peterson
    2019-04-08 00:56

    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 dystopia, I followed Alicia on this crazy ride. It's full of twists and turns while remaining understandable and relatable. I can't wait for book two!

  • Lisa
    2019-04-07 02:48

    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 fantastic.The book does end with a cliff hanger but since the first part of the story is established, it didn't seem too bad to stop where it did.

  • Azinad
    2019-04-10 02:08

    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!

  • Tashia
    2019-04-11 01:46

    Omg Need MoreOMG, I need to know what happens. Did she follow through with the murder? How is she going to change the future? This was so great. I want to read the rest as you are left with a major cliffhanger.

  • Strawser-McNamee Family
    2019-03-28 21:47

    OMG!!! I need book 2 STAT! This book was amazing! I could see Brett taking his dads place early on, but can’t wait to see why he stepped into those shoes knowing what he knew. I hurt for Chrys and Cody, hope we can find a way to save them!!

  • Zoe
    2019-03-27 23:00

    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.

  • dawn lynn cline
    2019-04-04 22:57

    Interesting storyGood 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

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-29 03:51

    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.

  • Sue
    2019-04-23 03:41

    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.

  • Marinda Peterson Waid
    2019-04-08 21:50

    Awesome 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

  • Janette
    2019-04-22 00:43

    Good storyNice 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.

  • Amanda Birnie
    2019-03-27 04:11

    A trippy ride into a broken futureI 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.

  • Kathy Gray
    2019-04-08 00:50

    Reading and reviewing books Great version of what might be an explanation for the end of humanity as it is today and how fast things can happen

  • Jackie
    2019-04-09 22:09

    Interesting time travel story with great characters. Wished the book could be a bit longer, because all of a sudden the story's done and you wish there was more. Appreciated the chance to review

  • Dee Leonard
    2019-04-01 19:43

    I couldn't put this down!I loved this book! The characters are believable and the story sucks you right in! I cannot wait until book two!

  • Jessica
    2019-03-26 02:55

    Great bookGood reads giveaway. I loved reading this. It drew me in and left me wondering what next. I will be reading the rest of this series

  • Sharon Phelps
    2019-04-03 22:43

    The only reason I deduct a star is because this is a partial book. The story is compelling and fascinating to read. Quick paced and well written with characters that are believable and well developed. It was a quick read and came to an end way to soon leaving me dangling over an unwanted cliff. Unfortunately. experience with this format of writing has led me to discover that when I pick the book back up again (when more is released) I just don't have that same level of enthusiasm for the story as I did before and if it comes out in pat three it is down right old. I like to read my book through to the end

  • Carolina
    2019-03-28 21:52

    I love sci-fi and I can’t resist a time travel story, so I read a lot of it. However, I’ve never seen anyone travel to the future by getting high. That is so cool! I love how it plays with the ritual/tradition of doing drugs to get visions of the future that exists in so many cultures and myths. It’s a very nice approach.After her first vision of the crappy future ahead, Alicia tries to understand what happened to her and how it works. With the help of her friends she searches for answers and a way to stop what’s coming. She’s a strong heroine who stands up for herself and holds her ground in the middle of all the questions and doubts she faces. She’s brave, determined and smart.The plot is twisty and has a lot of cool revelations, some more predictable than others. It’s fast-paced and keeps you wanting more and more until you reach the end without realizing it.I do have a small problem with the science. And it’s not the time travel thing, it’s the GMO thing. GMO’s aren’t evil and don’t cause mutations in who eats them. They aren’t any worse for you than regular food. If anything, they’re healthier. And they allow us to have grow food in regions where we couldn’t do it before.Also, you can’t turn a human into something else in a few days. You’d have to get the mutation to millions of cells and they would have to change, which takes a lot of time and energy. When the DNA is mutated, it doesn’t turn anyone into a monster; usually it causes cancer. It’s not stated that this is what happens in the story, but it’s implied and I didn’t like that.I really loved the story and the characters (I want to get to know them better). It’s awesome! I want to see how it all plays out. I can’t wait for part 2!

  • Angel Leya
    2019-04-07 00:11

    **This book has been renamed Prophet of Doom: Delphi Chronicles Book One**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 to?The story is incredible. I've read a few of the author's books, and of all that I read, this is the series I'm hoping he finishes first. There are so many great twists, and the author's take on an apocalyptic future and how it's achieved is wild. Really gripping and gut-wrenching, a true page-turner.Fair warning, though - the book includes several elements that may not be appreciated - like smoking a pot-like plant, a fair amount of cussing, and a near rape situation (seems to be a common element in the author's writing). It's worth it for the story, though, if you're not easily offended.

  • Monica
    2019-03-24 03:06

    Skeptic ReaderI choose only a 2 star rating after I read 1st half release of Prescient. Originally I gave it 5 stars. This second half seemed sloppily thrown together compared to the first part. Im still not even sure if the book is complete. It still had tons of typographical errors and I was very disappointed. I was really looking forward to its completion in whole. Usually authors include the Epilogue inside their books. This is a creep way to make more money off the same book. By selling it in parts it takes away from the overall experience of a great read. I now have to hunt down an Epilogue?? Ridiculous. This author seems more intetested in taking advantage of his readers time and money. Im not really interested in an anti climactic ending that has a detached epilogue. Waste of time. Probably wont read anymore of his books if they are set up similar to Prescient's design. Im a serious reader and im seriously disappointed as a fan. Teenagers may be a good audience. Its not worth buying though. I prefer to pay for my books once. I wont waste time again on a wild goose chase finding chunks of a book.