February 18, 2016

OFFICIAL BOOK SOUNDTRACK: Where Futures End by @ParkerPeevy @PenguinTeen

Author: Parker Peevyhouse
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Publication Date: 2/9/16
Genre: Sci-Fi/Young Adult

Book Summary:
Five teens. Five futures. Two worlds. One ending.

One year from now, Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world.

Ten years from now, Brixney must get more hits on her social media feed or risk being stuck in a debtors’ colony.

Thirty years from now, Epony scrubs her entire online profile from the web and goes “High Concept.”

Sixty years from now, Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard.

And more than one hundred years from now, Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all. 

Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior—unless it’s too late.

***Official Book Soundtrack***

  1. Lost Boy, Ruth B

"‘Run, run, lost boy,’ they say to me, ‘away from all of reality.’”

WHERE FUTURES END starts with Dylan, who has a sneaking suspicion he spent part of his childhood in a magical land like Neverland or Narnia or Wonderland. Now he’s trying to live in the real world but feels like he can’t cut it. He’s a “lost boy” who wouldn’t mind running away, as the song says.

  1. Come With Me, Echosmith
“Come with me and I'll take you away if you'll let me.”

Dylan falls for a girl from school who seems to understand him like no one else does—but who is also his brother’s girlfriend. It might be easier for Dylan to escape back into the magical land he found as a child, where the Girl Queen waits for him…

  1. Cameras, Matt and Kim
“No time for cameras, we’ll use our eyes instead.”

Nine years after Dylan’s story ends, Brixney’s every move is recorded by the cameras that blanket the restaurant where she works. She could be like the customers who perform for the cameras, hoping they’ll find Internet fame. But part of her longs for something real.

  1. Reflektor, Arcade Fire
“We fell in love, alone on a stage, in the reflective age.”

Brixney tries to create a scene for the cameras with a customer, Michael, a strange boy who’s been looking for someone named Dylan for years. All the while, Brixney might be making a deeper connection with Michael then she means to. “Reflektor” is a good soundtrack for this story because the song seems to be all about how hard it is to create genuine relationships in the age of cameras.

  1. Royals, Lorde
“But every song's like: gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the bathroom.”

Thirty years from now, Epony has a hard time connecting to the Internet-obsessed pop culture of her time. She lives in a tiny town, and it’s about to be flooded when the levees break. Her only hope for sponsored relocation to better parts is to find a way to market her singing skills to a public she doesn’t understand. “Royals” captures the same vibe of feeling left out of what everyone else is into.

  1. Not Gonna Get Us, Tatu
“They don't understand, they don't understand us.”

This song actually inspired Epony’s story. Like the group who sings it, Tatu, Epony puts on an elaborate hoax, pretending to be in a forbidden relationship in order to capture the public’s attention. She poses as someone from another world and pretends to be in love with the very boy she has secretly already given her heart to. I actually used this Tatu lyric in the story, except that I changed it to, “They won’t understand this.”

  1. Castle, Halsey
“Tired of all these cameras flashing, sick of being poised.”

Epony soon realizes that she’s made a deal with the devil: she has to perform constantly, since her life is broadcast on the Internet almost full-time. She starts to think about escaping from her contract, but that would mean losing everything, including the boy she loves. The dark frustration in Halsey’s voice matches the way Epony feels.

  1. Devil Town, Bright Eyes
“I was living in a devil town.”

Decades later, Seattle has become chronically overcrowded, the gathering place for those interested in the Other Place. Reef lives on the streets, dodging criminals and trying to make a living playing a virtual reality game projected onto Seattle’s buildings. I can picture Reef singing this song while having a drink with his best friend, Olly.

  1. Breaking Hearts, James Vincent McMorrow
“I’m gonna find a city, call the streets my own.”

Reef falls for Cadence, who dreams of getting out of Seattle and finding a better place to call home. Suddenly, Reef cares more about helping her than about watching his back…

  1. Elastic Heart, Sia
“Well, I've got thick skin and an elastic heart.”

Reef starts to feel like he’s letting down everyone who’s counting on him, including Cadence and Olly. His rough life might have taught him to have thick skin, but his heart might not bounce back from the trouble he’s putting it through.

  1. Trust Me, The Fray
“I found a friend or should I say a foe.”

One hundred years from now, Quinn lives in the woods near an apocalyptic ruin. When she journeys out on a rite of passage, she meets a boy who claims to be from another world, a world she has heard stories about. But Quinn knows the stories well enough to realize the boy isn’t who he says he is. Is he friend or foe?

  1. Up up up, Waters
“We kept waiting for something to save us, for ‘I'll save you’ to show up, up, up, up, up, up, up, up.”

Quinn’s world is in trouble. She could hope for someone else to save it—or she could take up the burden herself. Although Quinn’s story is full of difficult choices, I like to think Quinn is a strong, hopeful hero whose courage fits with the oddly upbeat sound of this song.

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