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Author: A. S. King Narrator: Christine Lakin Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781478902461
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In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A. S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last—a girl who has no idea that the future needs her and that the present needs her even more.

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities—but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way, until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You won’t be able to put down this futuristic story about a girl who starts having visions of both the past and the future—in which she sees an end to women’s rights and a civil war between sexes.”

    Teen Vogue

  • “Glory is a wry, occasionally acerbic narrator, exhibiting the balance of truth telling and blindness so common to smart teens. In trademark King style, the chapters alternate between daily life and troubled future, despair and humor, rage and acceptance.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “A novel full of provocative ideas and sharply observed thoughts about the pressures society places on teenagers, especially girls.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Imbuing Glory’s narrative with a graceful, sometimes dissonant combination of anger, ambivalence, and hopefulness that resists tidy resolution, award-winning King presents another powerful, moving, and compellingly complex coming-of-age story.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “King returns with another wholly original work of magical realism. Beautifully strange, entirely memorable.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “As with King’s other protagonists, Glory’s narration is simultaneously bitter, prickly, heartbreaking, inwardly witty and utterly familiar.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The characters will stay with readers long after they finish the novel….Highly recommended.”


  • “From the moment Glory O’Brien and her friend, Ellie, drink beer mixed with petrified bat ashes, an incredible transformation occurs. ‘We could see the future. We could see the past. We could see everything.’ Narrator Christine Lakin makes the magical sound reasonable. When Glory was four, her mother committed suicide. Now, with high school graduation near, Glory is listless, with no plans for her future. Lakin delivers Glory’s first-person narration with all her teenaged poignancy and pathos in place. Glory foresees a dystopian future, a rigid, restrictive nightmare in which a misogynistic government is in power, young women are sold, and women have few rights. Glory writes it all down, determined to awaken society from its lethargy. Lakin’s sincere, intelligent performance makes it believable.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, October 2014
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Teen Book of 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

A. S. King is the award-winning author of eight acclaimed novels for young adults. Her novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz earned a 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor and Ask the Passengers won the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The New York Times called her “one of the best YA writers working today.” King lives with her family in Pennsylvania, where she returned after living on a farm and teaching adult literacy in Ireland for more than a decade.

About the Narrator

Christine Lakin is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and acclaimed television actress, best known for her roles as Alicia “Al” Lambert on the hit family comedy Step by Step and as Joan of Arc on Showtime’s Reefer Madness.