Seventeen-year-old Olivia Dresden is a precognitive. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can see the way for everyone to be their best self-if only they would make the right decisions. No one is more conflicted than her mother, and Olivia can only watch as Chairwoman Dresden chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Yet Olivia remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.
But when the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, the striking and strong-willed boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death…at Ryder’s hand. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the courage to live in the present-and stop her mother before she destroys the world.
Seize Today is about Olivia, Chairwoman Dresden’s daughter and she is the world’s one true precognitive; meaning she can look into the future and see all the possible outcomes that can come with just one simple action. Due to her ability, Olivia has isolated herself for ten years until she joins Jessa in her plan to save the future and meets Ryder, the boy who in every future, kills her.
Olivia was such an adorable character, she’s so broken and vulnerable that you can’t help but be immediately protective of her. Ryder is Jessa’s best friend and Mikey’s adopted son, he's a very private character and distrustful of almost everyone outside of his close friends and family. Ryder has a harrowing back-story that broke my heart but what I loved most about him was his interactions with Olivia. Olivia is a broken bird but he never treated her as such, he knew she had the capabilities to be strong and fearless. Their relationship is such a slow burn as each character slowly begins to trust each other.
The Forget Tomorrow series has been fast paced and action packed since the very beginning but all of this comes to a head in Seize Today. Pintip has clearly known where she wanted this series to go from the the very beginning, decisions made in book one cleverly become clear in Seize Today, so many plot twists, so many answers to questions I had forgotten and so many moments that had me on the edge of my seat. Fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy this conclusion and I can’t wait to see what Pintip comes up with next!
There is a new virus affecting people of all different walks of life with terrible symptoms- as they appear to be disappearing/degrading. Luckily (or maybe unluckily), the company that controls the government has developed a treatment for it, but the costs will be large. Olivia and team have a limited clock to figure out what it is and how to prevent the futures she saw as a young child. At the same time, Olivia finds herself connected through future memory to Ryder, who has some deep-seated trust issues. Despite her own issues, she connects with him in a way that she never has before, and together, they seek to help his family- and the rest of the world- as best they can.
The sci-fi dimensions of this series are really taken to another level in this third book- we've had future memory that ruled the dystopian society and time travel in the last two, and now we learn more about precognition (being able to see into the future) and potential realities. Jessa's precognition only goes a few seconds into the future, so she only sees futures that are set. Olivia sees all possible pathways that could occur, and this leads to the discussion of alternate timelines for paths that were not taken. Although she can try to predict which one will actually happen, she is often surprised by the results. Olivia is a fascinating character to follow and the perfect perspective for this thrilling conclusion to a brilliant series. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and particularly how all the pieces of the puzzle we've been gathering since the first book came together so smoothly in this conclusion. For YA sci-fi/dystopian lovers, this series is a must read!
Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.