POLL: If you could choose, would you visit the past or the future?

If you could only choose one, would you visit the past or the future?

This week we’re taking a look at the book Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff which takes us to the year 2575! Check out more about the book below and let us know which one YOU would choose!


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

93 thoughts on “POLL: If you could choose, would you visit the past or the future?

  1. I would visit the future, because if you go back to past, you can accidently ruin the future. Plus, it would be cool to see yourself when your older 🙂

    • Me too! I think it would be cool to see what you will do when you grow up. Plus, if you go to the past you could totally mess up what life has in store for you.

    • That’s a really good point (ahh butterfly effect 0.0) but I also want to see the past. But the future is cool too. I’d want to see different eras or realities or something, I guess it’s not really in the past or future, per say. Like steampunk. Just a place that’s all steampunk.

    • I would visit the future because I could know what would happen like if someone died I can avoid it and I can know what my future is and since I am still in school I could see my grade on tests and then change my answer.

  2. I would visit the past because I would want to look at myself in the past. I have time to look at myself in the future, but I don’t in the past.

  3. Future. I choose the future.

    Mainly because if I visited the future, there would be a good chance of time travel being possible by then… so I could technically do both by then.

  4. The past, because it would open up a whole new world for us. Imagine, if we could bring medicine to the world a hundred years before the first antibiotic was created, then we could be a hundred years ahead in the field of medicine!

  5. I would visit the past so I could change all the places where I screwed myself over and hurt myself as well as others.
    The future would be great, but I’m afraid of what I might see.

  6. The past, I wouldn’t want to be burdened by the torture of knowing the future, if I went to the past I would know where the first me was at all times so I would just avoid him at all costs.

  7. Past because you can mess up the future very easily (for any of you who have read “The Future of Us” we can fangirl later ;))but so that I could relive some of my favorite memories 🙂

  8. i would visit my future because i hate my past enough, and i want to see if im around long as well, also to see if games i hate (not mentioning names) go even more into ruins.

  9. Mmmm, neither. I’d end up ruining the past, because I’d end up being found out, or I’d end up filling my own mind with strangedies, then everything with flip upside down, and my life would probably suck.

    As for the future, I would easily be found out by the fact I would know nothing of the technologies, no one would believe me when I told them the truth, (since we don’t have that kind of techno…)) and then I’d end up in jail, and I’d rot away in a completely different time, where none of my family from my time can get my body, so yeah.

    I think way too much…

  10. The past. I would just have to be very careful not to mess anything up… and anyway, they managed to mess both up in ‘Back To The Future’. I would rather my life be a surprise for me than to already know about it. And it might be a sad thing to watch… at least in the past I mostly know what I’m getting into.

  11. If I went to the past it would be to seventh grade so I could have saved myself from being an emo kid. I would also go back to 9th grade and actually talk to this one guy I still like ugh.

  12. I would choose to live in the past so I could do my whole life over again. There are things I wish I could change. I would also try and meet Céline Dion because she is the most amazing singer in the world. True changing the past can rip a hole in the space time continuum but I would do it for the better. If only I had a T.A.R.D.I.S.

  13. I would go to the past because i want to see my grandparents and my other relatives that have passed away one last time. And I want to change the stupid choices I made in my life before.

  14. This would be a hard choice, because if you go to the future, you could meet your future self and might cause some sort of paradox or something. But if you went to the past, you could mess something up and cause a paradox or something.

    The answer? TARDIS.

  15. I would travel to the future. I choose this because let’s be honest, life expectancy isn’t that long. I want to be able to see all my future relatives, great great great grand-kids, etc.

  16. the past is history and and by changing your past you are heading for the kind of future you were not destined for. so i’d rather embrace the future and welcome it with open arms.

  17. I would go back to the future (haha get it? XD) I would love to experience new things and become a super hero (or something xD)

  18. I would visit the future because there’s nothing I’d want to change or revisit in the past. The future is suppose to be where my life held.

  19. I’d visit the past, to experience something that I’ve only ever been able to imagine firsthand. I think it would give me a better appreciation and understanding for the present.

    I wouldn’t want to visit the future, because it would leave me with too great a sense of inevitability, and that would kind of get in the way of the optimistic self-determination I’ve cultivated.

  20. Most definitely the past- I’d move back to a time where the air hasn’t been so terribly damaged and fully saturated with carbon emissions. I don’t know what’s to come of the future, alas it doesn’t look all too bright as we currently stand.

    Going with the logic of 11.22.63. if I were to attempt to change the past, the past would push back. I’d find away to slip into the silence and appropriately enjoy life before an economy of my choosing has gone haywire- it logically makes more sense to go back than to go forwards, in my eyes.

  21. I, unlike others, would visit neither the past or the future. Visiting the past can ruin your future, and visiting the future could ruin the surprise of the astonishing things that your future is bringing to you.

  22. I would be too scared to visit the future-like if I saw myself I would feel like I would have to live up to something. That itself would be a nightmare for me 😛 The past is safer, plus you could learn from history that way to prevent your future self from making avoidable mistakes.

  23. I would want to visit the future, because if I went to the past then my future would be changed. If I visited the future, I would probably stalk myself to see what I’ve changed about myself. If I liked the change, I would go back to the present, and live my life. If I hated the change, then I would go back to the present, and make sure that that never happens.

  24. I would go to the past… As long as it is not the past of the United States. Because being labeled as one fifth of a person or a savage is not exactly appealing to me…

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  26. The future. Why bother with the past? The past is the past, and it’s best to leave it as it is. Heaven knows what would happen if someone went back in time! It could change the world drastically, and possibly kill us all because there would be a rip in time.

    But if I went to the past, I would probably get rid of the people who have wronged me.

    If I went to the future, I would see if there was anything I could make better. Maybe I’m a year too late of getting my novel popular? Well, I’ll fix that. Someone has ruined my job? Well, I have all the time in the world to fix that too.

  27. Coincidentally enough, there is going to be a mentioning of ‘time travel’ in my book Impotent or Evil which will be releasing soon enough.

    To answer, in short, I would choose neither. (I know, I know, cop out answer.)

    What is is exactly what should be. Even though I do not believe in ‘fate’ or ‘destiny’, I do believe that changing the slightest of things in the past or the future can crush your heart in the most unexpected of ways.

    Savor every second that passes. Be thankful that they have passed, and be excited for the ones yet to come. But do not dwell on either, and be content and at peace with those that have passed.

  28. I’ll choose the past. The future harbors some kind of unknown that makes me somewhat uncomfortable. One can still rely on history when visiting the past, wouldn’t it be great to witness great history events for yourself?

  29. I’d say past, but it would have to be before anyone I knew was born. I’m thinking Industrial Revolution times. Who knows what happens in the future?

  30. I would go to thefuture because going to the past will change everything that is happening now both good and bad. Going to the future wouldn’t change the events in your life that happened.

  31. I would love to visit both. I want to visit my past because there are answers I would love to know and possible things I would love to change. I would also love to visit the future and see my future grandchildren and talk to them about what is going on. Give them hope, talk about love, death, ways to change and take better care of the world we live in. Perhaps by then all of us would have found a way to live in under the sea because all of the ice has melted. So where would I go? To be honest I wouldn’t know if I had to only pick one. I feel like I am lost and I need to be found.

  32. This was a hard one for me because there are some people I really miss from the past but in all reality it wouldn’t make sense to go back and visit. If we were allowed to go back then I feel as if we wouldn’t take the present as seriously.

  33. I’d go to the future, and see what’s in store for me. Because I have a really crappy past and I’d rather not revisit those memories again.

  34. I would have to choose the future.

    It may just be because of the stereotypes where seeing yourself from the future can effect all time as we know it, but I chose the future just because I’m curious. Besides, if the theory of time travel is accurate, I would rather see the future and change my present based on how I like my future life. I wouldn’t want to go back in time and make the younger me think “What if I can change it?”

  35. Future, because someday in the future Jesus is going to come back, and someday in the future I’ll be in heaven, and those are both pretty awesome, sooo… I would definitely say future! 😀

  36. I would say…the future, because when people say they would like to change their mistakes or things that happened back then it can possibly change your whole future (i watch The Flash too much). But when seeing the things you have possibly accomplished in the future you can see what you will become and either be proud or sad about that and only do what you can do then in the present.

  37. I would choose the future because living in the past is bad for you and it would be cool to see the technology! @Millie Gaskill I totally agree! That would be awesome!

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