I read this book maybe 10 years ago. I'll try and piece as much of it as I can below:

  • Protagonist is a male school student.
  • He is approached by someone and requested to go with them to the future where the (president/prime minister?) has cloned himself and abusing his power.
  • In this future, there is a device that people can use to learn skills instantly (a helmet, with various skill cards if I remember correctly)? The protagonist uses this to learn how to swim, as the future character's identity he is assuming can swim well.
  • Whilst he has this device, he comes across a (Jedi mind powers?) card that is mentioned to be unsafe/unpredictable, but he uses it anyway.
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  • Thanks @amflare. Looking at the guide, I can't recall anything new at the moment, but I'll be sure to edit the question if I do. Oct 11, 2017 at 19:17

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This is probably wrong, but I am reminded of Worlds of the Imperium by Keith Laumer. Rather than the future, the protagonist is taken to a parallel world where a political dictator is his other self.

  • Not the book I was thinking of, but looks like an interesting read! Thanks for sharing. Dec 29, 2017 at 9:17

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