Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Book Review: "The Here and Now" by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now Ann Brashares
Published: April 8, 2014
ISBN: 0385736800
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Futuristic Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Recommended for fans of YA/Dystopian Fiction

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

My Thoughts:
If you take anything away from this book, it is this: Don't trust Google Glasses.

I was really intrigued by this book--Dystopian is a big deal these days, but this is a slightly different twist on it. Instead of being set in a Dystopian world, this story is set in the present day (I mean, REALLY present--chapter 1 starts on April 24, 2014!) and the main character has time traveled back from a dystopian future.

There is a lot to commend this book--the plot is unique, but still fits in the uber-hot Dystopian genre.  There is the whole thing with the Google Glasses (to be fair, they aren't actually Google Glasses--but, well, if you read the book you'll know what I mean), an appealing heroine, and a realistic teen romance.  And, honestly, I was entertained by this book--I read it in two sittings, which is pretty unusual for me and my schedule.

Brashares touches on a number of topics--climate change, cults, and information privacy to name a few.  She does quite a good job of weaving these into the story so that the reader doesn't feel like they are slogging through a lecture, but the story still seems timely.

Unfortunately, though, I felt this book was lighter than it needed to be.  While I enjoyed reading it, I felt a little like I had been gypped once I finished it.  Brashares was onto a good thing here and I think she could have developed and fleshed it out more to do the story justice.

I'd still recommend this book because it is a unique and entertaining story--and it is a quick read, even if it shouldn't be.

I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

The Here and Now
by Ann Brashares

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