Title: The Here and Now
Author: Ann Brashares
Publication Date: April 08th, 2014
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I’m torn on this book. A lot of the time travel stuff bothered me quite a bit, mostly because we weren’t given much information on it. How did they discover it? How did they travel? Why was it a one time deal? None of those things were told to us and it made it hard for me to find it believable. The author pretty much just said ‘They’re from the future, deal with it and the lack of proof I give you’.
This could have been a good thriller/mystery, I think it fit those genres more than it did Science Fiction, but it fit the romance one even more. The story seems to revolve more on the love story between Prenna and Ethan than it did them trying to solve their mystery/conflict. I didn’t like the focus on the love story and would have preferred the story to stay on the dilemma of preventing the future that Prenna is from.
I didn’t particularly find either character enjoyable, they weren’t dislikeable but they weren’t characters that made me want to root for them. And for a smart girl, Prenna was pretty stupid and things that seemed silly that she didn’t know. Ethan came off too perfect from the start, it was like he had no flaw and could do no wrong, making it hard to like him.
Overall the story started slow, picked up only slightly, then had a lackluster, anti-climatic ending.
Recommendation: Borrow it
I received an ARC of this book from Random House on Netgalley. This in no way affected my review.