Book Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

April 2, 2014 Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Here and Now by Ann BrasharesThe Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Published by Delacorte Press on Expected publication: April 8th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Sci Fi
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley
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An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

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.

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

my thoughts doneThis is nearly a mix of Wall-E and a time traveling dystopian. I think people that maybe are able to look past the rhetoric in regards to humans taking over and destroying the earth, they will be able to enjoy the actual story. Those that aren’t able to separate, probably will not.

Being a huge fan of Wall-E and dystopians in general, I thought this was intriguing. Ann brashares obviously has a fabulous imagination and she shows us by bringing time travelers into our time. The cool thing about this book is that it is dystopian but it is disguised. This people are so disgruntled but if you disobey the laws you will meet an unfortunate “accident”! Disturbing! But nobody goes against the laws or even questions them, probably because they’ve all been beaten down and remember what it was like in their own time with the blood plague.

Like Preena, I tend to question everything anyone tells me, so I immediately loved her. She’s scared mostly though and wants answers because everything is so hush hush and she believes that life can be better. It’s that belief that starts to get her in trouble with not only her mother but with the people in authority. And like a good “bad” girl she just continues on like she doesn’t even acknowledge that she is doing anything wrong, or at least hoping that she is a semi-descent actress. Which of course, she is not.

Then we meet Ethan. This guy is just brilliant. I really like how kind he is with all of this adversity that Prenna is facing. She just really needs a friend and even though the rules are completely against it, Ethan winds up being a great guy. And she really does need that shoulder because she has absolutely nobody else to turn to.

All in all there was a bit that didn’t catch my attention but for the most part the plot was really interesting, there are twists and turns that just came out of left field, overall it was a highly interesting and thought provoking book! Definitely fun since it was a completely out of the ordinary dystopian! Doesn’t end on a cliff hanger exactly but leaves it open for more!

the authorAnn Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition from editor to full-time writer with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Ann and her husband live with their three children in New York.


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