Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: THE FUTURE OF US (ARC) by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

What would you do if your high school self suddenly had glimpses of your life in the future? It's an extremely interesting idea, and with THE FUTURE OF US, Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler have knocked it out of the park!

When I opened the book, I was instantly back in 1996. Asher and Mackler made sure the reader really felt Emma and Josh's place in the past (their present). From the novelty of the Internet and AOL to the upper class privilege of a cell phone to the popular music and movies of the mid-90s. I could vividly see Emma and Josh waiting for the AOL dial-up connection, the setting was so complete I instantly felt that connection with the characters.

When I think of seeing into the future, I typically think fortune tellers and sci-fi movies; not so with this book. Asher and Mackler really dig deep into the fundamental issues of trying to change the future. Josh serves as the moral compass, while Emma's reckless involvement causes radical consequences. When it comes to your future, how far is too far? And is there any going back? This novel will have you seriously contemplating how even the tiniest of decisions in the present may alter your future drastically.

An AMAZING 5 star read. Don't miss it.


1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked it Britney! Sounds like one of those "If you could go back and give yourself @ [insert age] advice, what would you say?"

    *sings* And I know things now, very valuable things, that I hadn't known before... (Into the Woods - Red Riding Hood).

    I occasionally break out into song, Btw.
    Happy reading!