by Ann Brashares
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Publication Date: April 8th 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi- | Time-Travel
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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. (Goodreads)
The two main characters in the novel were both very interesting characters. With Prenna being from the future and having to hide all of her secrets and her true identity, and Ethan being way too smart for his own good and knowing everything that was going on, I thought they made a really interesting pair together. Both were very determined to find out a way to keep the future from becoming the ruined world she left behind. I really liked their relationship as well, Ethan was a sweetheart.
I really enjoyed the storyline for the book; it felt very realistic to me. There were some things that happened in the book that I could totally see happening in our future world, which is very scary to even think about. I find these types of dystopian novels completely fascinating. This made the book a very quick read for me; I read this in just a little over a day.
The only thing that bothered me about the book was the amount of information that was packed into the pages. I really felt that with so much info, it could have been spread out into a second book, or this even could have been made into a series. (I’m assuming that this book is a stand-alone novel, but someone please correct me if I am wrong on this.) There were also a few things that I felt were left unanswered in the novel as well.
Overall; I found this to be a quick, enjoyable read. There are still SO many books by this author that I still need to read, so I can’t really compare it to her previous work, but I did enjoy the book.