The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Published by Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers on April 8th, 2014
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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.
*I received a copy of The Here and Now from the publisher for review purposes.
The complexities of time travel, and how minor changes in the fabric of time can have grave consequences, is always fascinating, if tricky, and in that aspect, The Here and Now excelled. As the intricacies of the plot overwhelmed my senses, it was poor characterization and a resolution that seemed much too tidy that served to distract me from an otherwise enthralling read. [Read more…]