Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: The Here and Now

The Here and Now
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Prenna James believes she is finally adjusting after immigrating to New York five years earlier. The largest issue with her immigration wasn’t that it was a different country, but that it was a different time. See … Prenna is from the future. In her future, a mosquito-borne plague has mutated and the world as she knew it was in shambles. Prenna and the group she immigrated with have several important rules they must follow. They must never tell a time native about themselves, they must not interfere with their history, and they should never become intimate with anyone outside of their community. Then Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves and everything changes. She begins to question the rules set down and wonders if any of the rules are really meant to be kept.

The Here and Now is a science fiction story with so many time paradoxes the reader will not want to try and keep them straight. Readers of Brashares’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series will enjoy the relationships explored throughout, but they must be willing to step away from the realistic genre into the sci-fi genre. Who set the rules and why were they created? If the future is so bad, why are they not allowed to change it? Although this novel can easily be classified as science fiction, it has enough adventure and romance to pull in a multi-faceted reading group. The Here and Now appears to be a stand-alone novel and the ending is satisfying in its own right, but it looks like other short stories or books could come out of this world.

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