Thursday, April 3, 2014

Book Review: The Here and Now

Title The Here and Now

Author Ann Brashares

Release Date April 8, 2014

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.

Whenever I started The Here and Now, I had no idea it was by the same author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (not that I've read those books, but I might after this). In turn since it was my first book by Ann Brashares, I had no expectations.

While it took me a few chapters to get into the story, I very much enjoyed Brashares's writing style. Once you're gripped by the story, it flows beautifully and becomes extremely hard to put down. I could have easily read it in one sitting, but I was much too tired.

As far as the story goes, I liked it. A lot, actually. Yes, the ending did make me a little sad, but I think that's another one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much. That being said, I've read quite a few reviews on Goodreads (approximately one moth before publication) where people are disappointed in the story. Nope, sorry. I just don't agree. I liked it. On that note, one thing that's always perplexed me is when numerous people disagree with my opinion on a book. It always leads me to doubting myself and whether or not I actually know a good/bad when I read one. I refuse to let it get to me. I enjoyed it and if you didn't... well, that doesn't bother me one bit.

I recommend this book, especially if you're looking for something futuristic/dystopian. The Here and Now won't disappoint.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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