Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Here and Now

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 288
Keywords: time travel, forbidden love, supernatural
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
Get It: Book Depository
Other Books Reviewed: 3 Willows
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.
I want to start by saying I adore this cover. I want the face to be a little more obscured because I don't like people on the covers of my books, but this is still a really great cover to a book.

I really wanted this to be a cool, futuristic, quality sci-fi book. It fell short of that, but it wasn't bad. I want to clarify that at the beginning. I did enjoy this book, it was just not what I expected and/or wanted out of this, and my criticism comes from it not being as science heavy as I wanted it to be.

Though the story did contain a reasonable need for suspension of disbelief. Other than the time traveling part. Prenna's whole world basically died because of some sort of mosquito plague, but we don't get any sortof explanation as to how it happened, or why people died, or why these 1000 people or so were chosen to switch times, or anything about their society. This is where the science-y part came in. I really, truly wanted to know about it, and I was frustrated because of things. I'm going to talk about those in the next paragraph.

So instead of the sci-fi stuff that I wanted, the majority of the book was focused around Prenna and Ethan's forbidden love. Barf. I mean, okay, she's cute, and I get that Ethan likes her. But he didn't recognize her from before (there's a thing that happens at the beginning of the novel) and she just shows up and doesn't talk and you're convinced you're in love with her? Please. But whatever, fine. It's just frustrating when it's another teen couple thinking they can suspend all the rules of their society because TRUE LOVE.

I mostly just wanted this to be a cool, kick ass, sci-fi future story, and instead, found myself reading a sappy romance with some sort of time travel stuff in the background. It needed to be flip flopped in my opinion.

Read When: If you are the type of person who loves the instalove and love triumphs all, by all means, this is the book for you. But if you're in the mood for a sci-fi time-travel, I'd recommend something else.

1 comment:

  1. I have this one to read but haven't gotten to it yet... ummmm the instalove worries me. I HATE instalove. We'll see how this turns out for me!

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