I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Published by Hachette Children's on January 1st 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But 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 and take the lives of her younger brothers. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan. She might be able to save the world ... if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.
To be completely honest I was loving “The Here and Now” by Ann Brashares until I got somewhere towards the end and it went all downhill from there. I feel like their were so many black holes that this story went into. Prenna is a 14 year old girl from the future with a group on people trying to escape an apocalyptic timeline. The problem with this community of people traveling to the past is the fact that they don’t want to change anything in the past, actually they are strictly told they can’t change anything or their will be trouble. They are just there to live during a different time period so they don’t have to suffer a terrible death.
The puzzle pieces of the stories fall into place way too easily. It seems like there is no effort to this mystery and in all honesty I am a little disappointed with that fact. I would have loved to see a whole lot more mystery to the story. I think there was a great idea behind this story but it wasn’t executed in the proper way.
Another thing I was really disappointed in was the fact that Ethan was so focused on sex. I don’t feel like that added anything else to the story. One half of the story was the mystery of the illness and the death of people and then the over half of the story was about Ethan wanting to have sex and Prenna not giving in because she didn’t want to get Ethan sick with any future diseases. I feel like this was a bit pointless and unneeded in the story. When it comes down to it, I feel like this book is okay but not the best thing I have ever read.