Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Book Summary(via Goodreads): 

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. 

This insomniac's opinion: 

This novel started out with promise. A sharp, eerie air of mystery surrounded the characters and quickly drew me in. 

However, I(as a woman in my thirties) am probably not the audience that the author was writing for and I kept finding plot holes. I also never quite felt the spark between Prenna and Ethan that would have been needed to fully carry the novel. 

Overall, a good read but likely better for the younger crowd. 

Worth staying up all night to read?



3 stars. 

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