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18242896The Here and Now

Official Stuff –

Author – Ann Brashares

Pages – 288

Publisher – Delacorte Press

Expected Release Date – April 8th, 2014

Summary –

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.

My Rating – 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Delacorte Press in exchange for a free review.

I absolutely love the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series so I was pretty excited to see a new book by the same author.

Prenna traveled from 2090 to 2010 along with about 1,000 other members of her community, to escape a deadly plague brought on by mosquitos. The people are expected to follow certain strict rules. Rules like, not trying to change the course of time, not telling anyone where they are really from, and definitely not dating or having relationships with people from the current time (time natives).

The leaders of the group enforce these rules with intimidating and spying. Most of the time travelers follow the rules, or try very hard to. Prenna doesn’t trust her leaders but knows the consequences of not following the rules.

She’s known Ethan for two years and it breaks her heart every day that she can’t be with him. She has to lie and hide her true feelings for him, for her safety and his. What she doesn’t know is Ethan knows her secret, or at the very least that she has a secret. He saw her arrive, though Prenna doesn’t remember that. And he’s loved her ever since that day in the woods that she appeared out of thin air.

Ethan has a homeless friend, a man he’s nicknamed Ben Kenobi that wants to speak with Prenna. Ben knows what Prenna is, he knows where she came from and he has a mission for her. She must help him stop a certain person’s death on a certain day. This could change the course of the future for the better.

Prenna doesn’t know what to do. She’ll need Ethan’s help to complete the mission but that will mean telling him everything. Which would put her, her mom and Ethan in terrible danger from the leaders and who’s to say stopping the murder will actually change the future for the better?

I liked this book! I couldn’t put it down, actually. I find the idea of people escaping the future to start over very interesting. A plague spread by mosquitos? Entirely possible.

Forbidden love! Who doesn’t love a good forbidden love story? Prenna and Ethan can’t be together. Not just because of the rules but because she could be a possible carrier for the plague that she escaped.

Prenna is sweet. She’s book smart, though she does make dumb decisions sometimes. She cares about the people she loves and only wants to see them free and safe. I really liked Ethan. He knows about her but doesn’t press. Doesn’t force her.

And Ms. Brashares sure knows how to string together some beautiful sentences.

There are some flaws, for example when Ethan and Prenna are off to save the future they spend their free time drinking and playing at the beach, but it’s also the first time Prenna has ever been allowed to be free from being watched. Or been allowed to spend any real time with Ethan.

The science of it all doesn’t necessary make sense but I don’t know enough about science to give specifics, plus I’m not here for the science. I’m here for the story.

Overall, this was a good book. A bit bittersweet at the end but a nice quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you liked the Traveling Pants series, I think you might like this one!

The Here and Now