Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Here and Now
Info: Delacorte Press, copyright 2014, 242 pages
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.
When I don't write reviews right away, some of the details start to slip away. Plus, this was an audiobook. And there were mountains and traffic, so please be patient if I'm a bit vague.
Prenna escapes her time, a horrible future, and ends up in a cult of sorts. They demand the "immigrants" keep their distance from the native dwellers and never interfere with the course of history. But when Prenna meets a man that seems to know a little too much about her, and she befriends a native that shows a little too much interest, things get more than a little complicated. There are secrets, hidden identities, and the desperate race to stop history from turning sour.
There was nothing particularly wrong with the story, it just fell a little flat, and the ending was a bit ridiculous. Prenna struggles with loyalty and curiosity. The adults in her life are pretty awful and a bit stalker like which is a little creepy. There's also a little down time which slows the pacing considerably. Ethan, our hunky hero is trying to help Prenna assimilate into current culture, and he feels, for some reason, that she needs to learn a bunch of card games. So they play cards. A lot.
This was my first Ann Brashares book. What?! You haven't read The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants?! No. Back off! Geez! :) For some reason I was expecting a little more. A little more substance, structure, and character development. I never really cared about Prenna or Ethan. They could live, or die, whatever.
The audiobook reader was decent though. It was a quick read and entertaining enough to keep me listening. If you like time travel, dystopias, and forbidden love, maybe you'll want to read it and come back to argue with me!