March 23, 2014 by Alice in Readerland
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.
From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.
Special thanks to the publisher, Delacorte Press, and NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this title solely in exchange for an honest review. The Here and Now by Ann Brashares will be released April 8th, 2014.
What I Liked
* The premise of this story made me grab the ARC.
* The talk about the pandemic felt terrifyingly real.
* The time travel concept was interesting.
* I loved that Prenna was given rules. In so many stories, the lead is off on a one-girl vendetta and pretty much gets to do whatever she wants (which I also love), but I enjoyed seeing Prenna’s society and the certain regulations they had.
Rules, you say? Rules?!
* I thought that the ending was very fitting for the story.
Cynical Cindy Says
I really, really wanted to enjoy this book. I put it on my to-read list the second I saw the synopsis. I had the release date marked down on my calender. I was so happy when I was given an ARC of it. But in the end, this book was just something that I didn’t enjoy. I think the writing style was the biggest culprit; it felt impersonal to me, like I couldn’t connect with the story or the characters. For a time travel/high stakes novel, I also didn’t feel much urgency in it or anything to keep pulling me into the story.
So…this obviously wasn’t the book for me. I would still recommend it if you’re a big fan of Ann Brashares, though.
I’m really curious, have you read The Here and Now? If so, what did you think of it?