YA Sci-Fi/ Romance/ Dystopian
Published: April 8, 2014
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.
My ****4 Star**** Review
This one’s a toughy for me!! You can’t tell from the blurb, but one of the themes in this story is global warming, along with newer forms of energy vs. oil. I think I might be bordering on spoiling the book here. I won’t give away the ending, but just that I’ve said what I’ve said is spoiling the book in a sense. The author doesn’t really let you know what the big issues are until you’re getting into the latter half of the book, and even then the answers are slowly drawn out for you. But, I felt like this is an issue that many of you might want to be aware of coming into it. I know our country is pretty divided on global warming. I’ll refrain from giving my opinion on the topic here. I’m just discussing the book, not the politics behind it. I just wanted to let you know, because I’m sure there are many that would be offended.
Now, to another theme in the book, love. Love for a person vs. love for the world. Prenna has to choose. Despite my own sometimes differing opinions of the previous theme, this side of the story really sucked me in and drew on my emotions. Prenna isn’t a character that you find yourself connecting with instantly because she has been trained all along to be withdrawn. But, then Ethan starts to crack her shell, and you slowly find yourself connecting with her. I did find the changes in her and Ethan in turn to happen a little too abruptly for what I felt would have been realistic, but I was still able to connect. I still felt what they were feeling. And, I could definitely feel the connection between Prenna and Ethan.
I also want to comment on the dystopian sci-fi nature of the story. I’m not sure that I’ve ever read a dystopian novel before that actually takes place in the present due to time traveling. I thought this was a unique concept and being that I’m a fan of dystopian novels, I really enjoyed that. It didn’t have any resemblance to any of the other big dystopian novels out there.
There was really only one other thing that bugged me. Towards the end, I felt like the way Prenna and Ethan dealt with her community was a little unrealistic. I kept thinking there’s no way. But, it wasn’t so much so that it ruined the book for me.
As for the ending, I won’t give it away. I will tell you that’s it’s not a happy, happy, joy, joy ending, But, it’s not all “woe is me” either. I also was sad that it just ended without giving a glimpse into the future. Maybe we’ll get more?? I don’t know, but I would read it if it was written.
Who would I recommend this to? Well, if the first paragraph I wrote doesn’t turn you off, then I recommend this to dystopian, sci-fi, young adult, and romance lovers alike. This book has all of it, and there’s no doubt this book will leave people talking!
Warnings: some language, and a one point in the story a lot of talk of sex – although there’s no actual sex
*I received a copy via NetGalley and Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author ~ Ann Brashares
Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she never went to graduate school, and instead, remained in New York City and worked as an editor for many years. Ann made the transition from editor to full-time writer with her first novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Ann and her husband live with their three children in New York.