The Here and Now by Ann Brashares — Review

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Review:

I chose to read The Here and Now for two reasons. First of all, I’m completely in love with the cover. Well done, design team! Secondly, I was interested to see what the Ann Brashares (of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fame) would do with this type of book. Initially, I was very bored and disappointed. The early parts of the book seemed clichéd and unoriginal. I was afraid the book would be a generic dystopian novel with nothing to set it apart and no unique plot. Fortunately, I was wrong! The more I read, the more interested I became in The Here and Now. I was surprised and impressed by a few plot twists, and I began to really care about the main characters. This book is SMART in a way I wasn’t expecting. I felt like the environmental aspects of the book were exaggerated to prove a point. I assume the author is concerned about climate change, and this was an interesting way of getting that across. While I really enjoyed The Here and Now, I can’t give it four stars because of the dismal beginning. However, I’d give it a strong 3.5! If you’re a fan of YA Fiction, Dystopian books, Time Travel novels, or Sci-Fi, you’ll like this book!!

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*I received a digital ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review.

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