17 December, 2014

#BookReview :: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

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. 

I have previously read and enjoyed  My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. As such I was really eager to pick this book up.

Prenna James comes from a time where a horrible plague has killed millions and has left the world in ruins. She was sent back in time with a strict set of rules that must be followed at all times... She had believed that she could help prevent the plague from ever happening and  felt that the set of rules were quite reasonable and easy to follow until she meets Ethan Jarves.

Both Prenna and Ethan are very loveable characters. Prenna has a lot on her plate as she has to maintain her cover, blend in and keep her secret. At the same time , she is naturally curious. Her faults and drawbacks only made her more relatable. Ethan on the other hand is a carefree person. Together they are adorable and just perfect. The concept of the colony was interesting. The Elders of the colony came across as an interesting lot whom I loved and hated.

The plot on the other hand is simply something else. At first it seemed to me that it was a straight forward time travelling story. But the author has blended in an amazing number of plot twists that give a whole new dimension to the story. The concept of time travel has been explored and explained well. I also liked the fact that Prenna and Ethan do not fall in the love at first sight category. They met and became friends before falling for each other. It made the story so much more interesting.

Overall, this book makes for an interesting read and a good recommendation to YA & Dyatopian lovers.

1 comment:

  1. GREAT review doll!
    This sounds like an awesome book and I am definitely interested now
    Your reader,
    Soma R.