In the far future, the world is on the brink of collapse and people barley live due to climate change and global warming from the early 21st century and man not doing enough to stop it. Well the idea and message the novel leaves behind is strong,but it's story telling leaves much to desire.
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.
The Here and Now follows Prenna as she time travels back in time under the supervision of her mother and many others and they form a community that meets with one another and discuss the problems that they face. They follow a strict rules that restrict them to have little contact with the native humans in the region that they are in, but when Prenna starts to become friends with Ethan, well we have a pretty settled plot that'll follow the two of them unmasking the mysterious of their past.
The Here and Now, puts a romantic, mysterious twist on a aging cliche and fails to actually capture your attention. The novel from start to finish felt as if it was missing something. Yes, we have characters that are interesting and yes, the plot is a solid piece of fiction, but I feel a lack of actually caring too much for the novel. No amount of Brashare's fluffy, amazing writing was going to get me interested into the story.
I would recommended this novel to readers who love young adult fiction, but be warned you aren't going to experience the amazing plot that'll keep you up all night. The novel will be another read to quickly capture your attention and fade on your bookshelf with all your other reads.
Final review score: 3.1/5
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note: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review.