Sunday, December 14, 2014

Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now
by Ann Brashares  
Young Adult Science Fiction 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.27
Published by: Delacorte Press
Published on: April 8, 2014
Pages: 256

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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 Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

An Overview of the Novel: Prenna is from the future, a future which was destroyed by the mosquito. No, literally mosquitoes and the blood-borne disease they carried. A select few were lucky enough to survive the plague and to come back in time. 

But now that they are here in the past, it isn't all it was cracked up to be. The leaders of their society have anal rules and control everything. And the problem is that Prenna isn't sure she wants to follow them. 

Especially not when a man on the streets leaves her questioning everything she knew to be true. Suddenly, Prenna is racing against time trying to save the world. And oh yeah, there's also Ethan, the boy she's in love with. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: So I was really interested to see if Ann could pull off a sci-fi novel. The verdict is she sort of did, but sort of didn't.

I was really enjoying the novel up until the last 50 pages or so. Yeah, Ethan and Prenna's romance in the midst of trying to save the world seemed a little cheesy and a little strange. But that still kept me reading.

It's just I felt there were many plot elements that were not tied up how they should have been. Prenna was not worrying about the things she was supposed to worry about, the things a normal person would worry about.

And I thought the ending was rushed. I read the last page and thought wait, this is it? There's no more? And not in the cool-Inception way. 

This novel had so much potential and yet it kind of just fell flat for me.

Brashares had this great world and some awesome ideas. She just didn't follow through with them in the way she could have. 

So why 3.5 stars? Awesome world-building and great potential to be awesome, but just fell flat. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some vague sexual references, but nothing that makes me hesitate to recommend it to teens of any age. 

The Wrap-up: I really wanted to like this one and I did until the ending. I'll be interested to see what Brashares comes up with next. 


Danica Page

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