Friday, November 14, 2014

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.

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.

Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Delacorte Press
review copy provided via netgalley for honest review
*** it was okay

At one time most of my reading was YA, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was a favorite series and I looked forward to The Here and Now.  I have a nasty habit of getting books without reading the synopsis just because of who the author is I automatic feel that once they write a good book the rest will be the same, which is the case with this book.  

I don't want to compare this book to the Sisterhood books but I can't help myself.  With the Sisterhood the author created 4 girls that I got to know, there was depth there, the problems they had were real and written with emotion and feeling.  With The Here and Now I had a hard time getting to know Prenna, she lacked believability and brains. 

The book started out good and I was engaged for a little bit but then I started losing interest, not enough to stop me from finishing because I did want to find out what was going how and how it would end.  The ending was ok, but I think at that point I was just glad to be finished (wow hope that doesn't sound too harsh).

I won't give up on this author, she wrote 4 wonderful books that I could see myself rereading so she's got it in there.

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