The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Ann Brashares’ novel, The Here and Now, is a beautiful story of time travel, love and heartbreak. It takes the overdone dystopia genre and gives it new life by bringing a damaged future into the present.
Prenna James is an immigrant that comes from the future—a dim future where blood plagues and food scarcities make life unlivable. She and a minor group of other immigrants form a secret community trying to blend in with life in present day. Life is better, but Prenna feels bound by the severe rules and endless surveillance by community leaders. When Prenna breaks some rules and forms a connection with Ethan Jarves, a ‘time native’ who senses something dissimilar about the time travelers, her world changes. Together, Prenna and Ethan must determine how to change the present and prevent a dreadful future.
The Here and Now has all the fundamentals that attract dystopian readers—regulatory governments and leaders, intrigue, looming world disaster, and a little romance. However, Brashares adds the thrilling twist of time travel and an ability to alter the future. Ethan and Prenna are thought-provoking and well-written characters with classic adolescent fears, as well as, commendable adulthood. Their story is a captivating mystery where elements of science fiction combine with a modern plot. With these style mishmashes, The Here and Now will appeal to a wide variety of young readers.
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