Monday, April 28, 2014

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The premise of The Here and Now by Ann Brashares is quite attractive and very much up my alley - but partway through it started to feel like maybe the genre didn't fit the writer very well.  This is my first time reading Ann Brashares and we all of course know her work from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  And it's not that I didn't enjoy this one, it's just that it felt kinda off for me and lacked a certain something.  I guess the best analogy I can give is getting a big ol' juicy burger with just the veggies and condiments and no actual beef.

Just not one of my favorites I guess.  Even still, I'm super grateful to Net Galley and Random House for the opportunity to read an advance copy!  You can get your copy now, by clicking here!

Description: 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

Rating: ***

Recommend: Um, not really.  It was just ok.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great review. I'm glad I didn't add this to my list because I wasn't sure it would live up to my expectations. :)