The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

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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.

My Review

I really liked this novel because it takes a popular story line (Dystopian novel) and gives it a new twist (time travel) and it was really well done.

As the future continues to shift and change, I was hooked. Prenna is a very likeable main character and Ethan is the perfect mix of determined and charming boy. He is smart, good looking and cares about the planet. While the main driving force in the book is the love story, there is enough substance and depth with the rest of the plot line to make this more than a romance story.

With strong Dystopian lines, The Here and Now is set in present day. If you are looking for a fresh take on this type of book, I recommend checking it out!


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