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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Future of Us

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler is the story of Josh and Emma who, by happenstance, come across Facebook when they log into the internet for the first time.  While not normally odd, it is in this situation--since it's 1996.  They find that the smallest action affects their future, with the ability to change spouses and children with simple and complex decisions in the here and now.  How will they ultimately decide to use this information?

This book has an interesting premise, and overall it was a pretty quick read.  It's YA fiction, but I have come to the conclusion that I hate saying, "But it's good!"  The truth is that YA fiction is just a genre and a good book is a good book regardless of genre--period.  I found the references to present day Facebook as severely interesting, and I appreciated the desire for these two young people to see into the future.

At times the constant reference to all things 1996 was a bit on overload.  There was one sentence early on in the book that referenced three major things and I wanted to be like, "Yeah, I got it.  You are in 1996.  Stop beating it into me."  Maybe I'm just not nostalgic for that time period in my life--I was, after all, the same age as the characters.  I still remember it well.  I wish I could forget my horrible need to wear Timberlands to fit in.  What was I thinking?  I don't hike, nor have I ever.

However, I do feel that the story is worth a go if you enjoy fiction that has a science fiction tinge to it.  The whole future thing is really interesting, and it begs the question, "What will I be in 15 years?"  If you could go back in time, would you have imagined yourself where you are now?  Who really knows, but it's fun to let your mind wander.


  1. I was going to read it, then I got to the part where she was all like, "Who is this older lady? She looks like me and has my name. Who could she be?" I figured if she was going to be that dumb in the beginning then there was no hope. Did her character get better?

  2. Eh...in a way. I would put her in more of the "wallowing" category. There were several times where I was ready to punch her for hating that she was unhappy in the future--I wanted to scream at her, "If you are unhappy, fix it! It's what grown-ups do!"