Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Future of Us
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.