Genre: Science Fiction
First Impression: Interesting.
Synopsis: It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbours their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long – at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right – and wrong – in the present.
200 words (or less) review: Having read Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher I had an expectation of how this book would be. As it turned out my expectations weren’t only meet but exceeded. The Future Of Us is clever, fun and charming. Both Emma and Josh are well written characters and I never got bored with the story.
Emma irritated me to begin, with but as the chapters passed and her character developed, I grew rather fond of her. Josh’s growth is more subtle and he is a lot easier to like. That doesn’t make him bland but rather like a friend you’re trying to follow on his adventure.
The charm of The Future Of Us is also its problem. I’m wondering if someone who has grown up with Facebook, broadband and mobile internet access would love the nostalgia of Emma & Josh’s trip into what-now-is-not-the future.
I’ll be looking up other books by Carolyn Mackler on the back of this.