The Future of Us By Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler [Review]
It’s 1996. Josh and Emma stumble into their own Facebook page from the future. That’s pretty much the premise of The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. And it’s that premise which intrigued me.
This is another BEA book and I am glad that I picked it up because it was an original, fun and quick read. In short, it’s the perfect book to read over the Holidays.
There are millions ways you could go with such a premise, in addition to the fact it also makes the reader wonder, “what would I do?”
In this case, Josh and Emma are childhood friends, who had been growing apart in the last 6 months after something happened between them. When Josh brings an AOL CD-Rom to Emma, she soon finds herself faced with the Facebook homepage after installing it, years before Facebook was even created. Even crazier, she logs in to her own Facebook account from the future. When Emma and Josh rule out the possibility of this whole thing being a prank, they soon realize any knowledge they get from Facebook could affect their future and they have to decide what they want to do.
I was a bit afraid when I picked up The Future of Us that such a great concept might not be explored the way it could be, and while it’s impossible to touch on every single side of the issue, I thoroughly enjoyed the directions Asher and Mackler decided to go in.
When reading The Future of Us, don’t expect any philosophical exploration of the concept, but what you can expect is a really nice story (and yes there is some romance), grounded in the idea of what happens when you know about your future and whether you should (or want) to affect the outcome.
The chapters switched between Josh and Emma’s point of view, which gives a good balance to the story. But what I loved most about The Future of Us is how they explored these characters barely getting a dial-up and then trying to figure Facebook out. It definitely made me wonder what I would have thought if I had found my Facebook page in 1996. Not sure it would have made as much as sense as it did to these characters, plus I’m not really a sharer, so I would have been a bit useless to my past self. Still it’s fun to ponder while realizing that only 15 years ago, Google, Facebook, Kindle, and iPhone, didn’t even exist. Heck even DVDs were slowly starting to be introduced at the time.
I would recommend The Future of Us to fans of Facebook who enjoy YA novels and are in the mood for something light and quick to read, I’m pretty sure you’ll be entertained.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Razorbill | Pages: 356 | Source: BEA (Book Expo America)
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