The Here and Now
by Ann Brashares
Publisher - Hodder's Children's Books (UK)
Release Date - January 1st 2015
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TIME TRAVEL AND FORBIDDEN ROMANCE FROM THE BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS
Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take of an impossible romance.
There are rules.
Never reveal where you’re from.Never be intimate with anyone outside the community.And never interfere with history.
Seventeen-year-old Prenna James emigrated to New York when she was twelve. But 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. Prenna does as she's told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth and take the lives of her younger brothers. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan.
She might be able to save the world ... if she lets go of the one thing she's found to hold on to.
Of late I seem to be having a great run with science-fiction and time travel novels. The Here and Now is exactly one of those novels. I didn't really know what this was if I'm honest, sometimes I tend to pick up a book that I like the look of, glancing over the book description, yet not really knowing what I'm in for. And I love when a book completely surprises me.
Back in a world, our future, Prenna James and the whole human race was facing extinction. In the future people were dying from blood born plague derived from a mosquito. So when it became critical, the council decided to create a time path, to go back to our present and to live there lives, whilst trying to save and to prevent her time from becoming reality. The Elders and The Council still rule even. Under a different time. So they initiated rules and precautions, to live as community with the humans, yet stop any harm coming to them in return. This all seems rather sensible but what if these rules were just a cover to what lies beneath! The truth to what really started this epidemic!
Prenna has to live by rules, abide by their precautions and to never reveal where they really came from. That's sounds reasonable, wouldn't you say, however, that could predict to be difficult when she meets Ethan Jarves. Prenna is a character that doesn't like to be mollycoddled, or told what to do, she tunes out from that, she's independent and a strong willed woman. That's what I loved about her, her faults or lack of social skills made her so easy to connect with. The more she shied away from who she was, the more her confidence bloomed when she wanted to make friends, especially with Ethan.
When Ethan was twelve years, he witnessed something not-of-this-world, when Prenna moved to present day. He was there, he spoke to her, he gave her a sweater, but she doesn't remember that day! Since then he has been able to know and sense when a traveler is among them. But Ethan goes against all the rules, yet Prenna can't stop finding herself drawn to him...At first, Ethan is such a free spirit to encounter, persistent, impatient to say the least, but you couldn't fault him. Together their persistence, intelligence and passion for each other and future dominated the whole story.
Both Ethan and Prenna uncover far more than ever anticipated together. They discover a crucial point in time that will prevent this epidemic from happening, to convince others, that these people who lead them, are only keeping secrets to protect themselves rather than protecting their colony rather human race. Ethan and Prenna are very loveable characters. Worlds and time apart, they are far more in tune than you could imagine.
Rating - 4.5