Review: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now coverPrenna is an immigrant, living a new life in New York. But not from another country. Prenna and her community are from the future, a time when climate change mosquito-borne plagues have brought tragedy to all of humanity. Now safe in the 21st century, the community follows twelve stringent rules. The rules are to keep them safe, their leaders say.

Especially rule 12

We must never, under any circumstances, develop a physically or emotionally intimate relationship with any person outside the community.

Prenna knows all the rules, but Ethan won’t be kept at arm’s length. He keeps being her friend, no matter the things she can’t talk to him about. And when Prenna’s safe little world threatens to smother her, it is Ethan who helps her search for the truth.

The Here and Now is part dystopian thriller and part science-fiction story, but all of it is a compelling and gripping read. It will appeal to readers looking for a more substantial time travel story, one that explores the ethical implications of trying to change a future.

Recommended for grades 8 and up – some language, kissing, references to sex, references to murder, etc.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

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