Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an eARC from Random House Children's/Delacorte Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: The Here and Now
Author: Ann Brashares
Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Synopsis: An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except 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: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

Why?: I was pretty much sold at "thriller," but I knew I had to read this book as soon as I read that Prenna has immigrated from a different time. Plus, with the mosquito-borne illness killing everyone thing, it kind of sounds like a sci-fi dystopian, which also excited me. Throw in a little romance to make things more complicated and that sounds like a pretty fantastic book to me. 

Expectations: Although I've read (and enjoyed) the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, I am expecting this book to be completely different. That series was light and fun, though it did have its share of heartbreak, but I think this book will be much darker. And I'm actually kind of excited to see a different side of Ann Brashares, so my expectations are probably a little bit higher than they should be.

Judging a book by its cover: I'm really torn about this cover. I think the colors and the geometric feel that the triangles give it make it stand out from other books that would be on the same shelf, but I'm not convinced that it's enough to make this book totally unique. It kind of reminds me of a stereotypical YA summer romance, and I'm not normally drawn to those kind of books. 


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