November 14, 2011

The Future of Us - Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Young Adult
Pages: 356
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: November 21, 2011

It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.

Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.

Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

This book has the kind of premise you read and go, "OMG how awesome" and then, "Why didn't I think of that!?". Seriously, as time goes by, do we forget how the world functioned before all this new technology? My grandma sure doesn't, but me? I think it takes a book like this to actually feel like back in the 90's.

Emma gets her first computer and accidentally logs onto Facebook and finds her future profile, fifteen years from now. So okay, I'm 26, so back in 1996, I was 12 and on my way to being a pain-in-the-ass teenager. I can obviously relate to every little thing in this book and that made it that much more fun and awesome for me. It has hilarious parts and it has parts that were a little nostalgic for those of us who lived through it.

Emma and Josh were fresh voices and uncomplicated characters, and the portrayals of their futures on Facebook were so spot-on that I wanted more. This is a light and fun read that is far from Jay Asher's poignant and scarring first book, Thirteen Reasons Why. But I enjoyed it a lot and even though the pace got kind of heavy at some point, I wanted to know where Emma and Josh would end up.

An absolutely great premise with a cute fresh take on technology and our eagerness/fear of the future makes this a unique read!


  1. I can't wait to read this one! :)

  2. This sounds like one my 14 year old daughter would like. She was born in 1997 and has grown up with technology her whole life. I'll recommend it to her. We both love YA but definitely like different books/styles.


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