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Friday, January 6, 2012

Review: The Future of Us

Title: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: January 1st 2012
Source: Publisher for review

It's 1996 and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Facebook will not be invented for several more years. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD-ROM with 100 free hours. When she and her best friend Josh log on to AOL they discover themselves on Facebook... fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what life has in store for them. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

Do you remember when computers had those screensavers with the winding pipes and mazes? Or when we thought those clunky desktops were the most fascinating they-can't-get-any-better things ever? In 1996, when technology was hardly as advanced as ours, two best friends find themselves on a strange Facebook page and begin seeing their future 2011 lives play out right before their eyes. They discover every single action they make in the present affects their future and they learn much about themselves on this confusing journey. The Future of Us is a fantastic novel that perfectly captures the feeling of an uncertain future and the possibility of change.

Over the course of one week, Emma and Josh's lives are turned completely upside down. Things between the two childhood friends have been awkward for the past 6 months, after Josh confessed his romantic feelings for Emma and she rejected him. It doesn't help that she's currently dating the handsy Graham and hating it, though she's been meaning to break up with him for a while... The relationships in The Future of Us are really important, and the build-up of Emma and Josh's is done so very well. We read about their fun adventures as children and how they used to always comfort each other. Readers know Josh is perfect for Emma and we're just waiting for her to realise it!

The novel definitely deals with the idea of trying to change the future when you know what's in store for you. Will your decision to change things make them worse or are you better off letting life play out naturally? Emma's character struggles a lot in the book, constantly trying to control her future life because she suspects she's unhappy. While preventing herself from meeting future husbands, things such as her relationship with Josh are significantly altered too (and not for the better). The Future of Us is very thought-provoking and makes you realise that every moment of your life is determined by millions of tiny decisions, whether you tip over a mug of coffee and have to call the cleaner or decide to go for a run at 10:04 rather than 10:05.

I thoroughly enjoyed navigating the million relationships and obstacles in this book! While it doesn't tangle your brain's wiring, it certainly makes you think and will have you caught up in the mystery and suspense. All of the characters are very well developed too and you'll come to love them very quickly! Serious but fun, The Future of Us will have you reminiscing about the past while wondering about your very own future. The novel ends quite loosely and allows you to decide how things will continue, but with such sweetness and hope, it really isn't that hard <3

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