The Future of Us
(Image from Wired.com)
Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Heya! So, you might recognize the second name on this cover. Carolyn Mackler is the writer of The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. You might also recognize Jay Asher's name, for Thirteen Reasons Why, but I'm assuming you have no life outside of this blog.
Okay, onto the description
It's 1996, and Emma got a computer from her dad as a guilt gift for also giving her a stepsister. Josh, her next door neighbor and long time friend (until recently) comes over with an America Online CD-ROM. But when Emma puts it in, it gives her Facebook. One problem, though.
Facebook doesn't exist yet.
Suddenly Josh and Emma are looking at their lives fifteen years in the future. And everything they do changes that page.
I think it's obvious why I would want to read this book.
I love the plot with all my tiny, lead-hard heart. Love it so much it hurts.
The collab sounds like a good fit, but there are some moments when you can see the thin line between who was writing. It isn't particularly bad, so don't worry, though.
A big shout-out for these two for not having the two opposite-gender characters punch you in the face and then strangle you with romance. Cue confetti cannon.
As I sweep up this confetti, I shall tell you about the characters. Emma was generally likeable, if a bit control obsessed. Of course, if I knew what was happening in the future and could at least try to fix it, I would too. Most of her decisions were relationship-driven, however, which wasn't my favorite thing.
Josh was, while flat at times, mostly interesting and well-written. There really isn't much else to say about him.
The writing style was pretty simple. Not in an unintelligent manner, but in a "this is how it is and this is what they're thinking". Also a bad description. Basically, it wasn't flowery and purple. Not beige either. To paraphrase Goldilocks, "The style was juuuuust right."
This book has a way of messing with your mind. Yes, my friends, every action now will change the future. Every. Single. Thing. Besides pouring water on the carpet. But never mind that.
As a sci-fi story, I would have liked a bit more explanation on how things were happening. However, not every book does that, I have to accept it.
Overall, it's worth a read.