The Here and Now
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.
Publisher: Random House Children's
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
The Here and Now is a new series about time travel, friendship, love, and potential for a disastrous future if we continue along the path we're on. In this novel, residents of the future have found a way to travel back to the present in an attempt to escape the horrific living conditions they endure. The world has careened along a path of environmental destruction, leading to devastating consequences for the earth and the people inhabiting it.
Interestingly, these visitors from the future aren't interested in saving the future, but instead try desperately to pass unnoticed in the present in order to live out their lives in comfort and security. They don't create relationships with others not from their time, and must live according to strict rules designed to keep them anonymous and in line. Prenna has always had trouble following orders, but she's never flaunted the rules. Until she learns something about the future that changes the way she thinks. And she realizes that Ethan's future is inextricably linked to hers, only not for the better.
This is an interesting take on time travel, and I always like stories with female heroines. There's a nice mix of Prenna's growing relationship with Ethan, information about the future, and action. It's the first in a series, so don't expect too much closure at the end, but it offers enough info and action to keep the plot moving.
Kat's Rating: A Good Read
The Here and Now has an environmental undercurrent running through it that isn't obvious from the start, but becomes more prominent as the story progresses. It presents a chilling image of the future we may experience if we don't change our ways now.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in return for an honest review.