Thursday, February 9, 2012
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
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.
I read this book for the 2012 ebook challenge. The Future of Us was outstanding. I finished it in less than a day. The plot of the story was original and fantastic. It kept me guessing the whole way through what was going to happen at the end. After reading this book, it made me think if I were to have seen my Facebook fifteen years ago, would I have liked the way my life turned out, or would I have tried to change something. The characters were very well written. I didn't like the main character, Emma. I thought she was selfish, rude, and manipulative. I think my favorite character was Kellen. I liked how she didn't take any crap from anyone. The book still had a few loose ends about what happens in Kellen's future, and I wish it would have said if what was predicted by Facebook happened to her or not, because I really wanted to know. I really liked the nostalgia factor to the book also. I loved hearing about Seinfield and Discmans and all the 90's references again. It brought back a lot of memories. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read with an original plot.
I give The Future of Us: 5/5.
Want to know more about the author? (Jay Asher)
I bought this book for Kindle and wanted to review it after I finished it. I was in no way compensated for this review.