A couple of weeks ago I was in a bookshop perusing the shelves when I stumbled across a book by Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why, that I had never heard of: The Future of Us. The premise immediately grabbed my attention, and I naturally bought and devoured it for the 2017 Reading Challenge.
Title: The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Category: #62 A book about an unexpected discovery
“‘People grow apart,’ I say, ‘and sometimes there’s nothing anyone can do about it.'”
Set in 1996, several years before the invention of Facebook, highschool friends Emma and Josh unexpectedly stumble upon their profiles from fifteen years in the future. Armed with strange new information about their lives, and those of their friends, they discover that the slightest change in their present affects their future dramatically.
As a concept this was incredibly interesting, but unfortunately the characters were dry and the opportunity for a really intense story fell flat: it read like any other typical YA contemporary.
Despite being underwhelmed, I still flew through this novel. I liked that it was written in the dual perspectives of the two main characters, as it added an additional dynamic to the story. It was also interesting to read about the butterfly effect essentially in progress, and how easy it is to change the course of your life and the lives of others.
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