Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review: The Future of US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.

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  It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.
  Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.
Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.
Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

From Goodreads.

 

 

 

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The cover:

This is the UK cover. I do like the US one too because of it’s geeky aspect, but this one is just my favorite ^_^.

The storyline:

This is the first time I hear about Carolyn Mackler, but from my previous experience with Jay’s writing in Th1rteen R3asons Why, I had a strong feeling this was going to be a great book.

The story is just amazing. It evolves around best friends since childhood Emma and Josh in 1996. Emma receives a computer as a gift from her father while Josh brings her and AOM CD-ROM for internet.

When she first signs up for email and have everything set up and ready, she notices a pop up (Yep, even then they were and issue 0_o) asking her to put in her email address and password. She does that and finds herself in a website called Facebook. She calls Josh and together they discover that Facebook is a website from the future showing them their lives 15 years ahead. Of course, at first they think it’s a hoax or a virus but then they find a definite evidence when Emma discovers a photo on her profile that she hadn’t developed yet.

Discovering her future with many issues in it, Emma decides to make changes that cause ripples in the future, meanwhile, Josh is so happy to find out he’s going to end up with the popular girl at their High School. After many unfortunate tried to change her future into a happy one, Emma decides to keep causing ripples until she finds her future self happy. Then one day, she kisses Josh and they start fighting because he says she’s toying with him, that’s when she decides that messing with the future was a wrong idea and when checks her Facebook later that day, she finds her future self deciding to close her Facebook account permanently and focus more on her life. At the same time, Josh discovers that he and Sydney are very different and that she’s not the one for him, so he ends things with her.

At the end, Josh and Emma are finally together… for now.

What I loved:

  • The pacing was perfect, and each timing was exactly at the perfect time.
  • The characters were so realistic and not flawless.
  • The story being told from both point of views was brilliant. I admired each character’s ways of seeing the events and telling their story.
  • At some part, reading it felt essential. I was so engrossed in it I couldn’t put it down!! (Thank God tomorrow is not a school day xD).
  • The friendships in this book and the funny moments are priceless <3.
  • Then end was a mystery for me…

What I hated:

There’s nothing that bad in this book that I can remember.

What I wanted:

I wished we were told at the end how the future of Josh and Emma shifted 15 years ahead :).

The characters:

Emma is the nice, cool, well behaving girl whose smart. Throughout the book, you get to know her more and find flaws in her that only make her a better person at the end. She can be too naïve at times, but that’s acceptable :).

Josh is…. Josh. <<< Kidding (If you had no idea, that’s a direct quote from the book, Emma keeps saying it even at the end :)). He’s this best friend that every girl would dream of having. He’s nice, calm and thinks before he acts.

Kellan is super cool and totally supportive. She’s the reason Josh and Emma end up together.

Tyson is totally unpredictable but he’s been a really good friend to all of them.

Favorite quotes:

I have soooo many in this book, so I’ll just share three of them ^_^

I’m scrolling through various screensavers when someone rings the doorbell. I let my mom answer it because I still haven’t decided between a shifting brick wall maze and a web of plumber’s pipes. Hopefully it’s not Graham at the door. --- Chapter 1 – Emma.

If you want me to play along, here’s a theory. You know how Vice President Gore calls the Internet the ‘Information Superhighway’? Let’s say everyone’s going the same direction on this superhighway. Time travel would be about finding a way to jump to a different spot. --- Chapter 6 – Josh.

For the past five days, I’ve been trying to understand why this happens to me and how I can tweak things so it won’t happen again. But I’m starting to wonder if it actually has nothing to do with the future. Maybe it has everything to do with what happens now. --- Chapter 56 – Emma.

Conclusion:

I adore this book. It was a real fun read with a lot of meaning behind it, to be more exact, here are two main wise thoughts I got from this book:

  1. Whatever we do, we should always know that our acts has impacts on our future and that of others around us. So, we have to be careful with our choices and actions.
  2. Social networking is cool and fun but we should keep it at that. No need to go around putting personal information and writing things that others might understand them otherwise.

This book is recommended to all YA contemporary fans. It’s clean, it’s fun and it’s a must read.

5/5

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