Thursday 12 January 2012

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group and Penguin Group Canada

The internet is still being discovered by most people in 1996 and two young students, Emma and Josh, are about to embark on their own adventure online. Equipped with Emma's new computer and Josh's AOL disk that his parents don't want to use, they have no idea what they are in for. What they find is Facebook in 2011 and the profiles of people who look like them, just older and different. It doesn't take them long to discover that decisions they make in the present, affect their future selves in enormous ways and none of the outcomes are what the two desire.

I found this book to be a very quick read, and an addictive one at that. The concept was fascinating and unique so it's safe to say this book had my interest before I even opened the cover. It was almost surreal reading about characters trying to navigate through Facebook and discover what it was, when it's an every day part of my life. I found this book to be imaginative, thought-provoking, inspirational and entertaining. The two main characters are often scrambling to try and change their current lives in order to bring about a desired future and it never quite seems to work out how they anticipate. The ending was quite predictable which stifled my enjoyment a little but in spite of that, I still consider it a good reading experience and I would have no problem recommending it but I think adults aren't going to enjoy it as much as their young readers will. Personally my favourite aspect of this book is that it teaches about the consequences of our actions which I think is an invaluable lesson.

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