The Future of Us
By Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Nov. 21, 2011
Razorbill, 368 pages
Source: Review copy
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.
— Amazon.com description
Oh, the nostalgia! I can still hear the grating beeps of dial-up connecting me to AOL. It took forever, but, screw it, I loved the ’90s!
This book is such an intriguing concept for me, having grown up on early AOL, but without cell phones, Facebook, Google and texting.
But did it work for me? Hmm, not sure.
While great in concept, perhaps main characters logging on to their Facebook pages 15 years in the future was a little too unbelievable for me. Plus, I felt it was lacking the emotional impact I link with Asher’s writing (See: Thirteen Reasons Why).
Still, I see the value in teens reading about the “good not-so-ole days,” given how addicted they are to technology. I’m guilty of it myself. Overall, this book was a good reminder that I need to unplug every now and then and live in the now.