10. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Science Fiction, Teen Books

The Future of Us by Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler , 356 pages, read by Angie, on 09/09/2012

So it is 1996 and Emma gets her first computer. Her estranged best friend Josh brings over an AOL disk. After loading the disk Facebook pops up with Emma’s profile 15 years in the future. She and Josh start looking at their futures and either changing it or trying to make sure it happens.

This book was very disappointing. I really enjoyed 13 Reasons Why but feel like this one was written by a completely different person. I really like the premise of this book. It is all timy-whimy (as Dr. Who would say). Who wouldn’t like a peak into their future? The question is what would you do with that knowledge. If you are Emma you whine about your future husband and how you aren’t happy then you keep changing things and whine about that. Emma was probably one of my least favorite characters ever. She is selfish, vapid and annoying. She is one of those people that never looks inward and always blames someone or something else for her problems. She doesn’t really care about those around her. Josh was a little more likeable but I never could figure out why he liked Emma. She was awful to him.

It is always sad when a good story is ruined and this one certainly was. It had lots of potential and good writers who obviously didn’t care that much for this story. I feel like they just gave up on it, especially since the end basically just drops off with no resolution.

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