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The Here and Now

Ann Brashares

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An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.
This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking--and a must-read novel of the year.

"This gripping story is set in a world unlike any other and inhabited by beautifully imagined characters that stay with you long after the last page. As always, Brashares expertly captures the wonder of love’s enduring power.” – Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jan 27, 2014 – Best known for her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants books, Brashares forays into science fiction in this fast-paced, gripping, and romantic novel about a girl from a future that seems eerily possible. Seventeen-year-old Prenna James is from the year 2098, but she, her mother, and nearly 1000 other Travelers have fled an Earth devastated by climate change and plague, and are now living in 2014. The Travelers are a tight-knit and secretive community, and their 12 cardinal rules forbid everything from seeking outside medical care to interfering in the “natural sequence” of time or engaging in “intimate” relationships with outsiders. Prenna has long had a crush on her classmate Ethan, but she has always followed the rules until a mysterious homeless man upends Prenna and Ethan’s lives, and she begins to question her community’s dictates and intentions. Brashares focuses on Prenna and Ethan’s burgeoning romance, rather than the nitty-gritty details of her time-travel premise, and her fans will be happy to find that her prose is as resonant and realistic as ever. An Alloy Entertainment property. Ages 12–up.

Customer Reviews

A downer

YA novels with bummer endings is not a good trend and I wish authors would get over that conceit -- a 'serious' ending doesn't make them a better writer or the book a better read.
Let's just say when I finished this book, I was mad that I bought it and read it in the first place, and after her 'Sisterhood Everlasting' major bummer book, there is no way I will purchase another Ann Brashares written book.

Great book

Really interesting story. I would love to know what happens next!

Really cool mix of dystopia & time travel!

Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

THE HERE AND NOW is an extremely interesting mix of dystopia and time travel. I loved the issues raised and the progression the story took. The dystopian society functioning within our current time frame is a cool idea. The characters were interesting and well fleshed out. The romance didn’t feel contrived. The pacing made for a super quick and easy read (once I had the time to sit down with it). Highly recommend!

The Here and Now
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Apr 08, 2014
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
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