The Here and Now Paperback – 1 January 2015
|Paperback, 1 January 2015||
Contemplative... punchy thriller. (The Observer)
Time travel, forbidden romance and a looming apocalyptic future are all ingredients for a classic novel from the author of The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants. (Lancashire Evening Post)
A well written, pacey thriller, with characters we genuinely care about. There are red herrings and twists aplenty to keep you turning the pages. (Books For Keeps)
A well-written, accessible time-shift story with...a strong narative pull (The School Librarian)
An exciting and romantic tale (Carousel)
Time travel, forbidden romance and a looming apocalyptic future are all ingredients for a classic novel from the author of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (LANCASHIRE EVENING POST)
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- Publisher : Hodder Children's Books (1 January 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1444921924
- ISBN-13 : 978-1444921922
- Item Weight : 260 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #765,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have previously read and enjoyed My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. As such I was really eager to pick this book up.
Prenna James comes from a time where a horrible plague has killed millions and has left the world in ruins. She was sent back in time with a strict set of rules that must be followed at all times... She had believed that she could help prevent the plague from ever happening and felt that the set of rules were quite reasonable and easy to follow until she meets Ethan Jarves.
Both Prenna and Ethan are very loveable characters. Prenna has a lot on her plate as she has to maintain her cover, blend in and keep her secret. At the same time , she is naturally curious. Her faults and drawbacks only made her more relatable. Ethan on the other hand is a carefree person. Together they are adorable and just perfect. The concept of the colony was interesting. The Elders of the colony came across as an interesting lot whom I loved and hated.
The plot on the other hand is simply something else. At first it seemed to me that it was a straight forward time travelling story. But the author has blended in an amazing number of plot twists that give a whole new dimension to the story. The concept of time travel has been explored and explained well. I also liked the fact that Prenna and Ethan do not fall in the love at first sight category. They met and became friends before falling for each other. It made the story so much more interesting.
Overall, this book makes for an interesting read and a good recommendation to YA & Dyatopian lovers.
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Prenna and the rest of the travellers follow a strict list of rules. They have to blend in, be part of society without ever standing out as different. There can be no interference in the past, no one can ever know when they are from, and they can never be intimate with anyone outside the community, known as time natives. She feels isolated and unprepared for the outside world. Who and what is being done to irradiate the plague of the future? She wants to make a point, be heard but no one is listening or are they?
Ethan is a local boy who knows there is something different about Prenna, and it’s not just because he saw her enter his time 4 years ago. There are other people who know the truth, others who know that the leaders of the community are hiding rather than trying to rectify the problems of the future.
With Ethan’s help, Prenna will take a stand, alter the future and hopefully change her destiny and that of her family.
Time travel is always a hard thing to write about, the cause and effect of the simplest changes make mapping it out so difficult. This book doesn’t do a bad job, it paints the picture of the future and how Prenna turns it with the little things she does.
The relationship between the main character and Ethan is very one sided at first, however she quickly falls for him and lets him influence her without much question. The bleak future and Prenna’s story telling when she explains it to Ethan was well written and at times it flows nicely.
I wanted a little more from this read, it was gentle and not too taxing and I did want to know what happened to Ethan after reading the newspaper article, and it set it up for a possible second book. For me it needed something more for me to dig my teeth into but was enjoyable enough.
The plotline caught my attention from the first page and held onto to it throughout. The primary protagonists Ethan and Prenna were sympathetic and the antagonists suitably evil.
My only quibble was that despite being advertised as a romantic thriller there was little romantic content in the novel, even for a New Adult. Also the ending whilst clever felt sudden and unresolved which left me somewhat dissatisfied, which is why I have given it a 4🌟 rating instead of a 5.