Monday, May 7, 2012

Book Review: The Future of Us

What would you do if you knew what was going to happen in the future?  Would you try to change it?  Or would it change simply by you knowing? 

This is what happens in Jay Asher’s The Future of Us.  The story is set in the 1990’s, when the Internet is just getting started.  Emma gets a new computer, and her neighbor and former best friend, Josh, gives her an AOL CD-ROM that they got in the mail.  But when she logs onto the Internet, she finds in her favorites folder a website she’s never heard of and has not yet been invented: Facebook.  She finds herself on Facebook fifteen years in the future, and is not happy with what she sees.  She shares her findings with Josh, and they try to figure out the mystery, while at the same time experimenting with their future selves.  But are they ready to deal with the long-term consequences?

For those of us who grew up in the 90’s, you will get a lovely feeling of nostalgia from this book, but for those of you who loved Thirteen Reasons Why, you might find the story a little unbelievable and lacking the depth of his previous work.