Monday, March 24, 2014

New Release from Ann Brashares

The Here and Now, by Ann Brashares
Expected Release Date: April 8, 2014

Book Description:

"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."

Angie's Review:

 "Thrilling, exhilirating, heart-breaking?" 
I sat down and started reading this at about 1:00 pm today, and I literally could barely put this down. I stayed up until midnight to finish this. The story sucks you in quickly and since it is a young adult novel, I found it to be an easy read. It was fast-paced and at every moment I was learning just a bit more about what had happened to cause these families to flee the future, and why they had created their rules. You start with questions and then you learn that there are conspiracies at work and even more mysteries to solve. And once you learn one thing, it opens up more questions. Even in the end, the characters believe they have done what is needed to change the world for the better, but who can be sure until time unfolds?

As for the characters- Prenna is a girl who begins this journey just as fearful and controlled as any of her fellow "immigrants." She is soon confronted with some startling truths and she is faced with a choice. She can shut her eyes and continue to live in the safety of this past time, or she can go against her family and her companions and risk everything to make the changes necessary to avert the disaster that she knows awaits the coming generations. She must become selfless and give up security for the betterment of all. This is no easy thing to face, and it is made even more complex by her feelings for Ethan.

And as Prenna uncovers more and more of the mysteries surrounding her, she begins to understand that Ethan too, is crucial to a brighter future. There are rumors that the "immigrants" might carry viruses that "time natives" are susceptible to.  If Prenna and Ethan are together, it might mean that she is jeopardizing him and everything they have worked to fix.  Can Prenna give Ethan up? Or can love conquer all?  

You can pre-order the book and read an excerpt now on Amazon.

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