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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 differentAn 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....

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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Here and Now Reviews

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    2019-02-13 20:35

    I have never read a successful book about time traveling. This book continues that trend. This book is about time travelers from circa 2100, AD, not too far off. The future is plagued with mosquitoes and dangue fever plague runs rampant.IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY FUCKING SENSE.This is one of the shorter books I've read this year. It could have been a whole lot shorter, because it was so completely lacking in viable plot. If a butterfly flapped its wings within the pages of the book, would it make me fall asleep? The answer is yes.This book has:1. No character development2. An insta-love who's not so much as a romantic interest as he is a walking, talking, kissing deus ex fucking machina3. A fucking moron of a heroine4. One-dimensional villains, extremely weak secondary characters5. A simultaneously confusing and simplistic plot riddled with (worm) holes6. A terribly unconvincing time-traveling settingThe Summary: Prenna James is from a terrible nonsensical future. Apparently, ~80 years from now, we have the technology for time travel, among other things, but people are suffering from illness and plagues.We have no idea how many people died in the plague, but there we have it.Roughly 1000 people were chosen to return to the past to live in a fairly enclosed community.We don't know how the people were chosen, we don't know why so few were chosen, but there we have it.Prenna arrived in New York in 2010, she literally appeared out of thin air. A 14-year old Ethan saw her appear in a pond of water. She is naked. It is love at first sight. Prenna is beautiful. And naked.She was the kind of girl he would dream up because she was approximately his age, her skin was bare except for the dark wet streamers of hair around her body, and she was supernaturally beautiful, like a mermaid or an elvish princess.Ethan goggles at her for a bit, this girl is clearly out of it. He gives her his jacket (hello, she's naked), and then, you know, just lets the girl-who-appeared-out-of-thin-air wander off to god-knows-where.He wanted to go with her, but he didn’t. He watched her stumble off through the trees in his blue Giants sweatshirt, looking overwhelmed by the tangled branches and the knotty roots and the mud and the bushes grabbing at her.Because what else could he do...like...I don't know...call the police? All's good, until she reappears in his precalculus classrom in his sophomore year of high school.Prenna's time-traveling community has 12 rules, all of which revolves around keeping their time-traveling status a secret from the world, isolating themselves from the people of the world because of the danger that the time travelers pose to the current world. The last rule is one that should have kept Prenna and Ethan apart.12. WE MUST NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, DEVELOP A PHYSICALLY OR EMOTIONALLY INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH ANY PERSON OUTSIDE THE COMMUNITY.Does it work? HA!Prenna and Ethan gets some advice from a crazy homeless dude whom Ethan nicknames Ben Kenobi (unrelated to Obi-Wan). Of course, they listen to him.How can I trust him? Who trusts the homeless, can-collecting man who sings opera to himself? Who does that?Something about the way he said my name. What if---?Hmmmmmmmmm...Right. Well, apparently the timeline itself. THE WORLD ITSELF IS IN DANGER. Wormholes and time traveling and shit are really, really dangerous, you know? Remember the episode of The Simpsons when Homer went back in time, stepped on a fish, and then all of a sudden the whole world is ruled by Ned Flanders? Well, we don't want that shit to happen. Prenna and James have got to save everyone! Save the world!Along the way to save the world, they:1. Make a detour to go to the beach“This is perfect,” Ethan says as we watch hordes of people in bathing suits stream by, dragging coolers and umbrellas and small children. “What better place for a couple of folks running for their lives and concerned with the fate of humanity?”2. Do some under-aged drinkingWe eat dinner on the patio of a Mexican restaurant spangled with twinkling white lights. Ethan brandishes his fake ID and comes back with a pitcher of sangria.3. Play card games“And during our downtime, I’m going to teach you Hearts.”“We’ve got to have our priorities,” I say.“We do. Because once you’ve got Hearts down, you’re set.”Prenna and James: saving the world, one card game at a time!!!!High IQ, My Ass: Prenna wasn't supposed to have made it to the past, she has asthma. She only made it through because of her extraordinary intelligence.My mom said it was really incredibly fortunate that somebody with asthma got to make the trip at all. She said something about my “enhanced IQ” making up for it.This book completely failed to convince me that Prenna's IQ is any higher than her shoe size. Prenna is so mind-numbingly dumb.For instance, Prenna realizes that her glasses are used as surveilance tools.The leaders and counselors track our movements, everything we see and say and hear. Nobody says so, naturally, but we all know it’s true. I think they do it through our glasses. I think there’s got to be a tiny camera and mic planted in them somewhere.Smart, right? Well, yeah, if she bothered to actually fucking use that fact. She is nearly blind without them. She wears them constantly. Prenna constantly makes fucking idiot plans and talk to people she shouldn't be talking to WHILE WEARING THEM, WHILE KNOWING THAT SHE IS BEING MONITORED.OH, sure! Reveal your fucking plan and your secret knowledge WHILE KNOWING PEOPLE ARE LISTENING IN. WHAT THE FUCK?!“There are so many things I have to tell you,” I rush on. I should be more careful—I know that on some level—but I can’t make myself be.”It's not just one instance. Every few pages, she does it. She could have just hidden the fucking glasses, but no, she talks over them, she talks in exaggerated tones thinking people are too stupid to realize that she's lying. She does it over, and over, and over. She takes no caution at all.“Prenna, stop.” She is terrified. “Please be quiet.”Suddenly I understand the tone of her voice. I hear more than see the presence of two men in the dining room. Ethan was right. I am stupid.Prenna is such an unconvincing character. She is a 16-year old from a difficult, hard-knock future without an iota of sense, without a single ounce of character. She makes grandiose speeches without anything to back them up. Prenna is an empty character.Red Flag Behavior: Prenna doesn't act like a fucking 16-year old. There are rules for her community, she gets "red-flagged" whenever she does something stupid that endangers their secrecy.It happens a lot. Over the dumbest fucking shit. She follows people around because the clothes they wear look similar to what she knew.I once saw a man in a plaid vest across the street, and I followed him around for an hour thinking he could be my dad. That was red-flag behavior too.Yeah, endanger everyone you know for the sake of a pair of fucking boots.“According to him, you followed a stranger for four blocks yesterday and asked her about her rain boots.”“Oh, right.” I should be contrite, but remembering it, I’m kind of excited. “She had my old boots! You know, the bright blue rubber ones hand-painted with ladybugs and parrots and geckos? Do you remember them? I loved those!”The Setting: Utterly unconvincing.1. The Language: In the future, we lost the ability to say the "th" sound?! The FUCK?I’m trying to write and talk the way they talk here, but it’s not easy. All th-th-th-th-ths. People thalking through their theeth. Mom—I am supposed to call her Mom here, pronounced MAH-AHM—she gives me these worried looks when I mess up, but she can’t really say the “th” sound. She makes this wobbly rubber band shape with her lips.I bet if I were to go back in time 90 years from now, I'd understand what the people of the 1920s said. I really don't get this. It's the same fucking United States.2. The PLAAAAAAAAAAGUE: The major plague that killed a ton of people in this book? It's dengue fever. Some of you may not know this, but I grew up in Vietnam on a rice farm. I had dengue fever when I was a child, it's a recurrent illness.See that area behind me? That's mosquito country, people. I was seriously sick to the point of death, and you can probably tell from where I am in that photo that we didn't exactly have excellent medical care in backwater Vietnam. I was treated in a hospital, if you can call a brick house with no electricity a "hospital."I survived.The thing is, we don't have a vaccine for dengue fever. Make no mistake, it's a shitty, shitty illness to have, but if you have adequate medical care (and even when you don't) the disease fucking goes away on its own.From Wikipedia: Dengue fever epidemiologyMost people with dengue recover without any ongoing problems. The mortality is 1–5% without treatment and less than 1% with adequate treatment.1. Fucking. Percent. So why are we fucking freaking out and traveling to the past?2. No Treatment for Dengue: This is a credibility problem. In the future, we have so many eadvanced technology. We can eat as much as we fucking want without getting fat. And not to mention the advances in plastic surgery.“Well, there was a lot of R and D money and scientific genius spent on pills and simple surgeries to let people eat as much as they wanted without getting fat. And there were big advances in plastic surgery technology, so people could shape their bodies exactly how they wanted and look super young, even when they were, like, seventy.And AIDS?, we got rid of that shit."AIDS was done with by that point."Oooook. So plastic surgery? Got it. No obesity. Got it. AIDS? BOOM. But dengue fever outbreak? WAAAAAAAAAH.It doesn't make any fucking sense.3. Iceberg Flooding No Resource Same Old Bullshit: This book doesn't break any new grounds in painting us a barely-100-year from now nightmare of a future. 100 years isn't really that long. And yet DISASTER ALL OVER THE FUCKING PLACE.The ice caps melting, the ice sheets collapsing, the water levels rising. The whole thing changes over about fifteen years. There are droughts and floods and storms that rip the topsoil right off the earth. Once people recover from one thing, there is another. The price of basic stuff like wheat and rice skyrockets, and governments come down because they can’t feed people.”And we don't even have clothes anymore, we recycle clothes. That's pretty much the dumbest thing I've ever heard, considering the advances in technology, we're down to re-using clothes because we can't make new clothes anymore?There are so many clothes now. But by the 2070s there was almost nothing new being made, and by the 2080s we were all wearing recycled stuff, a lot of it recycled from now. By the early 2090s, by the time we left to come here, most of it was in tatters.Romance: thy name is deus ex fucking machina: Ethan. Gorgeous Ethan. Ethan who can, will, and does everything he can to save Prenna's ass.The boy exists for no reason other than that: to get Prenna out of a tough spot, and to move the book along.Prenna appears in a pond, naked? He gives her clothing.Prenna gets jailed? He breaks her out.Prenna needs to go off on a quest to save the world? Well, Ethan will just call his family, tell them that he'll be gone for a few days and accompany her and chauffeur her around.Prenna needs to save someone? ETHAN TO THE RESCUE.Prenna needs someone to hack into a system! OH ETHAN'S ALSO A BRILLIANT COMPUTER PROGRAMMER AS WELL AS A PHYSICIST.There is just nothing to this book and the world within this book that's worth saving.Quotes were taken from an uncorrected proof subject to change in the final edition.

  • Giselle
    2019-02-15 15:25

    What a disappointment. And an unexpected one since I was such a fan of her Sisterhood in the Traveling Pants series (which rocked my socks off!). I didn't dislike this one right away; at first I was very much into it. We start by learning of their dystopian-like community that has formed in the past (our present), after having escaped from a plague ravaged future. A future that is, quite frankly, not at all unrealistic, making it all the more terrifying. Once we get down to business, though, things go downhill fast. From underdeveloped characters, to random - often boring - plot detours, to unemotional insta-love romance.Prenna starts out as a great character - stubborn and determined. She's from a future where touching meant death, and is now controlled by a creepy leader that imposes secrecy and a sealed community. All is good until she starts making dumb decisions with such obvious outcomes, that I became quickly and completely frustrated. The kind of dumb decisions that would make you throw popcorn at the TV. Unsurprisingly, she gets imprisoned due to her own stupidity. I actually found this particular detour to be quite random, even useless in the overall story progression. She gets caught, imprisoned, saved, then we end up exactly at the same place we were with nothing changed. It felt as if pages were added just to reach a word quota. Now on to Ethan, the love interest and savior. This guy is whatever the plot needs him to be. Can he quietly and efficiently cut glass to break Prenna out of prison like some modern day criminal? While yes, yes he can. Did he somehow procure and think to implant a tiny tracker in her shoe in case she gets imprisoned? Who wouldn't? Is he a hacker/programmer when they need to recover world-ending scientific data? Duh! Who is this guy? These are not the only conveniences throughout, either. They randomly find wads of cash tucked in with all the information they need to solve this mystery, left by the last person who tried. And don't even get me started on time travel logic which is completely ignored. The grandfather paradox proves especially problematic to my brain. *twitch* So these two kids have 2 (or was it 3?) days to stop the end of the world, but instead of putting their time and energy on actually... saving the world, they go to the beach, lounge on the sand, drink sangria, relax in hotel rooms, talk awkwardly about having sex, make detours to a school to reminisce on her past, play cards and cards and then more cards. Yawn! Sex is brought up more than once too, often through innuendos and blasé-like in an old-married-couple kind of way. It felt so impassive. The romance in general lacked passion and depth. I did not feel this "meant-to-be" connection they apparently had. And even though he's had a crush on her for years, and her on him, their love declarations felt hasty and unconvincing. Lastly, I didn't buy the ending where a teenager "sticks it to the man".Obviously I had my share of problems with this one, but there were a couple things I liked. The plausibility of the future, for one, made what Prenna lived through plenty horrifying. I also liked her letters to Julius that are scattered throughout, describing her reactions to our ways of life that are weird and foreign to her. At the end of the day, these unfortunately did not make up for my overall annoyance. --An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  • Delee
    2019-02-13 21:17

    3.5What is the most dangerous creature on earth?Before reading THE HERE AND NOW, I hadn't really thought about it...but after recently reading numerous articles and watching a BBC documentary on the spread of disease over the years- I found out, it very well could be the -ever so annoying- mosquito.[image error]Mosquitoes and the diseases they spread have been responsible for killing more people than all the wars throughout history. Transmitting diseases to millions, killing millions, debilitating millions by a host of mosquito-borne diseases, including Filariasis, Yellow fever, Malaria, Dengue and Encephalitis- and the newest scare- the Zika Virus. The First ever mosquito-borne STD.Sooooooo when you are sitting on your deck this summer, covering yourself with bug repellent, basking by your citronella candle, and waving away the pesky things- just think- one day they could be responsible for the end of the world as we know it. [image error]April 2010 Haverstraw, New York - While fishing at Haverstraw Creek- Thirteen-year-old Ethan Jarves sees a girl that seems to appear out of nowhere. Naked, confused, cold and wet- Nathan is only able to give her his sweatshirt, before she runs off- leaving him to wonder about who she is. Two and a half years later she walks into his pre-calculus class. Her name is Prenna James.2014- Four years ago, 17-year-old Prenna James- her mother- Molly- and just under a thousand others- immigrated- from the future- where plague, food shortages and global warming have brought about an environmental catastrophe- The Dama X Virus also called the blood plague. Terrified of ever being discovered- 'The Community" follows very strict rules and guidelines set out by their leaders- to blend in with their surroundings, always fearing what would happen if their true identities are revealed . Twelve rules- the last- the most important. 12) NEVER, under any circumstances, develop a physical or emotional intimate relationship with any person outside "The Community". Ethan Jarves is not a member of "The Community"..but the more Prenna and Ethan get to know each other- the more Prenna starts questioning alllllll the rules.[image error]THE HERE AND NOW discusses some very serious and important subjects- first and foremost the issue of Global Warming- and what we are alllllll doing to this world of ours- but it does so for the most part without being too preachy. Compared to other apocalyptic/dystopian YA novels that I have read, I would call this apocalyptic/dystopian- LITE. It really is for a younger demographic. Mixed within the tale of a bleak future- is a sweet love story and there is very little violence or action. So those of you looking for hardcore science fiction/fantasy entertainment- you should probably steer away from this one...but I think as a pre-teen/young teen- I would have loved it! *Received from NetGalley

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-02-14 17:19

    This could have been such a good book! It just didn't make it there for me. Prenna has traveled back in time to escape a blood virus carried by mosquitoes..Just the kind of book I love right? NOT. The girl is about the most dingy main character I've read in awhile. She and her instalove boyfriend set out to save the world. They take breaks to discuss sex, play cards and who cares by this point what.By the time anything actually happens in this book you really don't care anymore. Dang you book!! I wanted so much more from you.

  • Aly's Bookish Wonderland
    2019-02-06 21:28

    DNF @ 18%I just did not care. About the characters, the flimsy plot, the faster-than-light insta-love. The writing was bland, Prenna was a bore who spoke in weird, weird metaphors and similes and the "romance"? If you try and argue that it was "pre-existing", I will fight you to the death.It was pure and simple insta-love. At 18%Not even sorry.

  • Evie
    2019-02-18 17:33

    ** This is actually somewhere between 4.5 and 5 stars, but since I really (and I mean REALLY) enjoyed reading it, I am going to go with 5. This was my first book by Ann Brashares and I really loved it. For whatever reason, I never got around to picking up any of her Sisterhood novels, even though they always sounded fun and exciting to me. I'm glad I didn't make the same mistake with her latest literary endeavor. The Here and Now is a gorgeously written, smart and moving Science Fiction novel about time travel, forbidden love, difficult choices, sacrifices and second chances. I love Sci Fi books, especially when they revolve around the subject of time travel and paradoxes. I particularly adore books that are intellectually stimulating and seamlessly plotted, with unpredictable twists and surprising reveals. And if they pull on my heartstrings and make me wonder about certain things in my own life (love, friendship, family bonds, destiny, etc..) - even better! The Here and Now did all that for me and I guess it's safe to say that I loved everything about it. Ann Brashares writing style is simply beautiful and breathtaking. She has a fantastic way with words. She draws you in and keeps you there, and before you even realize it, you're completely lost in the story. Her style is evocative, insightful and honest. The book is filled with thoughts and passages that just beg to be highlighted and quoted. It's not just some cheesy Sci Fi flick, it's a truly thoughtful and meaningful story that just happens to have a fascinating time travel premise. Our heroine, Prenna, immigrated to 2010 New York from a distant future. A future where the world as we know it no longer exists. It's been destroyed by our own selfishness and ignorance. A deadly blood pandemic killed millions, leaving the survivors to live in constant fear of getting infected. No time to come up with a solution. No way to fix things. Together with a group of survivors, Prenna travels back in time and starts a new life in New York, where she is safe from the pandemic, but far from being free. There are strict rules she and other time-travellers have to follow. She has to do her best to blend in, she can't draw attention to herself, she is not allowed to talk about the future or her life before the time travel, and - most importantly - she can't get intimate with any of the time-natives. While not very happy about it, Prenna manages to follow all these rules. At least until one day a short conversation with a certain homeless guy flips her entire life completely insight out. I really liked both Prenna and her time-native friend, Ethan. Their relationship was obviously very complicated - and by complicated I mean strictly forbidden, possibly life-threatening to one or even both of them. They were so perfect together. The chemistry between them was both sweet and spine-tingling. And yet their love story was a tragic one. A real forbidden and impossible love, not some fake, "it-all-magically-works-out-in-the-end" one. A truly heartbreaking story that kept me glued to the pages all the way through.The character development was very good. I especially enjoyed learning about Prenna, her experiences, thoughts and feelings. Coming from year 2098, she had a hard time adjusting to the new reality and I really loved reading about her reactions to certain things - things that we would normally take for granted, like clothes, fully-stocked stores or cookies. And I thought the letters to her deceased brother, in which she'd talk about the world in 2010 and all the things that amazed her, were a great addition to the story. At 288 pages, The Here and Now makes for a quick and very entertaining read. But, even though it's not very long, it's certainly a well thought-out and satisfying read. A book full of surprises, brilliant thoughts and truly heartbreaking moments. I can't wait to read more of Ann Brashares works!

  • Rose
    2019-02-19 15:28

    Quick review for a quick read. Goodness, what a disappointment. This so called "epic romantic thriller" was surprisingly emotionless, tedious, and unimaginative. It saddens me to say that I expected so much more from Ann Brashares. I'm not going to say that there weren't great ideas in this story and some moments of clarity, but just as soon as they were built, they were subsequently dropped. Not to mention they were noted in a tell, not show fashion that related a disconnect throughout the entire narrative.To note, I actually love time travel stories. I used to watch marathons of the TV series "Early Edition" all the time. It features Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Light's fame) playing Gary, a guy who gets the morning paper that predicts things that will happen a day early. He takes it upon himself to try to change bad events into good, and gets help from his friends Marissa, a wise blind woman who helps him along in his decisions, and Chuck, who ultimately wants Gary to use his "gifts" to more personal uses. I loved this series, it was fun in concept and creativity. I'll also admit to being a fan of the "Back to the Future" trilogy. And I really enjoyed another little known movie named "In His Father's Shoes," which transports a boy back in time to examine his father's childhood via some magic shoes after his father passes away from cancer. Those are stories I found fun and/or interesting to watch, but I'll admit I don't mind reading/watching/perusing media where a love story is somewhere within the time travel measure too. Case in point? "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" and perhaps "RahXephon" could count (though if I discuss the latter in that spectrum... *spoilers*!)But this book? Despite having some very interesting ideas, it fell flat for emotion and execution. The story revolves around the perspective of Prenna, a 17 year old girl who migrated from the future when she was only 12. In the precursory scenes of this narrative, a boy (Ethan Jarves) watches as Prenna arrives from the time cycle, though he doesn't initially believe what he sees. The two end up in each other's circles and eventually fall in love despite it being forbidden for them to do so. But there's a greater measure here as despite their relationship, they have to thwart an attempt to throw off the timeline in the present day by someone who may throw the future into more chaos than it actually is. The future is said to be bleak, but honestly it's so ill conceived that it's hard to believe. It's given next to no development, and random bits of information about said future are hardly developed. Prenna's focuses turn to her interpretations of the present day life and honestly -it comes across as dull and unimaginative for presentation. You can tell the romantic story is the main focus here, but even that's shortchanged. I could not feel for the life of me the romantic connections between Prenna and Ethan. The intimacy was awkward in presentation and lacking in vetting for the most part. There were moments I could say that had potential, but it was very mediocre especially Brashares' strength in developmental intimacy as shown by the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series. I would even say that her work "The Last Summer (of You and Me)" was better than this, though it had flaws of a different sort despite its intimacies and problematic characters.I can't say that I recommend this one despite some great ideas, which included a desperate time traveler wanting to avert his own tragedy, a reveal of a stranger being closer to Prenna than even she knows, and Prenna's attempts to avoid a tragedy with her loved one while at the same time having to make a tough decision of letting go for the sake of providing a future. Much of it is presented in such a static way that it's hard to put a finger to the pulse of it.I really wish this were a better experience. It was just so much that was underwhelming about it that it surprised me in the wrong way - more in the line of a great disappointment.Overall score: 1.5/5 starsNote: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.

  • Ash Wednesday
    2019-02-07 15:11

    2 STARSSo Al Gore decided to write a pre-apocalyptic, time-travel young adult romance…In all honesty, I liked that this attempted to at least cut across a bigger message, one that’s worth writing about, sure. But if I’m going to read about a spineless, astigmatic time-traveler moon over a boy and his mad card-playing and science skillz, at least make me feel like there’s some subtext of purpose snuck in. So while this lacked a certain degree of subtlety in that aspect, I’d take the thinly-veiled hippie propaganda (which isn’t really that hard to get on board with) but leave out the romance, the efforts to make Prenna a hero (because, no) and the implausible science.Prenna travels back to 2010 with a community of time-travellers with the intent of altering certain pivotal events that would inevitably lead to the world’s demise. But the council has grown slack of this purpose and instead has been contented in blending with the natives, implementing rules that keeps them from interfering with history choosing instead to enjoy the time when the consequences have yet to exist. That’s until Prenna meets a mysterious homeless man and a boy who makes her want to break all the rules.I actually like certain aspects of this story and I have a feeling I’d have enjoyed this story better if not for certain quirks in my personality.People versus mosquito. Who should win? We built rockets and cathedrals. We wrote poems and symphonies. We found a passage through time. And yet. We also wreck the planet for our own habitation and the mosquito will win. Unless we succeed in changing course, it will win.There's science behind the (view spoiler)[The thing is, I’m a Biology major. I don’t understand wormholes and quantum physics stuff but I kinda dug ecology back in college and microbiology is one of my favourite subjects in med school. So when I learned that Prenna, the heroine, is a time-traveler from 2090 when the world’s population has been decimated by a Dengue plague, I was a little curious how exactly this book will pull that off. Some basic facts:Management of Dengue is by hydration and antipyretics. You CAN die of Dengue but only if you caught it in the late, hemorrhagic stages.Transmission is NOT by contact or droplet but solely by a vector, a specific kind of mosquito. Which is why its highly endemic to the wet and humid parts of the globe. (hide spoiler)]I liked how this managed to portray and connect the vague concepts of climate change, human behaviour and current research practices and how these can potentially impact a person in the most rudimentary level.However this book took a lot of creative liberties in its attempt to become original in choosing a disease not as well- known or terrifying as, say smallpox, and painting an exaggerated and inaccurate picture of it. It just stretches the logic a bit too far for me. Of course, a wastebasket excuse would be, hey it’s a mutated strain! But anyone with a basic understanding of virology will probably laugh at the alternative “future” history this book managed to pull out of the proverbial hat.Outside the shoddily devised science, the story relies heavily on the budding romance between Prenna and the token nerdy hero, Ethan, who met and fell in love with each other over a sweatshirt at first sight while freezing in a river.She was the kind of girl he would dream up because she was approximately his age, her skin was bare except for the dark wet streamers of hair around her body, and she was supernaturally beautiful, like a mermaid or an elvish princess.I don’t know, my first reaction when seeing someone appear out of thin air while I’m fishing alone in the middle of nowhere would probably go along the lines of freaking the hell out rather than indulging my World of Warcraft fantasies. I quite liked the imagination of the future and wished more scenes were focused on explaining certain details rather than the effort to charm me with two extremely bland characters and their senseless name-callings and silly interludes of buying swimsuits and learning card games. It wouldn’t have worked in the proper circumstances but having these happen while they’re on their way to save the world from fucking itself up? It didn’t work and misplaced frivolities just annoys the hell out of me.The climactic scenes failed to thrill, especially when the plot twist of (view spoiler)[Ethan being the evil time traveller (hide spoiler)] didn’t happen. I initially looked at this story under a more forgiving light thinking its a debut novel, but seeing as it’s not just multiplied the disappointment exponentially.ARC provided by the publishers in exchange for an honest review. Quotes may not appear in the final edition.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2019-02-15 18:17

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ARC provided by NetGalley. Thank you, NetGalley!!!!1.5 StarsI never read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (because I’m not into self-harm HA!). Although The Here and Now is by the same author, I held out hope I would like it based on the following blurb:“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.”Sadly, the following would have been a more realistic description:“A super dullsville romp about a time traveler who not only hopes to save mankind, but also wants to lose her V-Card.”I realize complaining about the “romance” will be considered unfair by many since the synopsis flat-out warns it will be there, but the synopsis also said it was about a time traveler (SQUEEEEE – A TIME TRAVELER!!!!) and that it would be a real “thriller”. Uhhhhhhhh. Notsamuch. The potential was there – Prenna and Ethan are supposed to save the world and that should be exciting, but sadly the duo is no Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson. The who and the how and the where and the why of the breakdown of society as we know it are all pretty CRYSTAL FREAKING CLEAR, but somehow it takes Prenna and Ethan until they are smacked right in the face to piece the puzzle together.Oh, and I’m not even going to bother spoiling this so just stop reading right now if you are the sort to get preachy in the commentary – the supposed big scary bad guy that gets the focus as being the cause of what is finally able to nearly wipe out civilization???? Yep. Farking mosquitos. You mean to tell me in a future plagued with global warming, pollution, and other whate-have-yous requiring the invention of time travel, no one could figure out a way to make a better citronella candle????? If nothing else, what better excuse to wear this little ensemble for the rest of eternity:There just aren’t many (any???) positive things I can say about this one, but the final nail in the coffin for me? The damn open ending. Even though it is not marked as such, it’s pretty clear Brashares could easily be talked into writing book #2 (or 3 or 4 and godjustmakeitstop!). After all, we have to know if Prenna and Ethan will “do it”, right????Yeah, Prenna, so own it.

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    2019-01-30 22:11

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  • AH
    2019-01-26 22:31

    Initial Thoughts: A group of travelers from the future arrive in our time, escaping plague and environmental disasters. They are closely monitored by their group and are given 12 rules that they must follow in order not to change the timeline. Interesting premise. Did it work? Yes - I read this book in one sitting. I loved Prenna and Ethan. The Review:3.5 starsI read this book a few weeks ago and got a positive vibe from it. As I sat down to write my review, I found myself wondering what made The Here and Now an interesting read for me. Frankly, I had a hard time remembering. I checked through my notes and found things that jogged my memory: time travel, secret society, plague. Hmm...So the basic premise of this book is that in the future, the Earth suffers from a devastating plague which decimates the population. There's also some sort of environmental catastrophe as well. The survivors find a way to go back in time and live in our time period about 100 years before the disasters hit.The surviving time travelers live a restrictive life in the past(our present) in order to avoid changing timelines. They are constantly monitored by their leaders and take multiple drugs(some sort of vitamin concoction). Prenna is one of the travelers. Her arrival in a shimmer of light was witnessed by Ethan, one of the few people who can identify time travelers on sight. Their paths cross later on when they attend the same school. Ethan has been in love with Prenna ever since he first saw her. What follows is a forbidden love story as the travelers have been banned from any relationships with people from the present. I liked both of the main characters. Prenna was a bit of a rebel but ultimately she was smart and resourceful. Ethan was brainy and totally devoted to Prenna.You can't miss the environmentalism messages in this book, especially how we must take care of our world before it becomes dangerous for us to live in.Overall, an enjoyable read. Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for a review copy of this book.

  • Richie Partington
    2019-02-13 21:36

    Richie's Picks: THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares, Delacorte, April 2014, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-385-73680-0 If you could have one shot at traveling back in time, where would you go? If you had the audacity to try to change history, what is it that you would try to do?"I start to stand up, but he reaches for my hand. 'Prenna, please. Only another minute. It may be important. There is a single act, a murder, that will change the course of history, and it must be stopped. I don't want to give you any more details if I don't need to.'"The more he talks, the more I feel like I know him. But he's not part of our community. He can't be. His voice digs at my memory. I must have known him from my old life. A friend from my grandmother Tiny's time or maybe an older colleague of one of my parents. I am too panicked to slow my brain down and figure it out."I picture Mr. Robert. I've got to calm down. I need to play this off. I need to hide my fear. I can't let the old man know any of this is happening to me."'This man who commits this murder. He told me about it before he died. He was very sick, and he wasn't speaking clearly. But I am sure of the date. I am sure it is the fork, and he knew it too. If we miss it, it's too late. There's no going back.'"'Well,' I clear my throat. I take a breath. I try to sound calm, even patronizing. He is crazy, after all. 'If the guy died, you don't have to worry about him murdering anybody.'"'He's not dead yet,' the old man says, almost impatiently. 'That doesn't happen for another sixty years.'"I feel a new kind of anxiety start at the bottoms of my feet. Who is he? Where is he from? How does he know these things? Why is he telling this to me?"Four years ago, Prenna and the rest of her "community" traveled from a dying human civilization at the end of the twenty-first century backward to 2010. What she doesn't remember from her "immigration" is that when she made her sudden appearance in 2010, alone, without clothes, along a creek, a boy her age who happened to be fishing along that creek gave her his blue New York Giants sweatshirt to wear and pointed her toward the bridge she asked him about. That boy, Ethan, who watched the air ripple and splinter and eventually spit out a naked girl, spends the next two and a half years contemplating that experience until, on the first day of his sophomore year of high school, that very same girl sits down behind him in his precalculus class. What Prenna does recall very well is the date that the old man speaks of. When she arrived in 2010, five numbers were scribbled magic marker-like on her arm. Those numbers -- 51714 -- represent the date that the murder will take place. Ethan saw them on her arm, and remembers those numbers, too. Like the other members of her time-traveling community, Prenna is required to follow strict dictates about fitting into the current time and culture without making any kind of significant connections with the "time natives." She knows that the leaders of the community are engaging in ongoing surveillance of community members and understands that not following the rules could turn out to be a fatal mistake. So what will she do when what the old man later tells her runs totally counter to all the rules and what she's been indoctrinated to believe?HERE AND NOW, Prenna and Ethan's story, is a mind-blowing sci-fi romantic thriller about escape from a dystopian future whose seeds have already been sown and are well-known to anyone paying attention in 2013. It repeatedly caused me "What if?" thoughts, as our young heroes seek the key to changing the future. And, of course, the question is: Can and will they have a future together? So to what year in the past would I travel, and what would I try to change? I'm going with the evidence right under my nose. The bookmark I've been using is decorated with rows of varying colored peace signs surrounding the word "IMAGINE." I'd be wanting to stop a murder, too. Richie Partington, MLISRichie's Picks http://richiespicks.comBudNotBuddy@aol.comhttps://www.facebook.com/richie.parti...Moderator http://groups.yahoo.com/group/middle_... http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/people/facult...

  • Krystle
    2019-01-25 20:23

    This book has got to be a joke. Someone please tell me it is. You can’t be this horrible on purpose, can you? Seriously, it feels like this book was written in order to cash in on the dystopian/post-apocalyptic craze and the new resurgence of contemporary in the YA market.And it fails terribly.For such a short book, it was a struggle of monumental proportions to get through this. At only 242 pages, even if it’s a subpar read, I would finish this in a day or a day and a half. No, this took me a freaking week and a half.The writing is simplistic, lacks any sort of depth or insight, and is detached from any emotional output. Prenna is one of the dumbest characters I’ve ever read. She constantly puts herself in situations or creates problems for herself that she could’ve easily avoided, even when other characters point out specifically things she should not do or how doing these things would get her in trouble she goes and does it anyway. Like the use of glasses to monitor an individual’s behavior, what does she do? Freaking blabs to everyone under the sun about her suspicions and what she’s planning and crap!Or goes up to completely strangers and barrages them with questions about where they get stuff and if they know how it somehow relates to her. Yeah, so not creepy.Prenna is also selfish in that she only does what she wants and what’s good for her community and the current pressing mystery at hand is an afterthought. If I wanna get some mushy times on with my boyfriend than by dammit, I sure will! To hell with the future!Let’s not even get started on the world building. Not only is it skimped over, the brief mentions of how the future world came to be are not explained nor are they logical. Like how. How!? Really, some sort of mosquito borne illness just wipes out everyone? Are you serious? And yet we could somehow cure AIDS and not find a vaccine or cure for this illness?! Wtf!And, really, we’re such an advanced society that we lose the ability to pronounce “th” or from my applied linguistic background, the interdental fricative of voiced and voiceless quality (ð and θ)?! Okay, maybe I can make an allowance for her because I can’t really pronounce these efficiently due to my background as a Pidgin speaker but I can make them if I focus on it but there is no indication she comes from a dialect or variety of English where this would make this a factor, no it’s just an absence and I’m sorry there hasn’t been that much loss or change in the actual “phonological” production of English.Ugh, this book was so ridiculous. Prenna is just a self-absorbed little brat and I can’t stand the romance. It was tedious and all Ethan serves as her savior. Rescue her from death? Ethan. Figure out parts of the mystery? Ethan. Take her away from her forced isolation and entrapment? Ethan. GOD. GO AWAY ALREADY.No. Awful. If this is supposed to be a sterling example of the author’s work I am staying far away from the rest of her stuff.

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2019-02-17 21:07

    2.5 starsHaving read several negative reviews back when The Here and Now was first released, I nevertheless decided to give it a fair chance hoping I would feel differently, as I sometimes do. The opening part seemed very promising, which allowed me to think my stubbornness would be rewarded, but it quickly became clear that my opinion would align with those of several trusted friends. The Here and Now is not a bad book as such, but I found it lacking in characterization, scientific background and sometimes, unfortunately, even common sense.My main problem with Brashares’ novel is that it completely neglects any scientific theories involving time travel. It addresses possible consequences superficially, choosing not to base them on one of many existing scientific debates. This lack of research, especially when there’s so much material to draw from, is truly the only thing I can’t overlook or forget. Prenna starts out as an excellent character. She lives in a community of time travelers from the future under very strict rules. Her world was ruined by the plague and while those that traveled seem to be immune, they can nevertheless be extremely dangerous for the so called time natives. Unlike her peers, Prenna is no stranger to critical thinking and she’s ready to defy her elders when their many rules make little sense. Although I liked her at the start, I soon noticed that Prenna was a pretty generic character, with nothing that would make her stand out and be remembered. She was rebellious, but not convincingly so, and it didn’t take long for her to lose my affection.After four years of living by the rules, Prenna breaks them because of a boy. Ethan was present when she first arrived to her new life, but she doesn’t actually remember him. Still, there’s an undeniable closeness and a strong friendship that develops despite all the lies. Despite genuinely liking him, I was a bit perplexed by Ethan’s character because he seemed to transform into anything the story (or Prenna) required. He had access to tiny tracker devices, he understood very advanced physics, was able to run away with Prenna and rescue her from a well-guarded facility. His many talents were so unlikely that they constantly challenged my suspension of disbelief.The upside of this book is that it’s fairly short and very easy to read. Even though it’s severely flawed, it’s pretty entertaining while you’re actually reading it. The story may not be able to withstand close scrutiny, but parts of it are enjoyable nevertheless.

  • Charley Cook
    2019-01-20 22:11

    It wasn't bad by a long shot, just not enough content. It felt like a start of something, just, not complete. IDK MAAAAAAN

  • Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
    2019-02-08 17:25

    Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?Upon seeing this book at NetGalley my heart skipped a beat. I thought we were finally getting a sequel to My Name is Memory, a book I adored so much. Once I realized that it's not the case I still wanted to read this book as Ann Brasheres is an author I admire. Luckily I got a chance. Everything starts with the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna, who immigrated to New York five years ago. It wouldn't be a big thing if Prenna and all her friends haven't arrived from a different time period. They all have came from future in order to save their lives and hopefully the future, because the huge mosquito-borne illness has killed millions and millions of the people. It wouldn't be nothing unusual, only if she followed the rules. Not just the present ones, but the ones she isn't aware of. Upon coming to New York she was seen by a boy who still remembered her, even though no one is allowed to see them traveling. Prenna started as a character I liked. She was lost and at the same time trying to follow the rules that are imposed upon her and trying to find who she was. Only sadly, later she became a girl that annoyed me a bit. She made some really stupid decisions and I wanted to yell (I did that actually) at her, at moments. When it comes to Ethan, well I don't how to describe him. He is all and nothing at the same time. At moments so passive and idiotic and at moments brilliant and you can see that he is really smart and good guy, but the problem is that many things that would be illogical for him, as for example time-travel, he just looked over, like it was nothing. Then there is the chemistry between the two. Huh, this is the hardest part to explain. It was sweet, but most of the time it was empty and emotionless and usually awkward. This book and the story did have potential and the whole concept of the time traveling wasn't new but it worked with this idea, only I wish that certain things were tackled more logically and with more reason than I could find here.Rating: 2.5 stars.

  • Jo
    2019-02-09 15:24

    It's not always easy to strike a balance between enough science to explain the world and not overwhelming the reader. Brasheres does a nice job of balancing the two. Time travel always makes my head hurt a little, but this one did a nice job of not being too cerebral. I don't know if this is a stand alone - if it is three cheers to Brasheres for the way it ended. That took guts.

  • Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
    2019-02-06 21:30

    Review originally posted at ,a href="http://mostlyyalit.blogspot.ca/2014/0... YA LitAs a fan of Ann Brashares' The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, I was really excited to read this - her first YA novel since that series, and a time-travel one, too! I'm really sad to say that while the book had some really gorgeous passages that made me think, I found the plot and characters to be pretty trite.I was engaged in the plot most of the time that I was reading, and I did want to know what would happen...but at the same time, I was bored. Firstly, the plot fell into cliche territory - if you've read any dystopian or sci-fi novels, you know that if you're given a set of rules at the beginning of the novel that feel like they violate an individual's freedoms, the main character is going to need to break some rules and change the course of things in order to make things better. While there were a few twists and turns in the plot that had me into the book, for the most part, the story went pretty much the way that I expected.That would have been okay had it not been for the fact that the characters felt really inauthentic to me. There was very little description of who they were, what they liked, or what they even looked like. They were like shells of people who only had one or two traits: Prenna was a time-traveller trying to break away, and her only real trait or interest was that she was in love with Ethan. Ethan was a cute guy interested in physics and Prenna. The rest of the characters are secondary characters that are archetypes of villains (the counselor that wants Prenna to obey the rules) or heroes (the aged, homeless man who sits behind the A&P who befriends Ethan and has more information than he seems to have), fading into the background throughout the novel, and only appearing when necessary.The few times there was described characterization or behavior, it was usually a deus ex machina. For instance, at one point, we are told that Ethan has put a tracker bug on someone. A TRACKER? Ethan is a normal human teenager - what teenager do you know who just happens to have tracker technology sitting around his bedroom?Because we don't know much about the main characters, and much of their early interaction is before the novel even starts,  we are simply told that they are in love with each other - and so the romance feels very much like insta-love. There were a few moments that were a bit swoonworthy - Brashares knows her way around good romantic dialogue - but ultimately, that lack of connection made it hard to be invested in their survival or their romance. I cared enough about the plot and the writing to keep going with the book, but that was it.The one thing I will say this book had going for it was that it had themes and ideas that got me thinking. I felt like Brashares was using this medium in order to discuss the vagaries of information sharing, privacy, technology, and climate change. That part of the book - where we discover more about the future and Prenna and Ethan discuss how to make things better - was measured and beautifully written. For me, these themes and the writing saved the book and made it worth reading.Bonuses:  Time Travel That Makes Sense: I find that most people who write time travel usually don't know what they're talking about - or they go somewhere between what my husband calls the "Back to the Future" version of time travel (where everything you do changes something) and the "Bill & Ted" version of time travel (where everything you do was always that way, and you can't change anything). Brashares manages to keep to one version of time travel, and I feel like it works quite well.The Final Word:  I wanted to like this book so much, but I was disappointed in its cliched plot and its lack of real character development. I did like the pacing of the book and it had some thoughtful, beautifully written moments that made it worth reading, but ultimately, this isn't one I'll be recommending a lot.

  • Alexandria
    2019-02-13 17:30

    I received a copy of this book from Hachette Children's Books through NetGalley.3/5 starsPrenna James is part of a group of people who traveled back in time to escape a future in which a mosquito-borne illness has taken the lives of many and is leaving their world in ruins. These people who traveled back must not interfere with the delicacy of time by following a strict set of rules. One of which is to never become intimate with anyone outside of their community. But everything changes when Prenna does the unthinkable and falls in love.I really enjoyed the concept of time-travel in this book. However, I wish that how time travel is possible was explained. The book starts off with Prenna and the others traveling back to the year 2010, but we never find out how they did it. Obviously there was some kind of scientific breakthrough in the future where they finally figured it out; I just wish we knew what they discovered and if there was a machine or something that sent them back.Overall, the book was somewhat enjoyable. The story was intriguing and the writing was very easy to follow, but some aspects of the story just felt underdeveloped.

  • Sophia Sardothien
    2019-01-23 15:11

    Thank you netgalley for giving me this ebook copy As you see, I'm really intrigued by female time travelling books or anything like going to different alternative books, I find premises like that really compelling and gripping. I'm really sad when I can DNF really early in this book, the writing style was just extremely difficult for me. The plot was extremely unengaging as I read on.A girl from the future travelling back to 2014 unique. unique. But then the writing style was just a mess for me, the author constantly describes stuff at one point I just started drifting to sleep which doesn't happen much on me. Overall I won't really recommend this book :/ Have a nice day :D

  • i.
    2019-01-30 16:06

    I am NOT a fan of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, I haven't even read any of the books and I am not going to. I watched a film based of the first book a long time ago, it was OK and that's it.So I was more than reluctant when I started reading my first book by Ann Brashares,but since it seemed to be a dystopian novel about time travellers I thought it was worth a try. To read this review ,which is full of SPOILERS and watch some videos go to :http://theleisurediaries.blogspot.com...

  • Ricki
    2019-01-20 21:34

    This book was AMAZING but lost its fifth star in the final 22 pages. Dang fantastic book for the first 90%, and soooo scary because its social commentary is dead-on.“You know what surprises me most?” I say as we each sit down on a swing.“What?”“That everybody knows.”Ethan kicks at the dirt under his swing. “What do you mean?”“Everybody here knows what’s going to happen. Before we moved, I imagined that people in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries must have been ignorant of what they were doing to the world, because how else could they have kept on doing it? But they do know. They don’t know exactly how it will unfold, but they know a lot.”“We do know, don’t we?”“People from the twenty eighties look back on this period now and the one just ahead as the golden age of science. As the golden age of a lot of things, actually. You can’t imagine the nostalgia for this exact time. The science was good enough to predict a century ahead what was going to happen. And it’s not just a handful of scientists who know, it’s everybody. I read about it, hear about it, see it on the news practically every day. There couldn’t be any more warning.”Writing style is beautiful, clear, and nuanced. Lately I've read authors who were trying too hard, so the subtle poetic quality here was refreshing.GUH I searched forever for a review to link that explained the time travel, but it looks like NO ONE CARES about that part >:( GUESS I HAVE TO DO IT MYSELF(view spoiler)[Up until page 219, this book was so glittering brilliant that I was sure Brashares was going to pull it all together and reveal how the time travel worked. BUT THEN SHE NEVER DID AND IT TURNED OUT THAT NONE OF IT MADE ANY SENSE :( :( :(This is a time travel explanation of Ann Brashares' novel The Here and Now. However, I'm too lazy to skim through the book a second time, so this is just from memory and sloppy as all get out.Ann Brashares' The Here and Now uses the many worlds model of time travel, although she may not know that herself, as most people who use it don't. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, just believe me and try to keep up. I wrote my English Master's Degree on time travel in literature, and I'm not going to bother explaining the most basic parts.)Let's map it out!World #1No one has traveled to the past yet (obviously). Ethan is interested in physics for its own sake (not because he saw Prenna come through a wormhole) and studies with Mona Ghali, and together they create the solution to the fossil fuel problem, eliminating much of humanity's carbon footprint. This angers Andrew Baltos, whose father is a big oil guy and loses his company and commits suicide. Even though the future is a pretty cool place to be and everyone ought to be happy about the lack of pollution, SOMEHOW Andrew convinces old!Ethan to send him back to the past to kill his former colleague Mona. THIS MAKES NO SENSE:a) So Ethan somehow becomes the inventor of time travel--not just someone working on renewable energy?b) If Ethan can apparently send people back in time, why would he do it? And why choose Andrew? Ethan worked with Mona--why would he sanction her assassination? Or if Andrew didn't tell him what his real plan was (to go back and kill Mona), then what reason did he give? How did Andrew convince Ethan to send him back?In any case, FOR SOME REASON Ethan gives him a picture of the creek where he will arrive and sends him back in time. (Is this a random photo, or is it meant to be the picture Ethan drew of the wormhole by the creek? Better be the former, because the latter would make no sense, because Ethan hasn't seen that wormhole in this world.)Andrew then travels into the past of a parallel world:World #2Andrew appears in the past (I think they said he got there in 2010? It's never explained why all the travelers arrive in 2010) and just hangs out for years, not bothering to kill Mona until May 17, 2014. There's absolutely no reason given for his dallying--shouldn't he kill her ASAP, before her research can have any impact? She's still publishing articles while Andrew is sleeping around with random women! Unfortunately, the women Andrew sleeps with--and people they come in contact with--are slowly infected with some kind of disease he brought with him.Anyways, May 17 finally comes around and Andrew kills Mona and presumably Ethan. (I'm assuming it wasn't just some kind of cosmic coincidence and Ethan dies for a completely separate reason, although the book leaves this possibility open.) Andrew then escapes police custody. Without Mona/Ethan's research and leadership, the world will slowly pollute itself to death and create the warm, wet conditions for the mosquitoes to spread the disease.Decades later, Andrew is an old man in an institution and he tells Poppy (Prenna's dad) about how he time traveled. He gives Poppy the 12 rules of time travel that the community should adhere to, and he confides that he really regrets killing Mona on May 17, 2014. (Neither Andrew nor Poppy connect that Andrew is the originator of the Blood Plagues.) Poppy gives the rules to the community. He wants to prevent the killing of Mona (although I guess he never told them that straight out, because the community doesn't seem to know anything about it) and tells them he wants to change the past. They kick him off the project--but somehow not before he cryptically inks his daughter's arm with the date?I'm guessing at this bit. The book apparently NEVER EXPLAINS where Prenna got the inked numbers from, so I'm going to go ahead and guess that just before she left, her dad wrote them on her arm and explained what they meant--but then she forgot their meaning because she had amnesia for the time travel trip.24 years after the community's trip, Poppy makes the trip alone.World #3The community of Postremo (from World #2) arrives in 2010 (of World #3). So does OldMan!Poppy, but I guess they don't bump into each other. They also don't bump into Andrew, who also arrives--but not Andrew from World #2, Andrew from World #1. How is that possible?! No explanation.NOW the events of the novel take place. Ethan sees Prenna time warp, and thus becomes interested in physics and time travel stuff (even though he was going to do this anyways without her, or else none of this makes sense).Prenna meets OldMan!Poppy, then OldMan!Poppy is murdered. The book IMPLIES that Andrew kills him--but this doesn't seem possible, because how would Andrew even know about OldMan!Poppy? No explanation. It would make WAY more sense if one of the members of the community killed him--and this is still possible, but if so, the good guys have no idea who did it. It's creepy to think that Prenna's dad's murderer is still in the community, unpunished.Prenna and Ethan go into OldMan!Poppy's files and discover Ethan's drawing of the creek. WHAT! How did OldMan!Poppy get this? NO EXPLANATION. Sorry, but I'm thinking hard, and even though I always try to figure out a possibility the author may not have intended, there is absolutely no way he could have this. :(Anyways, they end up stopping Mona's research from being destroyed, but she still gets killed (major bummer!!). So they will still have a good chance at saving the world from pollution, but no guarantees that it will go as well without Mona's outspoken leadership. They also catch Andrew so that he doesn't escape (as he did in World #2) and he commits suicide, but at least they have a better shot at containing the Blood Plagues this time around.Sooo their new future probably won't be as good as World #1, but won't be as bad as World #2. This is kind of like getting the mediocre ending in a video game: you didn't do well enough to get the good ending or fail badly enough to get the bad ending. The characters just got the lame ending, and so did the book. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Kerri (Book Hoarder)
    2019-02-13 22:32

    2.5 stars. Ohhhh, this book. I really liked the concept of it, and I wanted to like it a lot more than I did, to be honest. Overall it suffers from a lack of cohesiveness and doesn’t quite fill in all the holes that need to be dealt with when it comes to time travel, though. Prenna is unique not because of where she’s from, but when… Having travelled back to our present, she’s now trying to blend in and follow all the rules that her Community has set up for their successful integration into the new timeline. The premise is fascinating, I’ll be honest. It’s what made me pick up the book in the first place. Climate change is a very real threat, in my opinion, and so any book that touches on that is likely going to end up on my to-read list. Add in the time travel and I was hooked. Science fiction and time travel go hand in hand, after all! The book falls flat in trying to make the plot cohesive and also tie in the relationship, though. See, when Prenna comes through a boy named Ethan sees her. When the main plot of the book picks up four years later, the idea is that Ethan is in love with her, and it seems as though Prenna falls for him, too. It’s cute, but I couldn’t see the background in the book. It’s just sort of assumed, and there was nothing that actually demonstrated to me that they were falling for each other - other than that they were thrown together by the uniqueness of their situation, and being on the run. The time travel also raised more questions than it answered - again, something that is all too common when it comes to time travel in books. See, apparently Prenna is from - wait for it - 2095. That’s right, eighty years in the future. Now, I’m going to pause for a minute here to say that I believe in climate change and that we’re living in it right now. However, this book did not sell me on the believability of the events that are supposed to happen in our future. Things like blood plagues spread by mosquitos, language apparently changing, and the world basically going to hell… It’s not that I don’t believe that this is all possible, it’s that there wasn’t enough background in the book to support it. There’s also the question of who was sent back, and why, and how… None of which is really touched upon. Apparently there’s almost a thousand of them, but there’s no information on who sent them back, what their goal is, or anything. Just the idea that the ones in charge are all evil and bad because they want the rules to be followed and it’s implied that they kill people (or send them away?) for breaking the rules. I wanted more explanation than this, because the whole process and concept of time travel is fascinating. There wasn’t much to explain it, though. Which brings up the question of how they even got back there... World going to hell, but they all travel back in time somehow? Uh-huh. Worst of all, the book itself was only partly satisfying, in the end. All I ask from books is that they make things believable, and I didn’t really feel that it was, in this case. The resolution was a bit too pat, things are still up in the air. There’s no real satisfaction when you close the book, at least there wasn’t in my case. That doesn’t mean that the writing is bad - far from it. The plot is intriguing, the basis original. I was just left with so many unanswered questions because the execution is lacking.I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

  • rachel • typed truths
    2019-02-18 18:32

    Review copy provided by Hachette/Hodder's Children's Books for an honest review.The reason that I gave this three stars is because I am still not sure how I feel about this book. First of all, I really need to say that I thought this the first book in a series and am quite infuriated that it isn't. I was expecting more. I closed the book with a little peace knowing there was going to be a follow up, that there was going to be more. Accept there isn't one now. And that sucks. But getting to the actual book... which I enjoyed emotionally, but I felt was rather lacking overall. The storyline had a lot of potential. I adore time-travel books, but I felt that it wasn't handled particularly well in the case. I still don't quite understand why Prenna came back to 2010, and I don't quite understand Prenna father's or Andrew's connection to everything. Now that I know that this isn't a series - and there isn't going to be a book to expand on anything - I feel really let down. Our main characters, Prenna and Ethan, weren't too bad. They were a little stupid, and little naive but nothing that I particularly felt was worth a shoutout. I've read about worse characters, and certainly many blander ones. Unfortunately, I didn't really care about their blooming relationship either, and that really made parts of the story drag. The other problem that I had was that: (view spoiler)[Prenna and Ethan were meant to be stopping Mona's murder from happening - save the future and all that - yet they spent days shopping, almost making out and going to the beach. It might just be me, but I wanted them to be planning and talking about the future and stuff. The lame scene where Prenna had to try that bathing suit on particularly pissed me off. It was unnecessary, and we all know that the author did that so we could have a pathetic Ethan drooling for Prenna moment. It was just bullshit though. For one, what shop owner encourages a customer to try on a product instead of buying? And then what sort of dressing room doesn't even have a mirror - what else is the point of a change room?I found the actual attempt at changing Mona's murder pretty lame too. (hide spoiler)]. Overall, I enjoyed this book but I didn't think it was very good. Does that make sense? I think I was just in the mood to be reading, so while I was entertained, I objectively can see that this really wasn't very good book. So like every time travel book I've read recently, I am going end this review by steering you towards TimeRiders. Its nothing like this - honestly, its middle grade and action-packed with no romance - but it has great time travel stuff.

  • Figgy
    2019-01-30 18:10

    The Here and Now has the makings of a good time travel/controlling cult/forbidden love story. But something must have gone wrong in the combining of these ingredients.In the positive category, we have:– A big ol’ wasteland of a future, justifying the trip back in time to save the people of the past from themselves, and to fix the world for those future generations they left behind.– The shady governing body of the community of travellers, who ensure people follow the twelve rules, or that they’re not around to cause any more trouble if they do break said rules. Each year the community comes together for a mandatory ceremony, during which the twelve rules are read and the congregation must look upon images of those they have “lost” in the past twelve months.– The boy from outside the community who seems to really understand the main character, despite how little she has told him… because he actually knows more than he’s letting on.– A catalyst that kicks the main character into gear when she learns that a critical event draws ever nearer, promising to send the world down the same dark path they came back to avoid.The rest of this review can be found here!

  • lina
    2019-02-05 17:26

    «Изменяя ход событий, мы открываем новое будущее, но теряем свое особое значение и силу, которую оно дает»Представьте себе будущие, в котором население планеты практически уничтожено чудовищной болезнью. Как и другие беглецы из будущего, Пренна должна строго соблюдать 12 заповедей. И девушка старается вести себя, как велят ей старшие, надеясь спасти будущее от ужасной болезни.Книга довольна маленькая, но интересная. Но несмотря на это, мне не хватило чего-то большего. История развивается довольно быстро и ты почти всегда предугадываешь ход героев. Не было таких моментов, когда будешь думать, волноваться о том, что же произойдет дальше или случиться то или иное. Хотя ладно, вру, в какой-то момент я думала, что Итан все-таки умрет.Любовная история в этой книге довольно милая и добрая, хотя и длится совсем немного, если не считать того, что Итан полюбил ее в тот момент, когда только увидел.Если вы хотите книгу на один раз, скоротать время, когда вам скучно или вы вдруг хотите “увидеть” будущее, то тогда прочитайте эту книгу.

  • Tammie
    2019-02-19 21:32

    I tried to read The Here and Now but it has the dumbest premise and is just not believable at all. Here is a paragraph from the book: It is unfair. People versus mosquito. Who should win? We built rockets and cathedrals. We wrote poems and symphonies. We found a passage through time. And yet. We also wreck the planet for our own habitation and the mosquito will win. Unless we succeed in changing course, it will win. So in the future they have all these advances. They can time travel, and they've eradicated AIDS, they can genetically alter themselves but they can't cure dengue fever? Which isn't that deadly of a disease to begin with; but somehow it mutates and is sexually transmitted or some such nonsense and kills millions of people. Oh and of course we are wrecking the planet and those mosquitoes are going to get us if we don't stop the global warming. Nope, no I just can't...

  • Nasty Lady MJ
    2019-02-15 21:15

    Meh. Really 1.5 stars. A lot of good ideas, but not well thought out. Link to full review to come.To see full review click on one of the following links:My blogBooklikes

  • Melanie
    2019-02-05 19:15

    Yeah no. DNFed at 11% I highly recommend everyone go read Larissa's review though.

  • Marjolein
    2019-01-26 21:11

    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com I have a soft spot for time travel. So, that why even though I never liked the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, I wanted to give The Here and Now a chance. It sounded rather good. A small group of people from the near future (late 2080s) have travelled back in time and are hiding in between the 'normal' people. Apparently they have evolved drastically is 60 years, since they are absolutely sure they could never ever visit a doctor or be found out due to their physical differentness. People who don't follow the rules to the smallest details get 'accidents'. However, what is more disturbing is that it never becomes clear what it is they are doing here. They just basically seem to live there. There is a relationship blossoming between one of the time travellers and Ethan, a contemporary Earth boy, who can sense who is from the future. They get a message they should prevent a murder on a certain day, but conveniently they are not told whose murder. Changing the past in this book is almost easier than ordering from Amazon, and while it changes the future there don't seem to be a lot of consequences, which made me wonder how the system is supposed to work. I'm not dying, however, to figure it out. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!