THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher

THE FUTURE OF US

Age Range: 13 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

If you had the chance to see what your life would be like 15 years in the future, would you take it?

High-school students Emma Nelson and Josh Templeton were best friends until a misguided kiss last November made things between them awkward at best. But when Josh’s mother forces him to give Emma a CD-ROM for America Online, the two discover that, for better or for worse, their destinies are intertwined. While installing the CD, Emma stumbles upon her Facebook page. The problem is, it’s 1996. Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. Emma shares her secret with Josh, and the two quickly learn that everything they do in the present has an immediate impact on their lives in the future. Unfortunately, they don’t always like what they see. Can the two teenagers rewrite the future? Should they try? Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why, 2007) and Mackler’s (Tangled, 2010) fantasy, told from both Emma and Josh’s perspectives, makes for an entertaining but ultimately disappointing read. Focusing almost entirely on the teens’ future love lives, the authors neglect 1996-era subplots involving the teens’ friends and families that might have given the story additional depth and immediacy.

Without question a page-turner, it’s nevertheless unlikely to linger long in readers’ minds. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59514-491-1
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2011




Kirkus Interview
Jay Asher
March 10, 2015

Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why is the gripping, addictive international bestseller that has changed lives the world over. It's an unrelenting modern classic. Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are 13 reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Asher has recently been on a 50-state tour talking to teens about suicide. We ask him about the tour this week on Kirkus TV. View video >

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