Thursday 10 November 2016

The here and now

The Here and Now
Author: Ann Brashares
Read by Emily Rankin

Hi Everyone

Listening to The Here and Now, narrated by Emily Rankin's voice is what enticed me into the plot of this novel.  That isn't to say the plot wasn't enough on its own, as it definitely was, I'm just commenting that the narration was the most influential factor of this audio book.  I highly recommend listening to this one.

Now, to the characters.  I loved Prenna and Ethan.  I thought Ethan came across as a little pushy for Prenna to give more of herself to him, but as a person he was a lovely young man.  I loved the innocence of Prenna and the importance of keeping the rules, even though in this case not all the rules were based on truth.  Ethan had a loyalty, especially to Prenna which made their relationship soar.  As for the rest of the characters, they were a bunch of self-centred, self-fulfilling *..........* (you decide the words to put in here).  But, there does need to be characters like this in a book, come on, we all know they make you want to turn the pages.

To the plot... I thought the ideas in this book were brilliant.  They connected and flowed into a storyline that sparked my interest.  The concept of the virus and the reasoning of the virus was realistic; as for time travel... well, but I enjoyed the vision of it all.  One thing that I did connect well with was Prenna's letters to the future, within which she writes of our obsession with technology.  She makes so many good points that I hear and see, echoed every day.  I had to smile as I heard her letters spoken like an adult was having a coffee right beside me.

Overall I really enjoyed everything about this audio book.  I think I would have enjoyed reading the book as much as liked listening to it read aloud to me as I went about the daily demands of life.  I give credit to the reader of this audio version though, as she did bring the story alive through her reading.


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.
'A lightning-paced sci-fi time-travel romp that, much like a cinematic blockbuster, offers intrigue [and] romance ... Brashares’ worldbuilding is solid, and she handles the time-travel elements with a fluid, cinematic ease.'  —  Kirkus Reviews

This was available from: Amazon (Audio, kindle and paperback and  Book depository (paper back).

Happy reading as we drift into the weekend,

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