I’m sticking with my “retro” theme this week, and recommending a new release that once again takes us back in time to explore the roots of technology and online social interfacing. We’re not going back quite as far as Ready Player One, but we are rewinding fifteen years to 1996, the time when the internet was just starting to gain popularity. The Future of Us has a simple yet intriguing premise: what if you could see fifteen years into your future via your new AOL internet account? Here’s the (very short) description from Amazon:
“It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.
Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.
Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on–and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.
Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.”
Here are a few editorial reviews:
“These two top-of-their-game authors don’t disappoint.” – Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review
“A clever, timely story that will attract any teen with a Facebook account.” – Booklist, Starred Review
“Without question a page-turner.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Highly engaging.a tremendously likable, soul-searching romantic comedy and a subtle reminder to occasionally unplug and live in the moment.” School and Library Journal
Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler have both published teen fiction on their own, so it will be interesting to see how they work together. This book is marketed for teens, but you can bet that I am going to read it anyway!