The Future of Us Book Review
IN THREE WORDS
chemistry simple reallifeconnection 🙂
I found this book very intriguing when I read the jacket, and I was not disappointed. It was hard to put down (but twitter helped me out with that every now and then). 🙂
Emma and Josh have been best friends for years, but something changed between them awhile back. This is important to the plot! The setting is the mid 90’s right after the internet made its introduction. Emma’s dad gave her a computer and someone gave her an AOL cd-rom to install so she could hook up with the internet. This right here should be enough to appeal to ANY teenager, or adult for that matter!
What she discovers when she finally gets it installed (after a 97 minute download might I add!) is Facebook. In the future. 15 years into the future. She can see herself, read about her life, and see her friends’ futures as well including Josh. But does she want this life that she sees? Can she alter it? This is what sets her and Josh on an emotional roller coaster throughout the story, and makes them really contemplate their current lives.
Here are a couple of statements in the book that will probably make you LOL-laugh out loud!
“Why does it say she has three hundred and twenty friends? Who has that many friends?”
“Why would anyone say this stuff about themselves on the Internet? It’s crazy!”
Facebook has them completely mesmerized and perplexed at the same time. They just don’t get it!
The writing style of this book is pretty simple and straightforward. Not a lot of imagery or anything like that. But one sentence did stand out in my mind-it was an interesting way of talking about grass in the cracks of cement-
“Blades of grass push through the cracks, fighting for a taste of sunlight.”
Last thoughts on this book: It is written for teens and above because of some mature content (my 6th graders will NOT touch it). I loved the fact that even though it is a “teen” book, there was no usual “teen” meanness! It was also interesting (comical) to read about someone’s perception toward the internet and Facebook that hasn’t been living in it yet. 🙂
5 out of 5 stars!