The Future of Us [book review]

Okay, time to introduce my first new feature post of 2015!  I have decided that because I love reading and watching movies and sharing my opinion on what I read and watch, I am going to post a review of either a book, movie, television show, etc., on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.  I might be inclined to make it every Wednesday eventually, but for now I am just going to stick with the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays.

I had previously thought about making a separate blog strictly for reviews, however keeping a schedule on there while working, doing an internship, being in school and writing for this blog would probably be too much.  Plus, it gives me some different content to share with you all here.

Before I get to the first review of January, I just want to add that to make sure I keep up  with my 2015 goal of reading (at least) 1 book per month I will do a book review on the last day of each month, whether it is Wednesday or not.

Now, onto our first review!

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10959277The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Josh and Emma are two best friends living in the year of 1996, but when Josh brings over a brand new America Online (AOL) CD-ROM to try out on Emma’s new computer they find themselves on Facebook, looking at the profiles of their lives fifteen years into the future!

Cool concept, right?

It most certainly is. What is even more incredible is that every time Josh and Emma do something and log back onto Facebook, their futures change! Now knowing that every little thing they do will ultimately affect their future they either have to begin to very careful to not change anything or to completely change everything. Meanwhile, they have to keep their knowledge of their possible futures a secret from their friends and family, which can be pretty hard when you get to see into their possible futures as well.

Despite the amazing concept of being able to access Facebook nearly eight years before it’s even created, I only found this book to be okay. Nothing about the characters or the plot itself really grasped me the way many other books have. And really? Josh and Emma being best friends their entirely lives and having complicated feelings toward another? So cliché it’s not even funny. Now, cliché’s don’t normally bother me, but it certainly did this time. Also, as far as technicalities go, at times the narrative could go a little off-trace when either Josh or Emma referred to some past event, but otherwise it was an easy read.

It is pretty interesting to see how Josh and Emma’s future lives change each time they log onto Facebook and how certain actions can affect even the most insignificant post on the site. Again, the entire concept of the book is interesting, I just personally felt like something was lacking in the plot; I’m not sure what, but the book definitely needed something more to it.

I did like this book, but it’s nothing that I’d read again and I know for sure the characters will be well forgotten once I’m done writing this review. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read, but that’s just my opinion. Someone else may totally love it…

After all, I can’t judge for everyone.

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