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To tell you the truth, I was very apprehensive about reading this book. Jay Asher’s previous book, Th1rteen R3asons Why, is a tearjerker, a really amazing story that I couldn’t put down from the moment I opened the front cover to the three hours I finished it. But no one really looks forward to another weep-fest.
The Future of Us isn’t so weepy, though. I’m not saying it didn’t have its near-tear moments. It follows Josh and Emma, two high school students way back in 1996, a dark time filled with dial-up, 50% of students in America had never seen the internet, and LiveJournal wasn’t even a thing yet. After getting their first AOL CD-ROM disks, Josh and Emma dial up the Internet. Only, they don’t find the “Crystal-Pepsi On-Line Challenge” or “Natalie’s Backseat Traveling Web Show”, they find their own Facebook pages from 15 years in the future.
Josh and Emma learn that it’s not as cool as it sounds. They didn’t marry who they thought they would, they won’t have the jobs they thought they would get. And what’s worse, the more they read about their future-selves, the more the postings change, Just knowing what the future will be for them changes the decisions they make, ultimately erasing the truth of their history to come.
Where 13 played a truly sad story, Asher and Mackler use The Future of Us to play a story of fear of the future, happiness and disappointment, and ultimately hope, hope that our lives will and can be truly, if not what we always knew they would be, at least it will be an amazing ride. The Future of Us. Razor Bill. HC.