It's 1996 and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Facebook will not be invented for several more years. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD-ROM with 100 free hours. When she and her best friend Josh log on to AOL they discover themselves on Facebook... fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what life has in store for them.
Josh and Emma are about to find out.
Even before The Future of Us had publicly been released, it was receiving raving reviews that were saying that it brought back nostalgic memories for the many lucky enough to have received a an ARC from the publisher or otherwise. Moreover, really, when I read the synopsis, I realised why. It quickly became part of my to-be-read pile.
Thank goodness it did! I fell head over heels in to this book and thoroughly enjoyed the whole story-arc. I loved the time travel essence this book had and how it showed the “butterfly effect,” – how even something very little – like a thought – could change your future forever.
Like others, The Future of Us had its nostalgia for me. Even though I was much younger than Emma and Josh are in the novel, I found myself reminded of all the little things the ‘90’s era gave me. Back then, teenagers didn’t loiter on street corners and much more time was spent outdoors with friends rather than on the couch with a TV remote. Oh, and dial up, really was that sloooooooooow.
Overall, I loved The Future of Us. It was quirky, nostalgic, funny in places and very true to nineties childhood.