Here and Now
by Brashares, Ann

Transported through time from a disease-ravaged future to present-day New York, 17-year-old Prenna James is forbidden to change history or become close to anyone outside her community of fellow escapees, edicts that are challenged when she falls in love and discovers an opportunity to save the world.

Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series,3 Willows, The Last Summer (of You & Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her husband and their four children.

Prenna and her doctor mom are not your average immigrants. No, they have immigrated to New York from the 2090s, a future of climate-change extremes and mosquito-borne plagues that wipe out entire families and civilizations. The few who have survived the plagues and the journey back to 2010 have been charged with two challenges: change the course of environmental history and assimilate into the culture without disclosing their origins or becoming intimate with the natives. Prenna knows her friendship with Ethan is "red-flag behavior." When an elderly homeless man warns her that she and Ethan must prevent a murder on May 17, 2014-just days away-she realizes she must defy the community and its counselors for civilization's greater good. Brashares, author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and other YA novels, builds on her adroit adolescent characterization and ear for teen dialogue and ports them into an exciting time-travel adventure complete with murderers to thwart and mysteries to solve. The book's environmental message won't be missed by readers, but this is a cautionary tale rather than a didactic screed. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The gargantuan success of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series ensures great demand for Brashares' latest. A multi-platform marketing campaign seals the deal. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

In a stark departure, Brashares, of Traveling Pants fame, returns with a lightning-paced sci-fi time-travel romp that, much like a cinematic blockbuster, offers intrigue, romance and a healthy dose of implausibility. After blood plague ravages her world, Prenna James emigrates with a group of refugees, known as travelers. However, it's not where she ends up, it's when. Her community tries to assimilate into a society decades in the past, with stringent rules about how they must conduct themselves in the time natives' society. Predictably, Prenna falls in love with Ethan, a handsome time native-one of the gravest offenses a traveler might commit-and quickly learns that her tightly knit authoritarian community may indeed be harboring secrets. Brashares' worldbuilding is solid, and she handles the time-travel elements with a fluid, cinematic ease. Unfortunately, she relies too much on dei ex machina to propel Ethan and Prenna forward. Cars, money and opportunity pop up with uncannily good timing and convenience, helping the time-crossed lovers right the wrongs of the past. Those willing to overlook such shortcuts will surely be swept into the whirlwind romance and breathlessly turn pages to discover if there truly is a possibility for a better future. This quirky tale of love and time travel demands that readers totally suspend disbelief to enjoy some of the more contrived plot elements. (Science fiction. 13-16) Copyright Kirkus 2014 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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