It's 1996, and less than half of all American high-school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on - and discover themselves on Facebook, 15 years in the future.
Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.
©2011 Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler (P)2011 Penguin
"A clever, timely story that will attract any teen with a Facebook account." (Booklist)
This was weirdly unbelievable, but a lot of fun to listen to. The basic idea is that a boy gives a girl a free AOL CD In 1996 and when she logs on, she finds herself looking at FaceBook 15 years into the future. She sees her own profile and believes that her future self is unhappy so she changes current decisions and then logs on again to see if her future is any better. Her friend Josh likes what his future looks like, so he keeps trying to stop Emma from changing things.
The story was fun and unique. I really enjoyed it. One of my favorite scenes was when they read a Facebook comment that said something like "Looking at the planets....poor Pluto" and Josh says "What the hell happened to Pluto?" Funny.
I bumped off one star for just a couple of quirks that weren't quite right. For example, in 1996, the GUI Internet was a little further developed worldwide than the AOL-only version in the book. The characters acted like the Internet was new. Also, there were a few times when the author led the characters toward unnatural decisions that I had a hard time swallowing. Nothing huge, just like when they realized they could see their futures, rather than diving into everything in the short online time that they had, they suddenly decide "Let's not look anymore today." It wasn't realistic. If you could see into the future and you're not sure if the web page will be there the next time you log on, are you going to just turn it off? It's not a huge thing, but enough that I couldn't justify a full five stars.
I'd definitely recommend the book, even for adults who were around 15 years ago and remember the time period.
The innovative concept of two teenagers in the 90's accessing Facebook in 2010.
When Josh first brings over the AOL CD-ROM was such a fun flashback to what so many of us experienced 15 years ago.
My favorite scene was the first time Emma and Josh start to explore Facebook together.
I was moved by the scene in which Emma first discovers that Josh is no longer her Facebook friend in 15 years due to actions she has taken trying to change her future.
It was cute. Perfect for teens. A good message about not worrying about what's to come...but living in the moment. My only complaint was the male narrator- he was too monotone. The girl was terrific.
This plot line had so much potential to be cool. Think butterfly effect! And the possibilities were endless of what the author could have done with these characters and the plot line. But by the end it was so boring and basic. I wanted some more twists! I will say I like that the two main characters got together in the end.
Well, I liked everything from it, the fact that it is about good old AOL and then it mixes with Facebook is pretty unexpected, but very interesting.
Probably Emma, only because she has more information about what's going on.
Emma, but Josh's voice is very professional sounding.
You would love this book, something horribly cheesy...
I was assigned this book over the summer until I get back to school, I was so mad they were totally taking our summer away and making us stress about this... But I seriously loved it, I expected to not even remotely like it, but it's my favorite book now.
Jay Asher never fails to amaze me. This idea is good, the story is good, and the performance is good. I'd recommend this to anyone!
I thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Steven Kaplan and Mary Ellen Cravens. Their vocal performances brought nuances to the characters that one might not catch if reading the print version.
The Future of Us is unique in it's premise and execution. Reading it was like a journey back to my teens and college years, when Internet access was new and exciting. How would I have reacted to my current Facebook profile back then? Would I be happy with my life to come or try to change it? How would seeing the future change my eventual outcome?
It's hard to pick a favorite character. Both performances were outstanding, and it was easy to get carried away with them on their journey.
I am a 14 year old girl. I love reading but i have a reading disorder so reading is very hard for me. I love listening to books so much!
Yes! I have listened to this book about four times. It is so good and it makes me very happy.
I can't compare this to anything else I have read because The Future of Us is nothing like anything else.
I have never listened to any of Steven Kaplan or Mary Ellen Craven's other performances.
I laughed so much while reading this. It is so funny.
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