Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.
This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.
But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.
Beth says 4 Stars...
I was a bit apprehensive about this book, because I'd read some of Ann Brashares books before and they weren't quite my cup of tea. However, the set-up for this one made me want it in the worst way. Time travel, pandemics, and attempts to save the human race! Count me in. The vision of the future that Brashares presented was chilling in its basis on current events. Imagine what might happen if the whole world becomes tropical, resource scarcity is major problem, and insect vectors never die. I will say that the plot got a bit confusing at times, but it moved really quickly. The book is fairly short, which means that there's not a lot of filler meant to boost word count. Everything is meant to propel the story forward in some way. I found the structure of the 'immigrant' community particularly interesting. I have a thing for totalitarian type societies and how they're interpreted in different contexts. The formation of such a distinct subculture focused on secrecy and blending in added another dimension to the story. Sometimes the trajectory of the story was a bit difficult to follow and the different threads took a while to converge. However, the book was short enough that the confusion couldn't last too long.
I really liked Prenna. She wasn't the bravest or most ferocious, but she had a determination to do what was best and help as many people as possible. I also enjoyed that her strength was in her intelligence and not something physical. The glimpses we gained into her past/our future were absolutely fascinating and I really wanted more of them. I found Ethan to be well-developed and a nice counterpoint to a lot of the current leading men. Again, he was smart, determined, and just generally likable. Occasionally it's nice to read about a character without a tortured past. The supporting characters have enough of a backstory to add complexity to the story, but the book really centers on Prenna and Ethan.
Overall, this is a quick and fun time travel book. I have no idea if this will be a series, but I hope so. I have so many questions that I want answers to! Pick this up if you want a fun time travel book that might just make you think about humanity's current path.
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So we've decided to join the challenge! This is just a preliminary list, and is definitely subject to change (we'll be doing a lot of adding as books begin to be released in order to get to the 12 we need!). Also, this is no order whatsoever. (if the book is in a color, it means one of us has read it!)
1. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
2. Human.4 by Mike Lancaster
3. Like Madarin by Kirsten Hubbard
4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stevens
5. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
6. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
7. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
8. Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley
9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
11. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
12. Possession by Elana Johnson
Fantasy Reading Challenge
1. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 2. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal 3. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin 4. Sapphique by Catherine Fisher 5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 6. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black 7. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce 8. Entice by Carrie Jones 9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire 10. Wither by Lauren DeStefano 11. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr 12. Shadowspell by Jenna Black 13. Matched by Ally Condie 14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire 15. Entwined by Heather Dixon 16. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 17. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst 18. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan 19. Possession by Elana Johnson 20. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 21. So Silver Bright by Lisa Manchev
Welcome to "in BetweeN the pages." This is a little project that we've started and we hope that it will allow us to engage in some lovely book talk. Here's a little about us-
Beth~ I have a feeling that I may have a problem. I adore books. I read whenever I can, and most of the time feel that reading a good book would be a much better use of my time than working on anything else. I'm a recent college graduate with a degree in chemistry and love science! I'm currently living in Finland while doing some research as a Fulbright before embarking on my PhD. Hopefully you will enjoy what I say... but I tend to ramble.
Nathan~ For me, reading is the ultimate escape. A good book is so much better than any therapist can ever be. I am, what many might call, a book addict. It may be wrong, but it feels so right to blow off my homework and sit curled up with a novel. It's the ultimate relaxation. Books have gotten me through school and all the drama that accompanies it. I hope that my humble opinions can help you as you continue your literary adventure.