Glimpses of the future, filtered through Facebook
Does knowing the future give us the power to change it? This is the question facing high school juniors Josh and Emma, who inexplicably discover their Facebook pages, from 15 years in the future, while downloading AOL on Emma’s brand-new computer in the spring of 1996.
As Emma discovers a future of failed marriages and unsatisfying career choices, Josh is reeling from the revelation that he somehow manages to marry the prettiest and most popular girl in his high school. Emma’s frustration over Josh’s seemingly perfect life and her own future unhappiness results in her making deliberate changes that alter the course of both their lives. Of course, nothing is exactly as Facebook makes it seem; as Josh points out, they are only seeing tiny snippets of their futures. Unfortunately, Emma only sees a future of heartache and disappointment, while Josh has everything any teenage boy could want—except the girl he really loves.
In alternating first-person narratives, Josh and Emma struggle with their complicated friendship and the realization that finding happiness in the here-and-now is what’s important, no matter the outcomes.
In The Future of Us, YA powerhouses Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) and Carolyn Mackler (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things) have teamed up for a tale of self-discovery in a decade when Oasis topped the music charts, Madonna seemed relevant and social media didn’t document your every move. Although technology might have been simpler in the ‘90s, friendships, family struggles and fears about growing up were still as complicated as ever.