Book Review: The Future of Us

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

The year is 1996, and Emma is excited to log on to her brand new computer. After installing a mysterious AOL disk, she is automatically logged on to something called Facebook. Emma has no clue why there are pictures of a woman that looks a lot like an older version of her who seems to write short, disconnected statements about her life. She shows her neighbor Josh the website and he also finds the profile of an older version of himself.  Soon they realize that Facebook is not a weird prank, but a glimpse into what their lives will be like in 15 years.

Emma’s future seems to be unhappy, so she decides to change her future by taking action now. In the future, Josh is married to a super hot girl who currently doesn’t even talk to him. The Future of Us was written by two authors, with Carolyn Mackler writing Emma’s point of view and Jay Asher writing Josh’s point of view. I enjoyed the Josh parts a little more, but both authors do a nice job with the excellent set up. This book is a lot of fun and makes you think about what you would do if you could see a glimpse into your future.  Would you try to change things or just let the future unfold as planned? What would your past self think if they saw your current Facebook profile page? Questions like these made The Future of Us a very enjoyable book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405407300 Abdoulaye

    Heck yes, I would! I’d be 38 (oh my gawsh), so ovloiusby I’d need to know whether I was married, had kids, in a happy career, published. I could easily see myself getting trapped in a feedback loop though, where I’m so busy trying to get on the ‘best’ life path that I’m constantly altering my trajectory and never really occupying the present.