The Future of Us


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, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out…

The Phoenix’s Perspective

Second line – third page —- that’s all it took to get me hooked. One word (well acronym) – AOL! All I could here in my head was AOL Dial up noise.  I was back to being 13 or so and watching the little yellow man run across the three boxes while AOL loads.

In The Future of Us, Emma is in a very similar state. Her friend Josh has given her an AOL CD-ROM to install on her new computer. The crazy thing is that, once AOL installs and logs on, Emma finds herself staring at some crazy site with images and words all over the place — some crazy site called Facebook.

Emma sees posts that have been written by a woman that looks like her but has a different last name. The woman is married but seems to be unhappy. When they look up Josh on her friend list, he is also married to the most popular (and prettiest) girl from their high school and they have children.

According to Facebook, they are looking to what their lives will look like 15 years from now. How is it that they can see in the future? What will knowing their futures do to them or for them?  More importantly, how do their day to day actions affect their futures?  Every time Emma refreshes something has changed what her future looks like.

The story is fast moving and told through alternating points of view. Even though it is found in the teen fiction section, I think every age group can benefit from reading this book. It really makes you think about all of the decisions you have made in your life – not only what they were but how they have shaped your present.

It really made me wonder if I was worrying too much about my past decisions or too focused on my potential future that I haven’t even noticed the present and how great it has been to me.

Would I add it to the library?

Yes! I hope that these two authors come together to create another great story.


Genre: Sci-Fi
ISBN: 9781595145161
Rating:  good


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