What if, instead of dead actually being forever, there was a possibility of bringing your loved ones back to life? Instead of losing those closest to you forever, you had the power to undo their death? That’s exactly the premise in this chillingly semi-futuristic story.
In one instant, Lake’s world is shattered. A tragic car accident takes the lives of both her best friend and her boyfriend. Miraculously she survives. But she’s left with an unimaginable dilemma. You see, technology has given people the ability to be resurrected. Not just randomly and at will, mind you. Instead, every person receives one resurrection on their eighteenth birthday to be used on whoever they choose. That’s one resurrection, though. And Lake can’t imagine making that choice.
To make matters even more difficult, her resurrection choice has already been promised to her older brother who was tragically paralyzed years earlier. She’s not even close to her brother anymore, so she surely can’t imagine wasting this precious gift on him. Especially when the love of her life and her best friend have died.
Things aren’t always what they seem, of course. As Lake struggles to come to terms with the accident, while also recovering from her own injuries, she discoveries that nobody is who they seem to be. And then, of course, there’s a new guy to complicate matters.
This story is a lot of things. It’s science fiction, for now at least. It’s a romance. It’s a teen drama. And it’s a mystery with one heck of a twist at the end that I sure didn’t see coming.
Buy It Now: This is Not the End
I’ll start off with a disclaimer: I’m a huge fan of dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories. That being said, at times they all tend to run together with story lines that are too similar to keep them separate in my mind. Boy/girl surviving in a harsh future world that’s been changed forever by a virus/alien invasion/advanced technology/drought with a love story thrown in for good measure…you get the picture. But this new offering by Ann Brashares offers a different take on the oh-so-popular genre.
Seventeen-year-old Prenna comes from a world that’s been devastated by a killer mosquito-born virus. Millions of people have died, and society is in ruins. In order to save themselves as well as the entire human race, a “community” of those with a natural immunity to the virus is formed. They decide to travel back in time in an attempt to change the course of events that set the world on a path to destruction. The community has a set of present-day rules that must be followed: never attempt to interfere with events, never reveal that they are from the future, never form a relationship with someone outside of the community. Prenna doesn’t question these rules until she falls for Ethan who, as luck would have it, is one of the few outsiders who can “see” that she’s actually from the future. Turns out there’s actually a bit of a conspiracy going on with the higher-ups of the community.
This was one of those books with several intersecting story lines. Yes, Prenna is the main character and Ethan is her love interest. But there are many other things going on at the same time. It’s a good book, just very hard to describe or summarize neatly. Read it if you enjoy well-written futuristic stories.
Buy it Now: The Here and Now