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"The Future of Us" Book Review

I was expecting a lot from the book The Future of Us, but it underwhelmed me. Maybe it was because of  I thought the idea was so amazing(really….can you believe what you are going to be thinking if you see what you wrote now on your Facebook fifteen years in the future.) Also, there were two amazing authors writing the book. I'll do the negatives first and end with the positives, the things that did make this book worthwhile to read.


I really could not seem to like Emma. She just seemed really selfish. I mean, I guess if you saw your future and you looked really unhappy you would try to change it too. When she drags her past best friend into it, they make all sort of rules about changing the future  and looking on Facebook. She never really follows them though and does some really selfish stuff to her best friend throughout the book.


Also, some issues were unresolved, I felt. They both found out some pretty life-changing things about their friends/relatives future's. They thought a lot about what they had found out but never really tried to find out how it had happened or tried to get to the bottom of it. Enough of the negative though, I thought the book could be pretty funny and entertaining. They make references to things they never think could happen that have happened today. The thing is this was only fifteen years ago. If you think about the sorts of technology and other things we have now, it does sound pretty strange.  This is a three star book for me. It was good enough to finish it, but not good enough to read a sequel.

"Unearthly" Book Review

Hello, fellow readers! Alex here! (okay, that sounded kind of lame...) If you’ve been following our blog, you should be expecting reviews of “Unearthly” (Alex), by Cynthia Hand, and “The Future of Us” (Montana) by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. Here’s the review of “Unearthly”:


Okay, so I’ll admit, when I opened up this book I thought, “Oh no–this is going to be some trashy Twilight rip-off.” Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised–although Unearthly borrowed some Twilight-like elements (the Genesis quote at the beginning of the novel, the imagery- packed prologue in the beginning, moving to a small town, Clara’s clumsiness, etc), it was refreshingly original compared to the numerous vampire/werewolf novels out there. Before I go into depth with a full-on review, here’s what you need to know:


Clara is part angel (or an angel-blood, as Hand refers to it), and apparently, all angels (and part angels) have a divine purpose in life. Clara’s purpose is brought to her in a series of visions: to save a boy she doesn’t know anything about (besides his Abercrombie and Fitch worthy looks) from a forest fire. As in, she has no idea where he lives, why she has to save him, or even what his name is. But, because the plot has to move forward, Clara and her family eventually find out where he is, when she’ll have to save him (but not why), and how to hide her angel powers in a modern high school society (because she has to do something while she’s there).


And now, back to the review. I liked Hand’s writing style, and the angel mythology of the novel was fascinating. So fascinating, that I wish the author had spent more time with it. In the beginning of the novel, she jumps right into Clara’s visions and why the family has to move. She doesn’t stop and take time to explain the angel world, or even why angels have a purpose, until chapter four (actually, she doesn’t answer the second question at all). Don’t get me wrong, I like a little suspense here and there, but the novel didn’t suck me in enough to keep reading and figure out where everything was going. Plus, I thought the side plot detailing Clara’s “daddy issues” was thrown in and completely irrelevant to the plot. And I felt no sympathy for Clara in the beginning–why should I care that she has to move? The author hasn’t taken us into her world and introduced us to her friends–in the beginning, it seems like Clara is just a big loner, like she has no friends at all. The author constantly contradicts herself (if the town Clara moves to is so small and cut off from society, then how is the high-school so prestigious? Also, if angel-bloods are so good at everything they try due to angel powers, then why does Clara describe herself as clumsy in the beginning, and why does it take her so long to learn how to fly?) Finally, I wish the author had spent more time with Clara’s visions–if I were Clara, I’d be more concerned with figuring out my divine purpose in life, not spending all my time with a cute boy.


Okay, now before you call me a Debbie Downer, or a Negative Nancy, or a Cynical Cindy (you get the picture), I didn’t hate Unearthly. It had a lot of nice points. Like I said, I liked Hand’s writing style, and Unearthly was such a fun read that I was able to finish it in a day. Plus, one of Clara’s love interests, Tucker, is completely irresistible, and is officially my new book crush. I like that Clara has a good relationship with her mother, because so many book heroines hate their parents. And even when Clara’s social life is in the toilet, she still does what she needs to do, and doesn’t completely fall apart (although her thoughts are still consumed by two boys 24/7).

Overall, I’d give Unearthly three and a half out of five stars. Although not deserving of a Pulitzer Prize, it was good (enough), and I am curious to read the sequel to Unearthly (Hallowed), to see what happens to Clara and her world.


Tune in next week for my review on “Someone Like You,” by Sarah Dessen. You can find Montana’s review on “The Future of Us” above.


Happy Reading!
-Alex

Introduction

I know what you're thinking: "Oh no!  Not another book blog!  There are a gazillion of these, and anyway, we have sites like Goodreads and Amazon to tell us what to read."  But our blog is not just any blog…it's a super blog!  Kidding…(sort of).  Why should you follow our blog (other than for it's amazing knowledge of books and our super awesome rating system)?  Because we came up with the idea over dinner at Panera?  Because we're both completely obsessed with non-existent, golden-eyed teens that sparkle in the sunlight?  And no, we're not talking about Twilight.  Anyway, I'll give you the gist of it.  We're two teenage girls with a passion for young adult novels.  Every week (on Wednesday), we each review a YA book, and, depending on how much we like it, we'll give it [insert number] out of four cookies.  So tune in next week to read our reviews of "Unearthly" by Cynthia Hand, and "The Future of Us" by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.


Happy reading!

Alex and Montana (The Book Belles themselves :D)