What if you could look at Facebook right now, and instead of seeing your profile right now, see your profile 15 years from now!
The Future of Us, co-written by Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) and Carolyn Mackler (Love and Other Four-letter Words,) respectively, answers this question by taking us back in time. Image
Set in 1996, the protagonists, Emma and Josh, stumble upon Facebook on Emma’s computer while signing onto AOL. On there, they can see their future profiles, who they marry, what they’re doing and where they are in their lives. It’s a fortune teller, technology style
To me, the premise was intriguing, sort of like a reverse Back to the Future. Instead of traveling to the past and inadvertently changing the timeline, the protagonists stay in the present and deliberately make decisions, generating a ripple effect.
The authors did an excellent job of depicting life in the 1990s, before the Internet and technology exploded into the mainstream. The protagonists and their friends do not own cell phones, laptops, iPads or iPods. Instead, they use landlines, Walkmans and boom boxes, staples of technology in the 90s. I have to admit it, it was nice reading a book where the characters actually talked on the phone and saw each other in person, instead of communicating through texts and their computers. It displays how much technology has changed our lives.
In addition, this book contains an incredible amount of nostalgia for those who grew up during the 90s. It’s the 90s, after all. Who doesn’t remember the old-school Internet that tied up the phone line, much to the dismay of our parents?  Movies like Toy Story and Wayne’s World. It reminds us of the good, old days.
Overall, I thought this book was a great read. Despite being set in the past, there’s still Facebook to make it complete. Where would be without Facebook today?