Waiting on Wednesday: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

Author Jay Asher recently has received a lot of press recently for his 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why due to its subject matter (teen suicide), and Universal Pictures recently purchased the movie rights.  The articles I've read in Entertainment Weekly and other places online led me to find out more about that book, which eventually led me to his upcoming book with Carolyn Mackler, a novel that has more of a sci-fi/speculative fiction twist to it.  That is why this week’s W.O.W. is The Future of Us.


The Future of Us
Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Razorbill – releases on November 21
309 pages
Buy it here from Amazon

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 blurb doesn’t really give anything away other than the basic foundation of the plot.  That foundation just happens to be an intriguing one.  As a teenager, I wouldn’t have believed that my life would turn out the way it currently is, so it’ll be interesting in what way Asher and Mackler choose to take this story.  Is it more “race against time” or “moral lesson to become a better person”?  Is there some sort of apocalyptic scenario that plays out or is this more realistic?  I imagine there will be romance and drama and conflicting emotions with knowing how your future will turn out.  Discussions of fate and destiny are inevitable.  Even knowing that, it’s an intriguing premise and that’s why I’m eager to get my hands on it.


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