Saturday, 16 March 2013

The future of us…. (Book review no 3)


the future of us book

It’s 1996 and less than half of all high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented for another 8 years.

Josh and Emma have been neighbours their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long, at least they were up until last November, when everything changed. Things havebeen awkward ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mum makes him bring it over to Emma so she can install it on her new computer. When the two friends log on, they discover their profiles on Facebook.

Anfd they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

Everyone wonders what their destiny will be.

Josh and Emma are about to find out.

I loved the concept of this book. If, at 15 you could see your life as it will be when you are 30, would you try and change it? By changing one tiny thing about the future you could be changing your whole life, and that of those around you.

The conclusion I came to was a definite no. I would not want to change anything.  BUT you know when you have a rant on Facebook about something that is peeing you off? Well what if that is the future status you saw…what if that made you change some small thing, changing your future forever? 

The book itself wasn’t fantastic, it was just ok. You have to wonder how you might react to finding something like that on your computer. Emma does seem to just take it quite calmly that yes, this is her future self. I think I would probably question it more. Facebook is mind boggling enough but what if you were the only person to see it before it was invented. Confused? I sure as hell would be.

Instead Emma sets about getting rid of the husband she doesn't seem to like until she finds herself married to someone seemingly more suitable.

If only she knew then what I have discovered about Facebook statuses. They are not all as they seem. (A lot) of people use them as a tool to show their ‘friends’ their wonderful lives. They can definitely not be taken at face value.

An entertaining read, in a what if kind of way.


1 comment:

  1. I read this a year or so ago and enjoyed it. Not the best book ever but definitely an interesting concept.