I just could not take this book seriously, I’m very sorry. The Here and Now tells the story of a girl who is sent back in time with a small group of people so that they can escape their own grim future world. Because mosquitoes? And fever? Anyway, the gist of it is that in the future literally millions of people die from malaria to the point where the human race finds themselves on the Endangered Species List. It is probably not the best sign when a book’s plot reminds you strongly of a South Park episode:
I like to think I can accept a lot in the books I read but with this one, I just found it borderline hilarious all of the time. These characters escape a mosquito-ridden planet to go back in time and…do nothing…about it? Literally they have ~rules~ which forbid all the future people from interfering with the world as it is, which, okay, just head on forward to a mosquito-ridden future. Seems legit. And obviously there is a love story between a future girl and a boy from the past. ~love in the time of mosquitoes~
I mean you could always go and read this book for amusement but I struggle to find anything deep or serious in a story that so desperately wants to be.