“The Future of Us” by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

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What would you do without Facebook? In 1996, the year Josh and Emma first encounter the Internet, there is no Facebook. But for some mysterious reason, when Emma sets up her new computer given to her by her father as a “guilt gift” after her parents’ divorce, she is able to log on to Facebook. There she is able to see her future and the future of her friends and family.

This is a story that is compelling, but also starts the reader thinking: What would you do if you could see the future? Would you want to know your future? Would you change your destiny? Co-authored by Jay Asher (“Thirteen Reasons Why”) and Carolyn Mackler (“The Earth, My Butt, and other Big Round Things”), it’s part historical fiction (readers find out what life was like way back in the 1990s), part romance, and part science fiction.

Check out this book or put it on hold.

–Lori Kerce

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“Ruby Red” by Kerstin Gier

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Gwyneth Shepherd is an afterthought in her family. After all, it is her cousin, Charlotte, who has inherited the time travelling gene. When Gwyneth jumps back in time, she is as shocked as anyone else that it is she and not Charlotte who traveled.

Now Gwyneth must catch up with Charlotte’s lifetime of lessons, quickly learning how to behave and how to dress when traveling to the past. She is inducted into the mysteries of time travel, learning that there is a device which allows travelers to control when and where they go instead of randomly jumping into a potentially dangerous time and place.

This book is a pure pleasure to read. Gwyneth is an engaging, likeable and vivacious character. Her relationship with her best friend, Lesley, and her growing romance with fellow time traveler, Gideon, are believable and fun. Readers will keep turning the pages, imagining themselves in Gwyneth’s shoes as she travels to the past and encounters strange–and often dangerous–people. There is a strong mystery element to this book as well. This trilogy opener provides a satisfying, contained plot arc that will leave readers eager to read Book 2 without feeling that they were left on a cliffhanger.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Amanda Coppedge Bosky