The Future of Us

  • by Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler
  • Narrated by Steven Kaplan, Mary Ellen Cravens
  • 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, 15 years in the future.
Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.


What the Critics Say

"A clever, timely story that will attract any teen with a Facebook account." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Fascinating concept, entertaining story

This was weirdly unbelievable, but a lot of fun to listen to. The basic idea is that a boy gives a girl a free AOL CD In 1996 and when she logs on, she finds herself looking at FaceBook 15 years into the future. She sees her own profile and believes that her future self is unhappy so she changes current decisions and then logs on again to see if her future is any better. Her friend Josh likes what his future looks like, so he keeps trying to stop Emma from changing things.

The story was fun and unique. I really enjoyed it. One of my favorite scenes was when they read a Facebook comment that said something like "Looking at the planets....poor Pluto" and Josh says "What the hell happened to Pluto?" Funny.

I bumped off one star for just a couple of quirks that weren't quite right. For example, in 1996, the GUI Internet was a little further developed worldwide than the AOL-only version in the book. The characters acted like the Internet was new. Also, there were a few times when the author led the characters toward unnatural decisions that I had a hard time swallowing. Nothing huge, just like when they realized they could see their futures, rather than diving into everything in the short online time that they had, they suddenly decide "Let's not look anymore today." It wasn't realistic. If you could see into the future and you're not sure if the web page will be there the next time you log on, are you going to just turn it off? It's not a huge thing, but enough that I couldn't justify a full five stars.

I'd definitely recommend the book, even for adults who were around 15 years ago and remember the time period.

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- Cheryl

Enjoyable Book!

What did you love best about The Future of Us?

The innovative concept of two teenagers in the 90's accessing Facebook in 2010.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Future of Us?

When Josh first brings over the AOL CD-ROM was such a fun flashback to what so many of us experienced 15 years ago.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the first time Emma and Josh start to explore Facebook together.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was moved by the scene in which Emma first discovers that Josh is no longer her Facebook friend in 15 years due to actions she has taken trying to change her future.

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- Kirsten

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2011
  • Publisher: Listening Library