The Here and Now
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is an epic star-crossed romance about a girl who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.
Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.
The world Prenna James comes from is in ruins. She and the others who escaped are here to prevent humanity’s destruction. But if they don’t follow The Rules, everything that matters will be gone: Friends. Families. Dreams. Love.
Ethan Jarves can never know Prenna’s secret. That she’s not from another place.
She’s from another time.
"This gripping story is set in a world unlike any other and inhabited by beautifully imagined characters that stay with you long after the last page.” – Sara Shepard, bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars
“Fast-paced, gripping, and romantic.”—Publishers Weekly
“Lightning-paced . . . like a cinematic blockbuster.”—Kirkus Reviews
“An exciting time-travel adventure complete with murderers to thwart and mysteries to solve.”—Booklist
“Compelling.”—School Library Journal
“An appealing romantic thriller, The Here and Now also serves as a potent reminder that we inherit the future we buy with our actions today.”—Cassandra Clare for the New York Times Book Review
“The Here and Now could just as easily sit among the time-travel sci-fi, coming-of-age, or romantic thrillers of YA. Honestly, even though I really don't know how to categorize it, I loved it — and the ending made me hope (really, really hope!) for a sequel.”—Happily Ever After/USA Today
so many things I have to tell you,” I rush on. I should be more careful—I know that on some level—but I can’t make myself be. “We have no idea what’s going on, you know. The pills don’t protect us. They are making us blind. The pills that you—” “That’s not true!” My mother sounds desperate. “Who told you that? Did this man who said he was Poppy tell you that? Because Poppy did not come. No one came besides us.” She lets go of me. “Please don’t talk that way. Please don’t say anything else.”
happened to him, and now that he’s gone my use to them is over. They’ll kill her if they have to. He knew what they were capable of. Did they kill him? I am so sorry, Poppy, I say to him in my thoughts. I lie down, resting my warm cheek on the leather seat. I tuck my knees into my chest, like a fetus. Mr. Douglas is making turn after turn, and the car is silent. I should try to keep track of where we’re going, but I can’t. My heart aches to think of Ethan carrying me to the car, holding me
check all the sections of the box and they contain the same. “God, there’s a lot.” I examine the dates on the money. Some of it is from 2008, 2009, up to the present. In another envelope the dates on the bills are from next year and the year after that. “He must have brought it back with him.” “I wonder how he collected all that. It looks like a lot. Was he rich?” I try to remember what I learned. “It’s not that. There was crazy inflation of US dollars in the fifties, I think. I remember my dad
boardwalk.” I consider. This could be uncomfortable. I don’t know how to think about him. He can’t be my boyfriend, but I can’t pretend there’s not a potent attraction. I can’t look at his eyes or his mouth or his hands with any neutrality, but I can’t lead him on either. I can’t help but begin to notice certain ways he looks at me, especially when he doesn’t know I’m looking. “Okay,” I finally say. I wash my face and wish I could brush my teeth, and we strike out for the town. I get some
almost laughably safe to us. The mosquito is the thing to worry about when the world gets wetter and hotter. Because when that happens, the mosquito’s territory is everywhere and its season is always. It’s a wisp of nothing, its life barely bigger than a day. It has no will, no feelings, no memories, and for sure no sense of humor. I stare at it in sick fascination, waiting for it to make its next landing on my arm or cheek or ankle. Maybe it does have a will. How else can you explain the