Prenna James is from the future. In 2090, the Earth is failing to support human life; global warming has destroyed the food supply and a blood plague transmitted by mosquitoes has been killing people rampantly. A small group of survivors has figured out how to jump through time and have escaped to the past in the year 2010. When Prenna arrives in 2010, she appears in a haze, naked, and with a weird number on her arm, in the middle of a small fishing pond right in front of Ethan Jarves, leaving him even more stunned. As a time immigrant, Prenna and the rest of the survivors have strict rules to follow set forth by their leaders in a very cult-like fashion. The most important rule, and the one Prenna wants to break- Never fall in love with a time-native.
I liked the premise for this story; people returning to the past because future Earth is inhospitable due to human actions and global warming. This is a great topic to discuss since we can actually do something about it now, which Prenna discusses in the book when she is in 2014. I liked Prenna's character, a strong-willed female within her community who senses something is wrong and tries to change it. I think many young readers will relate to Prenna. That being said, Ethan's character falls a little flat, other than being a super-smart guy in Prenna's class who happened to be there when she arrived, he is just sort of played off as a love interest. There were also a lot of points in this book in the plot-hole and suspension of disbelief categories that as an adult reader made me think 'huh?' Example, in the middle of trying to prevent a murder and save the future Earth, let's produce a mysterious fake ID and have sangria on the beach! Middle grade YA readers probably wouldn't worry about that stuff as much though and would probably find the book a bit more enjoyable.
This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.