The Here and Now is a great book for science fiction fans, believe it or not! Although the book seems to be geared toward teens with its romantic aspect, this is a great story about time travel. Brashares really looks at the human costs of all those crazy time travel paradoxes. If you have ever watched a Star Trek show or even the Back to the Future movies, you know what I mean. If you go back in time, how will that affect the future you know? How fluid is time? Could you really change the future?
Prenna is part of a group of people who have been sent back 80 years to stop a world-wide disease catastrophy. The problem is that they really like it here. They have rules to keep them from really interacting with folks from the current time but they don’t seem to be making any headway in changing the future. Can Prenna change all that? And will she let herself form a relationship with someone despite all the rules?
The faith question for me is this: how influential is time? We Christians throw around the term “God’s time” a great deal. But what do we really mean? Aren’t we just saying that God is slower to create change than we would like? Isn’t God actually outside of time? Does God break in and tweak the time continuum? Is time something outside of God’s influence (did God set the world in motion which began time and there is not much God can do now)? This book just made me think about time from a faith perspective.
I highly recommend this book! It will make you think.