Study Guide

The Future of Us Genre

By Asher, Jay and Mackler, Carolyn


Young Adult Literature; Science Fiction

Let's check The Future of Us against our handy little checklist of young adult lit criteria, shall we?

  • Teenage protagonists? Check.
  • Young people navigating young people problems like love, family, parties, and friendship? Check.
  • Pretty straight-forward storytelling style? Check.

Yup—we definitely have a YA book on our hands with this one.

When it comes to the science fiction bit, though, you might be a little confused. Facebook is real, after all, and it's not like there are aliens up in the mix or anything like that. But since the book is set in the 1990s, for our characters, Facebook is a blast from the future—something they've gained access to against all odds. And for this reason, we're saying The Future of Us dabbles in sci-fi. After all, how else can we explain what happens?

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