The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler is published in the UK today and, because the internet is so relevant to the book, Simon and Schuster UK have organised a really fun blog tour. Here's more information about the book, taken from the S&S website:
It's 1996 and very few high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented until several years in the future. Emma just got a computer and an America Online CD. She and her best friend Josh power it up and log on - and discover themselves on Facebook in 2011. Everybody wonders what they'll be like fifteen years in the future. Josh and Emma are about to find out.
Here's some trivia from the year 1996. How much do you remember? I was around nine years old at the time so I can recall most of it, especially Take That splitting up and the Spice Girls arriving on the music scene. Feel free to add any of your own 1996 trivia in the comments - I'm sure there's loads we've missed out here!
- It was a leap year.
- Everyone was doing the Macarena.
- Everyone was reading Angela’s Ashes.
- Toy Story was released.
- Oprah started her book club.
- Take That split up.
- Dolly the cloned sheep was born.
- The first ever Pokemon game was released in Japan.
- The Spice Girls released their first single.
- Independence Day was one of the year's biggest movies.
- There were 45 million people online worldwide – in 2011 it’s over 2 billion.
- Google and Hotmail were born.
- The chess computer named "Deep Blue" defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov for the first time.
- The English Patient won best film at the Oscars.