Julia and Evan fall in love as undergraduates at Yale. For Evan, a scholarship student from a Canadian logging town, Yale is a whole new world, and Julia—blonde, beautiful and rich—fits perfectly into the future he’s envisioned for himself. After graduation, and on the eve of the great financial meltdown of 2008, they move together to New York City, where Evan takes a job at a hedge fund. But Julia, who has only known a life of privilege, feels unmoored and increasingly shut out of Evan’s secretive world. With the market crashing and banks failing, Evan becomes involved in an increasingly high-stakes deal at work—a deal that, despite the assurance of his Machiavellian boss, begins to feel more than slightly suspicious. Meanwhile, Julia reconnects with someone from her past who offers a glimpse of a different kind of life.
As Evan and Julia spin apart into their separate orbits, they each find that they are capable of much more—good and bad—that they’d ever dreamed, and that betrayal is easier than they ever imagined.
The debut novel, The Futures is about two recent college grads trying to find success and their way in the real world. It’s 2008 and the beginning of financial instability for this country. Julia and Evan have been dating for a couple of years, are college sweethearts, and appear to be deeply in love. They both just graduated from Yale and are excited to be moving in together in New York City. Julia is unsure of what she wants to do with her life and Evan is working at a reputable hedge fund corporation. However, they soon become distant, cold and rather selfish. I appreciated the ease and flow of the novel and Pitoniak’s writing and description of NYC, but felt it needed more diverse and multicultural characters (it is NYC after all). I found the book to be okay. Perhaps millennials will identify with the characters more than I did.
Thank you NetGalley, and Little Brown for providing me an ARC of the book in exchange for my honest review.