26 July, 2013

book review

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

My Copy: ARC PDF eBook, 379 pages
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Sci-Fi | Young Adult | Suspense

A brilliantly brain-warping thriller and a love story that leaps back and forth in time – All Our Yesterdays is an amazing first novel, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.

Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future . . .

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My Review

All Our Yesterdays has a very good story that is presented very well.  All too often, I find that time travel stories do not explain the time travel well enough and then just leave me confused.  Because there are so many varying views of time travel.  But, I’m happy to say that All Our Yesterdays is not like that.  It was very clear and I was not confused!  Yay!

The story is told in alternating first-person perspectives from Em and Marina.  Em is from the future and trying to right the past, alongside Finn, and Marina is an innocent girl in the past who is just struggling with ordinary teenager things…until shit hits the fan and flips her whole world upside down.  Em and Finn need to go back in time to kill a boy in order to right the wrongs that he creates.

I thought all the characters were great and exactly how they should have been.  I wouldn’t change a thing!  The good were good, the bad were bad, etc.  Now, I’m not going to talk any more about the characters or the story because I don’t want to give anything away!  The mystery is one of the great things about this book and I really don’t want to ruin it for you, so unfortunately that means that I won’t talk about specifics in this review.  Sorry!
The writing was well-done.  As I said above, Terrill (another amazing debut author to keep an eye on!) explained the time travel aspects in a clear and non-confusing way.  I was hooked throughout the book.  Especially near the end, I didn’t want to put it down!
I would recommend this book with flying colours to all fans of Science Fiction/Time Travel for sure!  I would also recommend it to people who enjoy YA Suspense filled with action, intensity, and just enough mystery.  And, though All Our Yesterdays wraps up like a stand-alone (and I thought it was), at the back of the book it says there will be a sequel.
5 stars blue

A Peek Inside

I start to shake. In this time and place, a letter I don’t 
remember writing means something very specific.
But it’s the last line that makes me scramble
for the toilet in the corner of the cell.
You have to kill him.

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3 Responses to “ARC Review: All Our Yesterdays”

  1. Great review! I loved this book, although I found the beginning and ending to be quite confusing. The characters and the time travel concept were amazing and well-developed. I’m not too happy about the sequel plan actually. The book would do great as stand alone..