All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrill
Series: All Our Yesterdays #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Release Date: September 3, 2012
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present – imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it…at least not as the girl she once was. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.
First Sentence: I stare at the drain in the center of the concrete floor.
Guys, this book. This book! You must read this said book! I love everything about it: the title, the cover, the story, the execution, the characters, the everything, and I don’t say this lightly. All Our Yesterdays is honestly better than I had expected and I’m so happy that it is.
While reading All Our Yesterdays, I experienced a variety of emotions, ranging from shock to anger, happiness to misery, and conflicted to stunned. There wasn’t a single moment where I was emotionless and bored, counting down the pages until I finished the book. No, while I was reading All Our Yesterdays, I was completely and totally invested in it.
Instead, I tiptoe to the second window and peer inside.
What I see stops my heart. (ARC 146)
I like how Cristin Terrill didn’t explain everything in the first half of the book and left us, the reader, to figure things out ourselves: What had happened, what’s the situation now, who we should trust, and who plays what part in the story. The way Cristin Terill executed her book made the story more exciting and it continuingly kept me guessing, trying to figure out what was what and what had happened when.
However, I can see every single plot twist Cristin Terrill had thrown at me coming. Surprisingly, even though I easily predicted a variety of plot twists in All Our Yesterdays, it did not effect my enjoyment of the book in any way whatsoever. Sure, I already knew everything that was going to happen, but the way Cristin Terrill executed it managed to catch my attention and keep it in a way without boring me or slowing the book down.
“I’ve been thinking about that,” I say. “We need to be there for January fourth. Four years ago.”
“Really?” (ARC 17)
I also love Cristin Terill’s version of time traveling. Her idea was unique and have never been done before. In addition, All Our Yesterday‘s version of time travel is different than all the other time traveling books I’ve read before – in All Our Yesterdays, time traveling is not actually linear as people think. That, however, will cause tons of paradoxes in time. To prevent paradoxes in time, time freezes certain events to prevent them from being changed. I know this all sounds confusing, but when you read the actual book, it all makes sense.
“How do you get back to your time?” Connor asks.
Finn glances at me before answering. “We don’t.” (ARC 64)
So guys, listen to me: When All Our Yesterdays is released in September, get your hands on it asap. It is that good. I will definitely be stalking Barnes & Noble for it until it’s up on the shelves.
I also don’t have to say that I will definitely recommend it to everyone, right?
Before I end my review, I have to say this: I love Finn. Where can I find someone like him?