(All Our Yesterdays, #1)
by Cristin Terrill
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Publication Date: September 3rd 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult | Time Travel
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"You have to kill him." 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.
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice. (Goodreads)
The characters in the story were all very well written, especially in the way that we get to see two completely different versions of each character -- the people that they started out as, and the hardened characters that they had become in such a very short amount of time.
The story was told through past and present versions of Marina, and her future self, Em. I thought this was really creative way to read the story, because even though it was from the same person, if felt like it was coming from two completely different people. In a way, I guess that it was.
The time travel aspect of the book was definitely interesting. As I mentioned before, I’ve only read a few time travel books in my time. This one definitely manages to stand out from the rest, not only with the plot, but also with the dystopian type future that the story starts out in. Add in the interesting characters, this really made for a fascinating read.
I was really surprised after reading the ending of the book to see that there is going to be a sequel in the future. I thought the book closed off very nicely, but I’m curious to see how the author is going to work another story around the ending of this book. I guess since the story is related to time travel, it would be possible.
Overall; this book definitely had me intrigued, and I enjoyed reading it. I don’t have much to compare it to, but it’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read that have dealt with time travel. Have you read the book? What did you think about it?
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