Monday, June 29, 2015
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Author: Cristin Terrill
Published Date: August 26th 2014
Genre: science fiction, fantasy, time travel, YA
Page Count: 368
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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 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. 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 only one of them can win.
"There are risks," James concedes, "but progress is always dangerous, isn't it? Most of the time, walls don't get dismantled brick by brick. Someone has to crash through them."
Well this book was terrifying and heartbreaking all at the same time.
I'm not going to lie at first I was slightly confused by the dual point of views of Marina and Em and who they were exactly. But after awhile you start to understand it and get who they are. Which is heartbreaking all on its own.
For the majority of the book you are following Em and Finn who have been held captive and tortured for information on documents they have hidden. While you are finding out that information you also learn what has happened in the world and what the future has become, (Which is terrifying.) and why they have had to go back in time to try to stop a certain person from creating time travel and essentially making the world a terrifying place to live.
You do also have the perspective of Marina who is best friends with James who she has a huge crush on and would do almost anything to make him fall for her. While this part did annoy me at times, it was very realistic and really showed what you would do for your first love.
As for Finn well, he's James' best friend and also the person Marina can't stand.
While all of this may seem slightly confusing somehow it wasn't and Terrill pulled of the complexity of time traveling and the dual perspectives beautifully.
The thing I loved the most about the book is seeing the characters grow and how they changed. Terrill did an amazing job of this and really made the characters multi-layered and made them seem extremely real.
This book was very fast paced for me and I wish I had been able to read it in one sitting.
While Terrill has said there won't be a sequel she has released a short companion story that you can find here.