“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.
I. Loved. This. Book.
When I was asked if I wanted to read & review this book, I immediately said yes. I was becoming really interested in the “New Wave” of YA Time Travel books and wanted to explore one of them myself. So ALL OUR YESTERDAYS came at the perfect time (timing really does play a big part in everything). Speaking of time, wow. Like WOW. So the book starts out so strange yet captivating. You have a feeling you’re not in “our time” but that’s about it. I LOVE it when authors trust their readers, this book is a prime example for that trust done well. When you’re jumping from time periods, when there are gaps in the story, you have to trust your reader and your reader must trust that no matter how crazy things get, you’ll set it “right” in the end.
OMG. So, yeah. I was completely in the dark from page one (practically). And I loved it because the story, the writing was so good that I had to keep reading. Speaking of opening pages that hook you, writers this is a book to add to your “to-study” list. Em reeled me in from the beginning because I had to find out why she had to do what she had to do, what was up with the instructions, who were these people around them (I mean “The Doctor”, come on…answers please), what happened to our world?!?!?!
Oh and then Marina and James…I’m not sure I can say anymore (without spoiling) but so many feelings. Okay this is spoilerly but not really at all (I know, I’m making no sense..basically if you want to be 100% in the dark instead of 99% don’t read). Most people when there’s time travel don’t introduce past characters to their former selves for fear of interrupting the time continuum but in this book it works so well. And the romance, well nothing puts the pressure on romance more than time travel and…yeah…I’ll just let you read the book yourself.
I think the one thing I really liked about this book, aside from the action and adventure and romance though was the characters. I still can’t believe this is her debut. It takes a truly talented writer to have characters interact as she did. Displaying their past and present selves, the growth they all make/changes they will inevitably make. It’s crazy good. Even though it was dark time, there was still hope, the characters held hope within them. Hope that they could change things and that their yesterdays wouldn’t lead to such a dark present.
I just want more, more backstory, more of the characters, more of both worlds/times. But I guess that’s a sign of a book well done because I could see myself immersed within the worlds Terrill created over and over again. I also think she did a great job with keeping up the action and not frontloading on the backstory. Again, that trust aspect was key to the book’s success in my mind. That’s a big part of what made me give it my five owl rating. Trust me when I say you’re going to want to read this one folks 😀 It comes out September 3rd so look for it in bookstores then or pre-order it today! (link goes to author’s website)
In addition, the author has created this absolutely ahmazing ALL OUR YESTERDAYS prequel web series. It leads up to the beginning of the book so go for it although I will warn you it will make you want the book NOW.
**This is a 100% honest review, I received the book from Publicist Samantha Lien from JSK Communications to read & review**
Oh, and speaking of wanting the book now. I do believe I’m giving away one copy of the ARC of ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill. The ARC is not to be resold, it’s for your personal enjoyment, although I hope you’ll post your review. It is for people living in the U.S. ONLY (sorry, but I’ll have future giveaway that’ll include people living internationally as well).
This is what the ARC cover looks like, different from the final one but still very cool!
What’s your favorite “New Wave” subgenre within YA or any book category???