Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: All Our Yesterdays #1
Pages: 368
Received: Received a copy from Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: September 3, 2013
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Goodreads Synopsis:

"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.

My Review:

This book was so much fun to read! I absolutely loved it and had trouble putting it down to do anything else. I was really intrigued by the idea of these two characters trying to save those they love even if it means doing whatever is necessary. This is a story about sacrificing those you love to save them even though it hurts.

I really think Cristin did a great job with the time travel aspect of this story, it was interesting and the scientific aspects made sense, which made this story so intriguing. I really loved the characters, especially Em. Seeing what Em had to deal with and how she will stop at nothing to save herself and prevent the machine from being created is difficult, especially when you learn more about her past and how emotional it must have been for her. Many of those emotions come through for Em when she needs to do something and you can see her struggles because of what it means to her.

I really wanted to kick Marina at times, and yet I could understand what she was going through. She is a teenager who is in love with the boy next door and will give anything for him to notice her in that way, and in doing so she gives up so much of herself. James is slowly seeing Marina and then a huge event changes his life and Marina will do anything to help him fix it.

The plotting of this story is well done and slowly builds up to an engaging ending that you just need to read! It's a race against time and showing how every little decision can change the future. It was interesting how things were explained, how Em has gone through different scenarios that end up leading her to this one quest.

I really think the way things ended in this book were perfect and there were a lot of reveals that surprised me, and some that I kind of saw coming. I really liked how Cristin Terrill ended the story, there are still questions but I think it wrapped up well (though I have recently realized there will be a sequel). This was definitely a great story, I loved everything about it, the slow build up making this book an even more intense read.

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