Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Written By: Kellie - Jul• 01•13

all our yesterdays

Publish Date: September 3rd, 2013
Source: ARC

Rating: 5/5 – Possibly the best YA time travel book I’ve ever read!

About the Book: “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. -Goodreads

Thoughts: Ooo boy, what a book! All Our Yesterdays is a standalone time travel novel of epic proportions. It follows the timelines of two different characters Marina and Em, and then things get really interesting as the two storylines start to come together and you realize there’s no way both stories can have a happy ending. “Brilliantly plotted” is a phrase that’s getting thrown around a lot with this book, and while it sounds a little cheesy, it’s not wrong.

From beginning to end this book is tense, ambitious and riviting. The stakes are high, and the relationships are meaningful and the writing is so, so good! While time travel obviously is a big element of the book, there isn’t a lot of sci fi. There were some really interesting (and unexpected) political aspects to the story as well.

For me, the best part of the book was the various characters as well as how past/present versions were incorporated. There’s so little I can say here without giving anything away though, and you should definitely experience this story for yourself. All Our Yesterdays comes out in September, and you should definitely pick up a copy!

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