Wednesday, October 23, 2013

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill [Review]

All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)5 out of 5 Robots!

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Series: All Our Yesterdays #1
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Release: September 3, 2013
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
"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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
First of all, I loved this book.  Definitely in my top 5 reads this year so far.  It was tense, action packed, and heartbreaking.  The character are expertly drawn and the relationships between them are extremely well done. 

Our All Yesterdays plops you down right in the middle of the story.  We met Em and Finn, who are being held in a cell by someone called the Doctor.  They need to break out and find "Cassandra" and they have to kill someone.  I'll admit it was a little disorienting and madcap at first.  Especially when the narration changes and we met Marina and James, who seemingly have nothing to do with Em and Finn.  But then things start to drop into place.  There was more then once I went "Oh! OH!  I get it!"

I spent the rest of book wondering how it was all going to come together and what the resolution would be.  I was very pleased with how it ended.  It was heartbreaking and tragic in all the right ways.  And yet, at the very end it was hopeful and promising. 

My only small complaint is that we were supposed to believe that all this terrible stuff happens in a span of 4 years.  Like I said, a small complaint, but it niggled at me nonetheless.  But it wasn't an impediment to the story by any means.

There is a full story here.  It has a resolution and I felt very satisfied after I finished.  I just noticed there is a planned sequel for next year, so I'm not sure what Terrill has in store for our characters, but I will definitely be back.

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