August 20, 2013

Latest Read: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Publication date: Sept. 3, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Category: Young Adult - Science Fiction
Source: Received ARC at BEA (Thanks!)

Summary: Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has 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 always loved her best friend James - a gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families - and he finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way. 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. (Adapted goodreads.com)
My thoughts…
The good: So.. how I do review this book without actually telling you anything about it? Because really, going in blind will make the the twists and reveals all the more jaw-dropping. But if you need some information, here's what you're allowed to know.

There are two realities. In the first, time travel is possible but a girl named Em is determined to prevent the creation of a time machine because it will save the world and save her from the cruel doctor torturing her. In the other, there's Marina and James - two childhood best friends potentially about to become more. Marina is your popular girl-next-door who has been in love with him forever and James is a shy, science prodigy whose life is about to change drastically. And somehow all their stories are interconnected.

All the main characters are so intriguing and complex. No one is what they seem, nothing is black and white. Everyone is carrying some sort of baggage with them. But these things don't make the characters unlikable. I think this very easily could've happened but instead, the author did a great job of giving us real people faced with difficult choices. People you could feel for and struggle to understand. We see the story unfolding mainly through Em and Marina's eyes and I connected to them both in different ways. Marina appealed my younger self and how I used to hope the boy across the street would notice me. Em is tough but vulnerable, which is my favorite type of heroine (you all should know this by now!). It's probably hard to imagine how or why these two girls find their lives intertwined but wow. Terrill amazingly weaves the details of her story between the two realities and the two point-of-views in such a way that you can't help but feel sucked in. I was ready for a fast-paced, action-packed plot but I was also moved and emotional by the end and I didn't expect that.

(No) reservations: There may be a point when you'll ask yourself - where is this all going? But it comes together!

Do I recommend?: I highly recommend this book. Especially when you hit the last twenty pages or so, you will stop everything you are doing until you reach the end. At least, that's how I felt! And there's going to be more! According to the author's site, this will be a duology and I'm very excited to see what happens next.

Happy reading!

6 comments:

  1. Yay, I'm happy you enjoyed this one too Rachel! I agree that the best way to read this book is with no prior knowledge. It makes it waaay more exciting!

    The dual perspectives were also super cool! I've never seen that in a book ever!

    Super excited for the sequel too! Wonder where Cristin is going to take the story! :)

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  2. Ok, not gonna lie, I skimmed this because I haven't read it yet and I am SO FREAKIN' EXCITED TO READ IT!! I trust your recs completely and I know you wouldn't do spoilers but after your first sentence I was like I'll read it blind. Love it! :)

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  3. I'll be entirely honest: Before reading your review, I had very little intention of reading All Our Yesterdays, primarily because I'm a little burned out on this sort of novel. That said, I think you might have just changed my mind! I really appreciated that you were careful not to give anything away. I like going in relatively blind and it sounds as though this is one of those cases where it's particularly important.

    *Shakes fist* I don't know whether I should be angry that I've found yet another book to add to my perpetually-growing TBR list or thank you for inspiring me to take a chance on a novel I had planned to ignore ;) Just kidding! This was a lovely review, as always, Rachel.

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  4. I've heard amazing things about this one, and I'm so happy to hear that you loved it as well! It's great when a story is action-packed and engaging, but it's even better when the reader is able to reach the characters on an emotional level. All of the characters seem to be really well-developed! Wonderful review, dear. :)

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  5. Hmm, this one sounds interesting, altho I'm not a fan of books that go nowhere, but I always finish books and since you said the ending was awesome, it might make up for it. I'll have to check it out. Great review!

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  6. This book basically made my face look like this --> O_O <-- for most of it! It was quite a thrilling ride, and I had the hardest time setting it down when it was time to work/eat. But REALLY. I think the time travel elements are fantastic, and I really loved the characters, particularly Finn. YAY for awesome sci-fi books with time travel!

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