All our Yesterdays – Book Review
YA Dystopian/Time travel
All our Yesterdays series Book #1
What would you change?
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 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 life crumbles, and with it, Marinas hopes for their future. 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.
Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win…
While I found the beginning of the story a little confusing, I found that by the end of the book I was hooked. Unknowingly, I had become swept up somewhere in the middle, although I do recall a distinct defining moment when everything suddenly clicked and made sense. So let me begin by saying, do not give up on this book! While things may seem a little fuzzy and disjointed at first, they soon come together and you will be very glad you persevered.
Like with most time travel books, there is a lot of jumping about. You don’t always know if you’re in past, present or future, but you do know that you are between the pages of a good story. In regards to this book, please trust the author to guide you through it – it really is a great piece of literature!
The story begins with sixteen year old Marina, a shy, introverted girl who happens to be in love with her best friend and next door neighbor, James. The youngest son of a rich and influential family, James is a prodigy in his own right. After losing both his parents at a young age, he slowly sinks into an obsession with finding a way to get them back.
Yet when an assignation attempt leaves James beloved brother in a critical coma, Marina finds herself at a loss to help. Especially as she could have sworn one of the assassins looked to be the mirror image of herself. But now with James sspiraling out of control, the foundations of a dark future are falling into place, and only two unlikely heroes from the future can stop the impending doom, but the cost may just be James life…
This book was complex but very well written. I myself love paradoxes and this story certainly leads you on a twisty path of maybes and what ifs that at times may just blow your mind.
The characters each have distinct voices and often conflicting agendas that contribute to a fast paced plot with plenty of action and drama. And while at the end you are left with many unanswered questions, I can’t wait to see how Cristin Terril plans to continue this series.
Overall ALL OF OUR YESTERDAYS is an emotional and deeply thought provoking read that will really open up your mind to the possibilities of fate. A fantastic read. 4 stars!