Book Review: All Our Yesterdays

Book Review: All Our YesterdaysAll Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Published by Disney Hyperion on September 3rd 2013
Pages: 368
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"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.

It all starts with a drain. A floor drain in the middle of a cell. A drain that has been Em's obsession for the last unknown number of days. What's the point of the drain? Is it going to play a part in her death, or is there something less sinister about it? Desperate for answers, any answers, Em does the only thing she can… she opens it. And once opened, there is no going back… ever.

All Our Yesterdays has one of the best openings I have come across in a while. The obsession of the drain. The mystery of what Em is doing in the cell. I was on the edge of my seat. Waiting for the bomb to drop. To discover exactly what I had gotten myself into with this read.

And once it all drops, I was floored.

Time travel, evil villains, assassinations, romance, All Our Yesterdays has it all. Plus, for most part, it all works!

Em and Finn were such amazing characters. I fell in love with both of them most instantly, and their romance. What was perfect for me about All Our Yesterdays was the romance. It wasn't the beat you over the head kind. Our characters start off in love, and as the tale unfolds you get to see the how and why for the most part. But the romance is just the icing of the cake with All Our Yesterdays.

At its heart, the book is really about friendship. Wanting to go that extra mile to do all that you can for your friends. Even if it means having to kill them.

Final Verdict:

All Our Yesterdays was beyond anything I had hoped for. There are a few confusing parts and lingering questions that I have, but nothing to major. The time travel aspect was, for the most part, handled very well. Although, the reveal / twist, I guess you could say, was a little sloppy. I am not sure if that has anything to do with my reading this as an ARC or not, but I wish it had been a little cleaner.

Personally, I loved this read to bits, and while there is so much that I would love to say about All Our Yesterdays… I can't, in order to avoid spoilers. Bottom line, it is one of those reads that you have to experience for yourself.

 

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