Wednesday, 26 February 2014

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill.

"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.

I'm not usually a fan of books involving time travel but All Our Yesterdays is a brilliant result of stepping out of my comfort zone. The time travel aspects of the book were clear, well explained and actually made sense! The plot itself was full of twists and turns, more than enough to keep you engrossed chapter after chapter late into the night. The characters were well written and so distinctive. I loved how unaware of themselves they were and how they all interacted. From the beginning I found James to be quite manipulative towards Marina especially as he seemed to know she was hopelessly in love with him. As the book progressed he became more obsessive, selfish and unlikeable but at the end he almost redeemed himself which was surprising! Marina had her faults but she was unfailing loyal and good hearted deep down. I loved Finn, he was brave, assertive when needed yet still maintained a semblance of mystery! I adored how he interacted with Em and to an extent James. Em grew in my estimations as her backstory was explained and revealed, I think it really added depth and made a Em more realistic character. I enjoyed how clever and witty she could be while remaining good and kind hearted. I found Nate to be the most intriguing character, mainly because he became a big what if? I especially liked his influence over James, Marina and Finn who all idolised him. The Doctor was possibly my least favourite character, he simply used people until they became useless to him and then cruelly discarded them. I found his 'interrogation' methods cruel and his enjoyment of them worrying!
I absolutely adored every page of this book! I felt like all the characters and plot points were tangled up in a ball which slowly unravelled revealing each surprising twist. It is the perfect mix of sci-fi, light dystopia and contemporary.

First one of 2014! I immediately brought the paperback for my shelf and rereading purposes!

Are you an All Our Yesterdays fan?
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  1. I haven't seen lower than a 5 star rating for this book yet. I think I saw at the back that the author plans to make a sequel, will you be reading it? I'm not sure as I felt the story was wrapped up well in one book.

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    Under The Mountain's Review of All Our Yesterdays

    1. Hi!
      It's such a great book~ I'm torn on the sequel. I don't know if I'll be able to resist it!
      Thanks for stopping by!


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