Saturday, July 5, 2014

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

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’s life crumbles, and with it, Marina’s 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.

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars 

Oh my, this book took me by complete surprise. While browsing the newest additions on my library's shelf, I just happened to pick All Our Yesterdays up. I'd seen a couple of positive reviews online, so I figured it couldn't hurt to give it a shot. 

I'm usually not a fan of time travel. The paradoxes tend to make my brain hurt, and more often than not, I don't have the patience to try to understand the science behind it all. However, Terrill did a fantastic job of making time traveling thrilling and understandable. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, turning pages as quickly as I could. While there is definitely an element of science fiction, the plot is extremely character driven. *squeals with glee*

The characters make me want to laugh, cry, and dance around simultaneously. They are just so deep. I adored getting to know each of them, and my heart was torn in so many ways as Finn, Marina, Em, James, and every character struggles to make the best decisions. The heart-wrenching relationships in the story will drive you insane, but trust me, you'll love it. 

This is one of those stories that will haunt you. I thought about it while eating cinnamon toast waffles. I wondered what would happen next while I took a shower. I contemplated the morals of the tale while driving home. I love books that make me do that. It's no surprise that I locked myself in my apartment and devoured the novel in a matter of hours. 

Overall, this has been one of my favorite 2013 debuts. I'd highly recommend to every reader, even if you're skeptical about the time-traveling element. Believe me when I say this isn't a novel you want to miss. 

My Reaction in a Nutshell

Favorite Quote(s)

"I almost regret having to tell him this. No one should be confronted with the depths of darkness they're capable of all at once."