All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1) by Cristin Terrill

Pages: 368  Yesterdays 

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Date Published: September 3, 2013 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

“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.

Review:

All Our Yesterdays has done the unthinkable. It made me like a time travel book. If you haven’t read this book yet, it’s about time you did. (Yes, you can expect more bad time travel puns to follow.)

After hearing Cee rave about this book, I grabbed a copy from my library. By the first chapter I was hooked. I couldn’t wait another minute. I had to know what happened next.

I started to piece together elements before the characters, which created some nice dramatic irony that added to the suspense of the book. The pace doesn’t really let up once you are introduced to both narrators, Marina and Em.

This book has action, romance, character development, and much more. It’s logic made somewhat sense to me, though it would take me a second to understand most of it. I wish we got more of a back story from Em and Finn’s past travels and more of a look at the world as it is in the future. But, other than those qualms, there wasn’t much more I could ask for.

Marina’s perspective would kind of drag in the beginning, which would make me long for Em’s narration. Marina is a different character to like at first, but she grows and evolves and it is really great to read.

On to Finn. Him and Em are my new favorite couple to ship. They were cute while facing down danger. I was rooting for those two the whole time. 

All Our Yesterdays has clocked in as my favorite time travel book. 

P.S. May I suggest to that the title to this book get changed to All Hour Yesterdays? 

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