Author: Cristin Terrill
Series: (All Our Yesterdays #1)
Published: August 1st 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ)
Categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Synopsis: A brilliantly brain-warping thriller and a love story that leaps back and forth in time – All Our Yesterdays is an amazing first novel, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.
Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.
Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future…
Review: I have this habit that after I finished a book I’m already reeling everything in and starting a review inside my head. But you know the hardest part of writing a review? The introduction. I don’t know how to start it particularly if the review is not a positive one. And added to the struggle if the said book is massively hype and you felt like Debbie Downer by contradicting those optimistic reactions. Yep, that is how I felt right now. It is always, always not a good feeling to have.
Let me tell you first that I am eagerly anticipating this book. I cry bucket full of tears (ok, I’m exaggerating but my heart did feel like crying) when I was first rejected. But I tried again and this time I got lucky. I was approved and now my heart was doing cartwheel due to happiness. I’m so excited to start this book because who would not be sold with the idea of time travelling with the safety of the world hanging on balance because of some guy. And the love interest is the world’s only hope with her being designated to kill the person she loves. Oh lala~ totally exciting premise, isn’t it guys? And it was at the beginning but as I progressed I see myself not caring much on the characters and the events that unfolding right in front of my eyes. Like I get it, I get it, let’s move on.
Any type of romance as long it is a romance is a consolation for me when everything didn’t turn out as I hoped. But instead of enjoying I was rather confused at the beginning. Is this a love square or more a sophisticated form of a love triangle? I figured it was the latter. But needless to say I’m neither inclined to the boys but I must say the plot twist of killing the person you love have me interested the entire time. I was this thinking: can she pull the trigger? Can she do it? I’m not going to say if she did or did not but to leave you a hint I was sort of disappointed with her actions.
But despite my nitpickiness, there were moments that I was really glued to the story I wanted to know more about James how come they needed to eliminate him. I mean I know why (the world safety and all) but I want the complete details of the whys. So far I liked what I read. Actually I liked most of the things I read. Yes, there you go, the key word here: ‘like’ not ‘love.’ Maybe the reason is I have all the intention of loving this book before I read it but only feel a bit less than expected. But the fans of this book are not wrong; it is a very good book. An enjoyable one at that!
I received an eARC from Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) via Netgalley. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “Your idealism is one the things I loved most about you, but faced with the prospect of actually being able to change the world, you become rigid.” — Marina (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)