Sunday, January 5, 2014

All Our Yesterdays: Time Travel Perfection

Title: All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrill
Series: All Our Yesterdays #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013
Format: ARC
Genre: YA, Sci-fy, Romance
Rating: ✎✎✎✎✎


"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. 


My Thoughts and Reflection:

This book was entirely exciting.  I'm a fan of time-travel, and this book didn't disappoint.  The concept was just fascinating, and I never felt like the explanation was too far fetched.

Our characters were wonderful.  I did prefer Em as narrator, but Mariana was certainly endearing.  The whole thing with the double person was interesting, and not at all confusing.  Although the author doesn't exactly come right out and tell you, we figure it out pretty quickly.

This premise of two races against time, parallel but with different motives was adventurous.  When the two collided, I experienced one of the best written climaxes ever.

The ending felt safe, but it did conclude all of the plot threads.  I'm slightly concerned about a sequel, because even though I love the characters, I'm worried about the concept.  After everything is wrapped up, what could the author possibly have to go on?

Please don't let it be one of those sequels where the author is like, "They were safe, but at the start of this book everything you knew and loved is in shambles."  Those book tend to suck.

Anyway, this was a great read and one of my favorites of the year!  I did prefer the ARC cover to the final cover.  I understand the whole clock thing, but it just didn't give the story justice.

Au revior,



  1. I really need to get my hands on this, it looks brilliant! Also, that "I like big books" button on your sidebar had me bursting out laughing!

    1. It is brilliant! Nice word choice. :)

      I love that button! I laughed the first time that I saw it too!