“All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)” by Cristin Terrill
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
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.
I’m thoroughly impressed with this book. Time travel can be difficult. There are the hows of it working. There are the many, many problems and paradoxes that occur because of the time travel. This book seemed to address many of the issues. I think most of my questions were answered over the course of the story.
I really liked the focus of choice in this story. Choice is a huge part in everything going on. Em and Finn made many choices in trying to fix things. Those choices lead them to making an almost unthinkable choice because there were no other choices. The Doctor made choices and we see where those choices led him. I think James and his ultimate choice is what really sold me on the book. It came out of nowhere but I was impressed.
I thought all the kids (Marina, Finn and James) had interesting backgrounds and felt like real people. None of them felt flat or had just one aspect to them. I really enjoyed getting to know them and see how they react to things even though I knew how things would play out.
I have to say that listening to this was a bit odd. I think it took me a bit longer to figure out what was going on with the jumping back and forth. It took awhile to realize that Finn, the boy in the cell next to Em, is the same Finn that annoyed Marina. I think some of that confusion would go away with reading the book because you have everything in front of you.
The bottom line? Awesome time travel book.