I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 3, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, YA
Source: SYNC Audio
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.
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.
- In my renewal of love for Young Adult books a couple years ago I’ve discovered that I really like time travel books and All Our Yesterdays was one that I was very excited about. The premise sound really cool and a bit different from other time travel books I’ve read and I was happy to see that it was one of SYNC Audio’s free downloadable audiobooks this summer.
- As with other time travel books there is a science behind it. Personally I like when they don’t tell me too much because I’m not a science person and I don’t really care to know the specifics. I just want to know enough to make the story work. For me the science behind everything worked.
- At first I found the story to be confusing, but I feel like that is mostly the audio’s fault, not the books fault (more on that later). It was hard to tell the difference between Em and Marina at times. Once I figured everything out though I really got into the story. The second half moved at a fast pace and I couldn’t stop listening!
- It’s really hard to talk about the characters in All Our Yesterdays without any spoilers. There is so much going on between them and in the past/present and everything intertwines, which makes talking about the characters difficult. We have four main characters: Em, Marina, Finn and James. I liked Em and Finn, Marina sometimes got on my nerves and James was ok in a crazy kind of way.
- The plot was both intricate and simple at the same time. Em and Finn were going back in time to prevent time travel being possible due to the effects it had on the world. In it’s simplicity Em and Finn are just going back and stopping an idea, however they have been there and done that several times before without getting the necessary results.
- While I enjoyed All Our Yesterdays I had a difficult time with the audiobook. The narration was ok, but there were two narrator, Em and Marina, and the voice was the same for both, so if I missed the name sometimes it took me a bit to figure out which time we were in.
Overall I would recommend All Our Yesterdays to anyone who likes action or time travel!