Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 2, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, YA
Source: ARC obtained at BEA, Owned Audible Book, Read in 2014
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.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I’m not sure I understand time travel. But that’s okay, since it doesn’t really exist. At least, not that I know of. That said, books about time travel can be iffy. I know NOTHING about science, but we’ve all read books where the science was so wonky that even the most science illiterate among us cried foul.
I’ve no idea if the science behind the time travel in All Our Yesterdays is sound, or if it’s wonky- which is a good thing. It sounded impressive enough for believability, but not so complicated that my eyes glazed over like I was back in high school Biology. The time travel here is reader friendly, and I quite enjoyed the rules and laws that the author employed.
More than that, though, I enjoyed the story. I felt awful for all the characters- especially James and Marina- sometimes love and friendship isn’t enough to conquer all our demons. All Our Yesterdays isn’t just science fiction, isn’t just a love story, it’s a thriller and adventure and the hits keep coming, folks. It’s so tense and exciting that I had to switch to my physical copy because the audiobook was just too damn slow and I could not stop reading it. I had to know the ending.
There were some plans for a sequel, but Terrill put the brakes on it. I’m glad about that. Time travel is already so complicated, and All Our Yesterdays is such a brilliant stand alone book that I’m content to leave it as is.
I do hope Terrill is still writing other things, because this book surprised me. I would recommend it to anyone- even if you don’t think you like time travel. This book makes you think, and much like Stephen King’s 11/22/63, it asks you to consider if going back in time to kill someone before they can commit a crime. Is it right, is it moral? What ripple effects will changing the course of history have not only on the world, but your life? I liked that All Our Yesterdays didn’t shy away from complex questions of right and wrong- the things Em and Finn have to deal with are heartbreaking and devastating, and it makes for a rare YA read.
*Although the sequel has been canceled, the author did offer up a little scene called “Tomorrow and Tomorrow“, which takes place about nine months after the book ends. Click on the title to be taken to the author’s blog to read it.
Meredith Mitchell is fairly new to me as a narrator, I’ve only listened to her once before (One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey), but I like her. I think her voice is more suited to adult than YA, but then again, All Our Yesterdays isn’t so easily shoved into the YA box. I really like the tone of her voice, and when I looked her up on Audible, I was happy to see that she narrates the Dakota Cassidy books- which I really want to listen to someday, but she’s not instantly recognizable (I had to look up to see if I’d listened to a narration by her before). Still, she’s a narrator that I hope to hear more from in the future!