Saturday, August 10, 2013

All Our Yesterdays [Book Review]

Disclaimer: I received a e-copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions.

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion
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"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.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

My Thoughts:
I would like to start off with saying that I have been recommending this one left and right and talking it up as much as possible. The writing is perfection. It's just utterly flawless.

All Our Yesterdays is told from a dual perspective. It starts out in the present with Em in a small cell next to her friend Finn next door. Em is obsessed with the drain in her cell. She smuggles a spoon from her food rations tray and is able to open it. Inside she finds a piece of paper. It's a list that she has made that she doesn't remember making. The last line reads: "You have to kill him."

With the help of a guard, Em and Finn break out and find Cassandra, a subatomic particle collider (time machine) and they go back in time.

Marina is the second perspective that takes place 4 years prior to Em and Finn's imprisonment. She is in love with her best friend and neighbor, James. He almost kissed her before leaving for Connecticut and now he's acting like nothing happened.

The way this story was weaved was so smart. I don't think I've ever read a time travel story and it didn't get confusing for me. Everything was laid out so well. I figured out some of the parallels pretty quickly, but there were a ton of surprises in the end.

The main characters had a way of making you connect very quickly with them and become invested in their stories. Even the secondary characters were important in the story and helped so much to build all the emotions and honesty to the characters and their lives, despite it being fiction.

The last 10 or so chapters had my heart pounding, pulse racing, and turning pages as quickly as possible to find out the conclusion of this amazing book. I was just so stunned reading what actually happened. The actual end was perfection. PERFECTION.

This book doesn't come out until September 3rd, but when it does GET YOUR HANDS ON A COPY!! You will not regret it. For this being only a debut novel, Terrill is going to have some crazy awesome stories to come.

Previous Review:
Something Blue by Emily Giffin [here]

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