Book Review | All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 4:00 AM

Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Pages: 368

"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

*Warning – This review contains confusing sentences that will most likely leave you wondering what the hell I’m talking about. But in order for me not to spoil anything it has to be this way ;)

I have to admit that I have been putting this book off for a while because I’ve always had a hit or miss relationship with time travel books. Finally I decided to give it a chance because I had seen so many positive things about it and I’m so glad that I did. This book was absolutely amazing.

When I first met Em I could tell that she was going to be such a strong character and that she had been through so much in her short life, I immediately felt a connection with her. I was also very drawn to Finn at the beginning, in both ways (if you’ve read the book then you probably know what I’m talking about. If not, then you should read it)

I wasn’t too fond of James from the very beginning but even I didn’t expect that whole mess surrounding him. What mess, you ask? Well that would spoil the surprise, my dears. So you will have to read this very amazing book to find out. You’re welcome.

Overall, All Our Yesterdays is such an intriguing read, that is filled with so much action and suspense that I was constantly wondering what would happen next and how everything would come together at the end. And I must say that the ending took me completely by surprise. I’m glad that I gave this book a chance regardless of my past relationships with time travel and I can honestly say that I will be more open with them in the future. 

Favorite Quote
"Most of the time, walls don’t get dismantled brick by brick, someone has to crash through them."

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