All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays 1) by Cristin Terrill
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s
4.5 out of 5 stars
Format: Paperback (Available in a variety of formats, out now)
So we’ve had dystopians with tyrants, and death-games, we’ve had zombies, vampires, werewolves, fairies etc etc, now the time-traveling era begins. First there was After Eden (although technically thats second as its not been released yet) and now All Our Yesterdays (I’m sure there are plenty more, time travel is not a new plot basis, but to the YA market where things go in fads, this appears to be the latest).
All Our Yesterdays follows two time lines, Marina is in the present, in love with her best friend, who is oblivious to everything except his science projects. Em and Finn are in the future, when Em discovers a note in her
All Our Yesterday has a opener that is probably one of the best I’ve read in a long time, simple, yet intriguing. It makes you want more. Em is obsessed with a drain in her cell. When she finally discovers whats in the drain she realizes she has to kill him. She’s tried everything else, but nothings worked, so the last option is to kill him. But to do so She must go with Finn, back to a past where the bad shits, not happened yet and make her move. This time travel takes her Marina’s timeline and as their paths intersect things take an unexpected turn and the book goes in directions you don’t expect. Can Em kill him in order to save everything?
I’m being purposely vague with ‘him’, through out the book you suspect who he is, but it takes a while for it to be confirmed or denied. This is the magic of the book, you can see the twists, but are still surprised when they happen, HOW they happen. The timelines take a little bit of time to sort out for the reader, but your soon immersed in the story and the semantics don’t matter. Terrill has also done a good job at explaining the time travel, some authors go into science in a big way, others gloss over it and pretend they don’t need to explain, Terrill’s struck the right balance, the reader doesn’t feel the need to question the plausibility of the story, it just works. Terrill has written a book that is mean, harsh and truthful, life is shit (time traveller or not), relationships change, and what you believe to be the absolute truth at 16 is not always the way things will pan out, be that your first love, your ‘bff’ or your worst enemy. Also bonus points for credible relationships, instalove has taken a backseat to long term devotion and the development of surprising feelings.
All Our yesterdays is one fast paced book, its an action film on paper, good fun, entertaining and everything you want from this genre. I was a bit annoyed to find it has followed the trend and turned into a trilogy – whats wrong with a good stand alone book? – but it works as an ending and whilst I am looking forward to book 2, I’m hoping the pace will continue in the sequel, as the story and characters won’t work with a slower, gentler book. Terrill is definitely an author to watch.