Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

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Genre: Dystopia (YA)

Release Date: 1st August 2013

In a frightening version of the future, Em and Finn are locked up, kept apart and tormented by the crazed Doctor. When Em finds a note from herself in her cell, she learns there is only way they can escape this prison. She and Finn must travel back in time, where Em will have to kill the boy she once loved. In this past world, Marina pines for James, the boy who cannot seem to see her as more than a friend.

This is an exciting dystopian read, Finn and Em’s time travelling adventures are both gripping and mind-bending. The relationship between Em and Marina is a very interesting one, as Em learns to come to grips with who she is, and who she was. There are no easy answers, to save the future she must hurt her younger self. I found myself torn between the different characters (and their past and present versions) as well as the different relationships. At times I found the switches between past and present selves a bit confusing, but in general I found it to be a very interesting concept. This is an impressive debut, but I would have preferred a more conclusive ending, with the book as a stand-alone title rather than as the beginning of a series. Overall, I loved the strong characterisation, the love stories, the conflict around the killing, and the contrast between the characters and their past selves. And of course, time travel is always a plus!

Reviewed for LoveReading4Kids – check out the other reviewers’ thoughts on All Our Yesterdays here.

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