All Our Yesterdays is a thrilling story about two people going back in time over and over to try to prevent a dystopian future. The twists and action is seriously non-stop in All Our Yesterdays, making it an excellent book to binge or listen to on audio! It took me forever (and a swap with Kel) to finally get to this highly recommended book and I’m so glad I did! If you’ve been looking for a time travel book that actually makes sense but still takes advantage of the awesome craziness that results from trying to change your past, All Our Yesterdays is just what you’re looking for.
Note: I listened to All Our Yesterdays on audiobook. This definitely influences my experience.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Narrated by Meredith Mitchell
Published by Disney Hyperion on Sept. 3, 2013
Genres: Sci-fi, Thriller, YA
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.
- I cannot think of any stretch of time where All Our Yesterdays lacked action. It wasn’t to the point of stressing me out fortunately, but there was also some immediate goal that the characters were dealing with and I was definitely never bored. I was listening while driving for the most part and my drives seriously sped by amazingly fast. I found myself making excuses to run errands just to listen more >.>.
- I’ve read a fair number of time travel books (I grew up on Heinlein for one), and really liked the slightly different approach that All Our Yesterdays uses. I won’t spoil anything, but I think that many readers will find it refreshing ;-).
- I found the narration for All Our Yesterdays to be above average. I’m not jumping to buy everything she narrates, but I was happy with how she told the story. There were distinct voices for the main characters so that I could easily figure out who was speaking in dialogue and tricksy things that make sense eventually.
- It is pretty much impossible to talk about the romance in All Our Yesterdays, but I found it quite sweet and developed nicely. Terrill also uses the time traveling element to make the romance more intriguing and entertaining, so kudos there!
- I was pretty sure that All Our Yesterdays would cause me pain eventually, but omg there goes my heart! I managed not to cry too much while driving, but gaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!
- Paradoxes are a very tricky thing for a time-traveling story to handle and I found the way that All Our Yesterdays dealt with them to be very sensical and not confusing at all. You don’t have to worry about keeping things straight about which timeline did what ;-).
- This is where I need to discuss with people who have already read All Our Yesterdays, but for now I shall be vague. There is an option for dealing with the problem that never was discussed as having been tried and I’m pretty convinced it would have worked but it is just never addressed…. >.>
- I did see the twists coming unfortunately, but I was trying hard to think of what might happen because that’s the kind of reader I am ;-).
- A fair amount of the efforts that Em goes through in All Our Yesterdays to accomplish the main goal seemed to get a bit repetitive and that is all I can say on that <.<.
All Our Yesterdays is a great standalone time-travel thrill ride! It is perfect for a fun afternoon or an audiobook adventure, just know that you might not be able to put it down ;-). I love how time travel was handled in All Our Yesterdays and am therefore a bit sad that there isn’t going to be more books, but maybe a book set in the same world but different timeline or something??? Please?????
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
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