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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

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 Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

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.

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • 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 ;-).

Weaknesses:

  • 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 <.<.

Summary:

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?????

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

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Comments

  1. Woahhhh I just picked out the audiobook from the library today! I’m glad that you enjoyed it so much! I already started it, but I had to get used to the narrator. This is my first audiobook, and I do like it so far, but it was kind of confusing in the beginning haha!
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    • I think I know what you mean about the confusion ;-). I was pretty neutral about the narrator at the beginning too, but I think I’ve become pretty immune to so-so narration, haha.

  2. There aren’t going to be any more books?! I was convinced that this was going to be a trilogy, if not longer! I can’t resist a sweet romance and I LOVE time travel (controversial, I know!) so how could I possibly refuse to read this? Especially now that I know it’s a standalone…I do not need any other long-running series to catch up on. >.>
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    • Yeah, the author confirmed that there wasn’t going to be a second book D: Hehe, no series to worry about here, just one awesome book that you’ll speed straight through :D

  3. I got this on audio book from ya sync this summer. It sounds great. I am putting it next on my audio book queue. :)
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  4. I cried so hard with this book. I finished it at about 9pm and I had to go right to bed because WHAT IS LIFE AFTER THAT ENDING. My heart really hurt way too much :P

    I did agree with your last negative point though – it did seem a bit circular at times. But I hardly paid attention to that! Probably because I couldn’t see the pages, tbh.
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    • I always get headaches after crying that hard over books too, so I would go right to sleep too! Benefit of audiobooks is that the pages don’t blur at least!

  5. I don’t think I actually realized this was a book with time travel. I mean it is right there in the summary, it just never clicked. But I’m glad to hear that for the most part this book worked out. I definitely want to read this more now.
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  6. I’m so happy you loved this one Anya! I thought it was so much fun and wonderfully done. I’m pretty sad there won’t be a sequel.
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    • Agreed about the sequel, though I also will read anything else Terrill writes at this point so a cool new world and characters to love would be awesome too :D

  7. *clutches heart* *rocks in corner* *keens* Reading this book for the first time hurt. The second time dang near killed me.
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    • I kind of want to go again just to figure everything out for sure, but I think it’s too dangerous at the moment D:

  8. Time travel is so hard to pull off, I’m glad to hear this one did it well. I’m curious now how the time travel works. I watched an anime that used a microwave, so I’ve heard about quite a few unique methods. Oh no, you cried? Now I’m afraid!
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    • I shan’t tell how the time travel worked because it must be discovered ;-) But yes, lots of crying, IN THE GROCERY STORE! *sobs*

  9. I typically despise time travel. ONTH, I also despise most dystopias so a book where people try to do away with one may be up my ally.
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  10. Yay! You know a book was truly enjoyed when the reader made excuses for extra errands in order to hear more. :)

    You’ll have to email me about this other option for dealing with the problem. It’ll probably make perfect sense, which is why they didn’t use it. ;) And yep, the author confirmed All Our Yesterdays is definitely a standalone bu there’s a mini-after-story on the author’s Tumblr if you’re interested in checking it out. I think it’s from Finn’s POV? Great review!
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