Author: Cristin Terrill
Genre: sci-fi…also there’s lots of time travel
Length: 360 pages
Source: borrowed it from the library
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.
Yep, so, this one’s about time travel.
It’s about all our yesterdays. Which is in the PAST. And there’s stuff about the FUTURE. GET IT?
Past and future book week???
I’ll stop now.
So time travel.
It gives me perfect opportunity to put Doctor Who gifs in here.
But let’s actually talk about the book.
I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to.
Everyone RAVED about this book. Goodreads is filled with five-star reviews. So I expected…I don’t know, the perfect book or something. Part of the reason I didn’t enjoy it more might be because it was a long week, and I was really tired, and just taking out my boredom on poor All Our Yesterdays.
And it started off so well! It was intriguing, and the time travel aspect was done really well, and I liked that there were two viewpoints.
But then…it got a bit dull.
Nothing much was really HAPPENING. We got a lot of back-story from Marina (who is like Em but in the past) and the two stories didn’t match up at all. And even though it was necessary back-story, I just wanted to get to the real stuff.
I honestly wanted more from the time travel aspect. More timey-wimey stuff. And though I did like how it worked (and the explanation for it) I just…I don’t even know. I felt like there was something missing.
Plus, I didn’t really connect to any of the characters. I didn’t quite understand why a certain person went bad. And apparently we weren’t supposed to know immediately that Em and Marina are the same person? Because it’s pretty obvious.
And there was so much back and forth! This whole thing could have been resolved so much more easily, and I’m sure there were other ways to do it.
Basically, I think it was because of the two separate storylines that I wasn’t invested in either.
Well, no, not really, because you were here a second ago and now it’s switched and I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON.
But anyway. The good things about this novel are that it’s fast-paced, it has cool time travel stuff, and it’s kind of like a movie in book form.
I just wish I could have enjoyed it more!
Rating: 3/5 Wonderkitties