"You have to kill him." 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 the day he moved next door when 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 apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. 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.
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.
Well, I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, and let me tell you...you guys are going to LOVE IT. Why, you ask? Well, I'll give you five reasons...
1. Not your typical dystopian
There is a future in this world, and the future is looking pretty grim. However, thanks to the wonder of time travel, we don't really spend a lot of time there. However, you still learn a ton about the world and how it came to be, and all of the ways it's different from our world. I don't know about you guys, but I'm going through a bit of dystopian burnout, so it was SO refreshing to find this different twist on dystopian that doesn't bog us down in a super-depressing world.
2. Not your typical time travel
I love time travel, but not when it makes my head hurt. And that's pretty much always. Cristin does an amazing job in this book of explaining the rules of her time travel in a way that makes sense. No scratching my head and saying, "Yeah, but what if...?" over here. It made sense and it just worked. In fact, it made me believe that time travel could be possible because she comes at it from a science angle instead of a mystical/fantasy angle.
3. Not your typical main characters
Two POVs - Em is in the future trying to save the world. Marina is in the present trying to figure out her feelings for her best friend, James. What do these two girls have to do with one another? How are their destinies intertwined? It's the coolest dual POV ever.
4. Not your typical love triangle
So, there are two love interests. Marina is in love with her best friend and next door neighbor, James. And Em would do anything for Finn, the boy in the cell next door to hers. And that's all I'm going to say for now, but just know that this is not going to play out the way that you think it might.
5. Not your typical bad guy
If you're like me, you like a villain that you are secretly rooting for and that you can identify with in some way. You like bad guys who aren't 100% bad and who you can really understand how they don't think they are the bad guy. This is the Doctor. He's doing some awful stuff, you guys, but you can't hate him like you want to, and that's a pretty awesome thing. In fact, it was one of my absolute favorite things about this book.
This book is just so...different. In all the very best ways. I was surprised at every turn, and I read it all in one sitting. I'm so excited that you all have a chance to read it now, and I can't wait for all of you to fall in love with Cristin's writing and storytelling the way I have!