All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Publication date: August 1st 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ)
Number of pages: 379
Series: Yes! I don’t know the series name.
Source: From the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Goodreads synopsis: A brilliantly brain-warping thriller and a love story that leaps back and forth in time – All Our Yesterdays is an amazing first novel, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.
Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn’t happened yet.
Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture – being kept apart, overhearing each other’s anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There’s no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It’s from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that’s about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future . . .
I have devised a different sort of way to review this book. I thought hmmm….how can I ask myself questions in a review? *lightbulbs flash* I know! I can interview myself!
Hello me from the future!
Huh? How can I be from the future if I am writing this now?
Well, I am pretending I haven’t read this yet. It kind of keeps with the theme of having a future self, ya know like Em and Marina?
Anyway, pick two words to sum up All Our Yesterdays
You must have really loved it! But did you love it the whole way through?
Well it took a while for me to pluck up the courage to begin this. Let me tell you – the hype! I don’t think I have seen a review that hasn’t been drenched in praise! When I first began this book, I was a little confused. Having been a while since I read the synopsis, I had no idea what was going on. The first time it switched from Em’s point of view, to Marina’s I had no idea they were the same person. But once I got my head around what was happening, I couldn’t stop reading!
Did you have a favourite part?
Hmmm…that’s tricky. Ok, I may be cheating a little here but I adored the last 30%! Yes the whole book was full of action but the ending – oh my goodness. I generally preferred Marina’s point of view over Em’s.
And why is that?
I found her more relatable and easier to understand. That’s not saying I didn’t like Em though.
What else did you like about All Our Yesterdays?
I loved the pacing, it was like it had been custom made just for me. It made easy and entertaining reading. It was unpredictable and there were a couple of twists. I enjoyed reading the interview at the end, it was very interesting. The other thing that particularly stood out was the characters. I liked both Finn and James! Don’t ask me to pick one. Please.
*Rolls eyes* Fine. Will you be finishing the series?
Would you recommend this? And, if so, to who?
Yes! Of course I do! I would suggest this to everyone, probably to teens and up.
Any quotes that you’d like to share?
Yes, actually. Once again, one of my favourite quotes comes from the ending:
“Deep from the back of my mind, a voice that sounds a lot like my own speaks to me like a memory, telling me I’m strong and loved and that everything is going to be okay.
And, for some strange reason, I believe it.” – Marina (97%)
Rating? Out of five.
Thanks for the interview, me!
That’s alright me, glad to be here!
Goodreads author bio:
Cristin Terrill has a bachelor of the arts degree from Vassar College and a master of the arts degree in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. She currently lives outside Washington, D.C., where she teaches creative writing workshop for kids and teens. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is her first novel.