All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays

by Cristin Terrill


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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 apart, 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 only one of them can win.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423176374
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cristin Terrill is a young adult author and aspiring grown-up. The holder of a master's degree in Shakespeare studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, she has worked as a theatrical stage manager. She currently leads creative writing workshops for DC-area kids and teens.

Meredith Mitchell is an actress who has performed in film, in television, and on stage. Her film work includes Mona Lisa Smile and The Reunion. She has recorded numerous audiobooks, and she earned her MFA in acting from Brandeis University.

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All Our Yesterdays 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
   From the very beginning I was hooked! There is so much action and suspense in this book I was biting my nails nonstop. I found myself yelling at this book telling them what to do and trying to make them listen to me. Unfortunately they didn't hear me :\ lol      I saw everyone talking about all the feels in this one, and let me just tell you, it is completely justified. I felt EVERY FEELING EVER while I was reading this. From being scared, to falling in love, to hatred, to triumph, to closure. Terrill is an amazing writer that will take you to happiness and before you can get too comfortable, will snatch it back and replace that glorious feeling with terror.     Speaking of all the feels... THAT ENDING! Holy crap, that ending! That's really all I can say or else I'll start rambling. I was glued to the pages and I loved every bit of it. I was so glad I was reading this by myself as I read it because I was shouting at the book, telling them all that they should've done. I was just a mess. I barely had any nails and my hair was a wreck from me running my hand through it. I'm not kidding you guys, it will do that to you.       With that being said, Terrill is an amazing author. This book is super intense and full of emotion. THROUGH OUT THE ENTIRE THING. Not just that superb ending, but through the whole thing. The chapters themselves had cliff hangers. It was just one of those books where you can't rely on "just one more chapter." It will leave you hooked on its pages until the end.       The time travel aspect of this is pretty good as well. It isn't confusing and you can easily tell when its the present or the past.  And the small glimpse of the change is easy to spot as well. I just wish we had more information on it. Such as how it was finally done and what they needed to do it. I feel like it could've been explained a little more. (But I guess that's what the sequel is for... Right?)      The one complaint I have with it is the world building. I understand they're in cells in the beginning and all that, but I wanted to see what the world was like outside the cell. How the world looked as it was during war. We had that amazing cover, I was expecting to see some of that reflected in the book. It just wasn't there. I think had it been, this would have been a solid five star read for me.       All in all, this book is a force to be reckoned with. I was a little surprised to see that was a debut. It was a little over hyped, but that is easily overlooked as you fly through the pages to get to the end. 
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book, and it is a well done time travel novel. I was deliciously confused as everything wove together.     As far as Em. I knew that the world outside was falling apart, and I just wanted to know why she was witholding information and what got her locked up in the first place. She has an intense voice, and I connected with her because I saw good in her, a desire for freedom, and this sacrificial nature that I really admire.      Finn was amazing. I loved their bantering and the chemistry between them. I also liked that there was a history there not just some kind of instant attraction. There was also the time and conversations shared while they were locked up together. As the story progresses you really get to see the depth there, and I love Finn more and more. There is a depth to him, and how he is with his family and with Em makes my heart flutter.      At first, when it jumped to Marina, there was a startling contrast of normalcy. Marina is worried about a boy, and giggling with her friends, and I was so curious to see how it all connects. James is her neighbor and the boy she is in love with and has for years. Her support of him, and their history together was sweet to learn about and it became all so important later on, but I had no idea how as I was reading it.      Cristin knows how to write a staggering romance, the stolen moments together on both side and things like a hand just the right amount of high on the thigh were all things that made me sigh.      As the story unravels I begin to question everything I thought I knew, and examining characters I thought I loved because of pieces of each story that were revealed. And I can't believe it took me as long as it did to connect some of the dots, especially with the Finn clue. But it was still just so emotional and hard to see both sides of the story. It was pretty hard to reconcile the two parts of the story at times, because I didn't see the transformation as slow as it was, it was just the stark contrasts, and that made the story all the better though.      By the way, this is one of the most complex and unique love triangle circle jumbles that I have read but since it is two points in time, it makes me love it and my heart was divided because of everything I knew. But it was all so believable.      The ending is shocking, bittersweet and heartbreaking. But it wrapped up everything well. Even though I will jump at the chance to get back into this world, I wasn't left with that gaping, can I hurl this book because there is no way that its ending like this, and I am thankful for that. Though I will say that I was a little curious how some of it resolved with a few of the events, but I think I have pieced it all together, and I know that is no flaw on the book but on my reasoning.      Great world building, superb romance, characters I loved and felt for, and beautifully woven together.        Bottom Line: Intense roller coaster of action, breath taking romance and intrigue.
abbott123 More than 1 year ago
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill Print Length: 368 pages Publisher: Disney Hyperion (September 3, 2013) My Review~ The cover is amazing! I love it so much! It caught my eye right off the bat and I knew it was a Dystopian type of book by looking at it. WOW WEEE what an awesome ride! I didn't forsee some of the events happening. I was so immersed with the book that I was experiencing Marina's feelings. I cried toward the end. This book is so intense and action packed that there is not one still moment. I loved it!!! It was full of time traveling, romance, danger, sadness, and friendship. I got submerged with the characters. I loved how you can see them grow and change into something better. The writing is fast and the plot is awesome. There wasn't a thing that I would change. The ending had me floored and I can't get it out of my mind. I feel like I'm suffering from an awesomeness melt down. This is the type of book that I would read over and over again for the fact that the characters and I connected so well. I felt as though I was actually in the story. I adored the characters Finn and Marina. I loved the dialogue between the three friends. I can not believe this is this authors debut novel. It is so amazing. I can't wait to see what this budding author will write next. I can't say how blown away by how fantastic this book is. Can love and a friendship so deep quell the evil that is rising? Can they save the world from evil? Amazon Book Description: 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.
Regina-Reads More than 1 year ago
I’ve never considered myself a big Sci-Fi fan, but this book changed me. I always thought I needed lush landscapes and heavy romance to enjoy a novel, but Crisitin Terrill’s writing and lyricism has truly created a piece of ART. All Our Yesterdays distills, to it’s very essence, what a good book is all about. I felt as though this book read me. I was completely absorbed by the first few pages, and the story just carried me along until it was finished. This story sucked me in, and released me feeling like a different person with no concept of how much time had passed because I was so engrossed with the world Cristin created. It’s hard for me to break this story down without giving away some key points of the plot. Even reading the back synopsis didn’t prepare me for what I was going to experience in between the pages.  This book made me feel a whole spectrum of emotions, and left me reflecting on how the world works. What, in essence, is Timel? If I could go back and change something, would I?  This books is AWESOME. Just trust me when I say READ THE BOOK. You won’t regret it.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
All Our Yesterdays is thrilling, jolting, and one of the best time-travel romances I've ever read. During a time of deep bureaucratic brew in Washington DC, Marina Marchetti finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a sensitive, highly guarded affair. As if her hopeless crush on her genius best friend, James Shaw, doesn't make her life—where she's too plain, too out-of-place, and too ignored—hard enough. Now, she's caught up in a dangerous political battleground, and there's no telling if her life—or James's—will be safe, or even significant, ever again. In another time—in an alternate, but simultaneous world set four years into the future—Em makes a dreadful discovery: in order to save herself, save humanity, she has to kill him. It's the only option she has left; her past selves have tried every other method, and each of them has failed, and proceeded to write them down onto a piece of paper which she finds in the drain of her prison cell. It's the last thing in the world she wants to do, but she knows there are certain sacrifices she has to make. Alongside Finn, the one boy who's suffered with her, comforted her, and loved her throughout it all, she's determined to succeed in this critical mission upon which the entire world depends... because this time, it may be her last chance. There was not one page in All Our Yesterdays that didn't have my full, aching attention. The plot moves quickly and it moves consequentially; it pained me even to blink because that's how desperately I didn't want to miss anything. The shifting perspectives between Marina and Em not only create a mounting sense of anticipation, but also masterfully connect the two different worlds, the two different narrators, which brings the entire story revolving around the pivotal time machine, into full circle. The intense storyline was enough to impress me, but on top of this, Cristin Terrill just had to breathe life into her characters. She depicts such a genuine dynamism in every single one—the kind that could only result from the affliction each of them has been through. Your heart will break along with James's, Marina's, and Finn's, I guarantee it. Marina starts off as a bit of a brat, and it isn't until the boy she loves hardens before her very eyes that she realizes the horrors of a dangerously brilliant mind and an equally determined heart. I connected with her in her imperfections and her tragic vulnerabilities; while she's not the kind of person I'd beg to become best friends with, she is a terrific protagonist and her account is not only mind-bending, but also highly moving. Em is a different kind of narrator. She's unwavering and she's clever—a lethal combination—and the past four years have toughened her up greatly. However, a wisp of that hopeful, loving person she used to be—the kind who just wanted to believe in the good in people—still resides deep inside of her, even after all she's been through. That is her weakness. Finn is by far the most affecting character. He made me laugh out loud and wince, my heart clamp up, and my gut drop. He's basically the perfect book boyfriend: clever, hilarious, strong. The thing is, Em, whom he's in love with, can't detach herself fully from her past... and that is his weakness. A fierce love's war meets The Butterfly Effect when Em and Finn realize time travel isn't a wonder; it's an abomination. Their efforts to keep everything that has ever happened from ever happening, however, does have its disastrous consequences, including putting their own lives and existences at stake. Time is complex and perplexing that way; it has a mind of its own, and whatever repercussions it delivers for messing with it, they'll have to withstand. After all, in this type of war, sacrifice is the only effective weapon that exists. All Our Yesterdays is electrifying, devastating, and THE GODDAMN REASON I'LL PROBABLY NEED THERAPY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. Sorry, I'm sorry. It's just that this book has messed with my emotions so much; I can't even control my outbursts now. I swear this is the last time I'll do that. Pros: Unpredictable and suspenseful // Unique take on time travel // Purposeful in message and tender in tone // Realistically frightening dystopian setting // Expertly portrayed dynamism in characters // Gorgeous, perfectly balanced romance // FINN FACKIN' ABBOTT // Just a bleepin' phenomenal book, okay?? Don't even ask, just go buy Cons: A couple plot holes, as expected from a time travel story with its paradoxes and whatnot; did not detract from my enjoyment, though (obviously) Verdict: Shocking, exhilarating, and breathtakingly romantic, this YA dystopian thriller will consume you and frighten you and shatter you to pieces. I promise you, All Our Yesterdays will leave you writhing, gasping, and reeling in the aftermath of its frenzied, enthralling story of what happens when time travel goes utterly, horribly wrong. With a powerful narrative voice, intoxicating characters, and a romance that is all of tender, complicated, and heartfelt, Cristin Terrill brings readers a staggering debut that simply cannot be missed. Rating: 10 out of 10 hearts (5 stars): I'm speechless; this book is an extraordinarily amazingly wonderfully fantastically marvelous masterpiece. Drop everything and go buy yourself a copy now! Source: Complimentary copy provided by publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, JKS Communications!).
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** All Our Yesterdays by Crisitn Terrill Publisher: Disney Hyperion Publication Date: September 3, 2013 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): "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. What I Liked: WOW! What a book! I can't believe I waited two months to read this one. I got it in May, and decided that September was far away, and that I didn't need to worry about September releases yet. Of course, mid-July, I realized that I had more September releases than I had review spots in September, so I took this one with me on a day job, and read for about two hours. Let me tell you, this book just flies by! I found myself deeply engrossed, and I read this book in on sitting. It's filled with action, high-speed car chases (sort of), MURDER (imagine Stewie saying that, in that episode when he read The Da Vinci Code), and a sweet romance that you know right from the beginning. Em and Finn need to go back in the past - their past - and stop James. Currently, they're in a prison. Em has failed thirteen times (it might have been fourteen), and has ended up in this prison all of those times. Every time she fails, she leaves instructions for herself in her cell, in a drain grate. This time, when she finds the instructions, she is convinced that she and Finn will succeed. In this present time (which is technically the future), Finn and Em are totally in love. So, with the help of a guard they found in the past, Finn and Em go back in time. Finn and James and Marina are best friends in the past. Marina is in love with James. Marina hates Finn, because he's annoying and rubs her the wrong way. James's brother is a congressman. In this present time, Em and Finn have to find a way to kill James. Because James did something awful, and whatever it is (you'll find out), they need to stop it. Or they'll end up in the prison. Again. I love love LOVE the plot of this book! Between Marina/James/Finn, and their blissful ignorance, and Em/Finn, and their quest to stop James... everything is so insane! If you pick up that one little thing, like I did, JUST by reading the synopsis... then your life (a.k.a reading this book) will be a lot easier. If you don't, then you'll just be surprised at some point. But it's really obvious. Look closely at the synopsis and what it says. And the two different stories/times. And the names. The romance in this book is so sweet. I love watching Marina do the awkward dance around James. She's so in love with him, but he doesn't see it until he needs her comfort, and she's there. I love Em and Finn even more, because they're so genuine, and a beautiful couple. All the times of traveling back in time... and they keep falling in love with each other. Love it! Terrill's writing style is AMAZING. It totally contributes to the brilliance that it time travel and the time and space continuum. I usually hate time travel books. But this book seems extremely plausible, because it's very scientific. You all know me and my math/science brain. Terrill really did her research, and her writing is gorgeous. Read this one ASAP! If the cover didn't convince you, I hope this review does! What I Did Not Like: I kind of wish there was a bit more about the ending. It's sort of open-ended, which is okay, with series, but not with standalones. Is this a standalone? I've seen no indication otherwise. I hope there would be an epilogue, or something more, but I suppose not. Is it so bad that I want MORE? :) Would I Recommend It: Totally! Even if science fiction is not your thing, I think any reader would enjoy this book. I personally dislike most time-travel books (except the Ruby Red trilogy!), but I loved this book. Rating: 4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars, because I wanted more from the ending. BUT, it's a fitting, good ending, that wraps up everything. I just want more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
sheltisebastian More than 1 year ago
action packed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should i get the book. Is it a girly book? Thats my question im 13 male should i read it?
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"You have to kill him." Locked up in a government facility, Em marks time by staring at the drain in her center of her cell or talking to her fellow prisoner through the wall between their cells. Then, of course, there are the interrogation sessions with the Doctor. But Em tries not to think about those. Or the Doctor. The only thing keeping her going is the list of instructions written in Em's own handwriting. Em has tried everything she can think of to prevent the completion of a time machine that will break the world. The list proves that well enough. But none of her attempts have worked and now Em is left with one last, terrible option. Marina has loved her neighbor James since forever. More, even, than she loves herself sometimes. Quiet, focused James finally might be seeing Marina as more than a friend when one disastrous night changes everything. Everything Marina previously knew will be thrown into question as she struggles to protect James at any cost. Em and Marina stand on opposite sides in a race to protect time. Only one of them can come out alive in All Our Yesterdays (2013) by Cristin Terrill. All Our Yesterdays is Terrill's first novel. Alternating between Em and Marina's narratives, Terrill has created a story that intertwines and connects in clever, unexpected ways. The time travel elements here are wonderfully plausible and key to the plot and all of its surprise reveals. In addition to an action-packed adventure, All Our Yesterdays is a well-paced, meditative story about the strengths (and limits) of friendship. At the same time Terrill offers a thoughtful, subtle development as Marina come into her own and starts to learn to love herself. With light science fiction (time travel) elements All Our Yesterdays is a great starting point for readers looking to give sci-fi a try as well as veteran readers. The other arcs regarding friendship and causality promise that this book has a lot to offer every reader. Highly recommended. Possible Pairings: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, Hourglass by Myra McEntire, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff *This book was acquired for review from the publisher at BEA 2013*
Nova_Blogder More than 1 year ago
All Our Yesterdays is that kind of story where you know heartwrenching decisions must made but you still hope that at the end, it'll end in happy ever after. Cristin Terrill grabs readers and throws them into this brilliantly created world before readers even realize they've grown attached to the characters. Being a teenager that watches a lot of Doctor Who in her spare time, I was very open to this book and its idea. I, myself, don't actually understand the laws of time, nor have I really wanted to. The laws of time are very bent as everyone has a different perspective of what can or can't be done. Personally, "time" as a topic (associated with "travel") has to be "dumbed down" if used for a book in YA. The laws the author creates has to be easily explained as well as an understandable concept. If you make it so only theorists can get it, no one's going it. That being said, Cristin Terrill was wonderful about the way she wrote and how much she explained. I could understand very well what was going on and how time worked in her novel. It also didn't give me a headache so that is also a plus. The main plot is "fix the past, fix the future." Something in the past went wrong to lead to a downward spiral of horrible future events and it's up to Em and Finn to travel back to the past to kill the person who started it all. This is the person who invented time travel before it should've been invented. I'm sorry if my summary sucks, but this should be better explanation wise: This novel is written in Em and Marina's point of view. Let's get something straight. This novel gets very confusing if you don't read it slowly. Marina and Em are basically the same person in two different timelines. This isn't really a spoiler because if you don't get this, the novel will be TOO confusing. Because you've got a future and past version of the same character, addressing them in a way where they're distinguishable can be difficult. The reason it's 4.5 stars is because of the ending. Near the end, past and present meet in a "showdown" of sorts, but that's where it got REALLY confusing for me. It was like Young Marina and Marina; Young James and Old James; Young Finn and Finn. I didn't like that and I was like "which is which?" It was very confusing and kind of hard to understand at that point. The thing that sticks out to me the most in this novel is how interesting it is writing from two characters who are technically the same. Their knowledge of certain things is different. Like Em knows what's going on, but Marina's like "I need to figure out what's going on". It can be a bit hard because you're flipping between two minds with limited knowledge. It's also very interesting because the story could've probably sufficed with just Em's point of view. It was Marina's point of view that gave readers the chance to fall in love with the villain, even though he was the villain. But it wasn't dependent on just Marina as a character. The supporting characters were very important in helping the story progress. That's something that's happening less and less in YA. It isn't supposed to be the "Marina Show" and if it was, the reader won't feel any attachment to the characters and ultimately, just give up on the novel. The story itself is really good though. Cristin Terrill's writing was captivating, detailed and far from awkward. I really cannot believe this is a debut novel.
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bookittyblog More than 1 year ago
I struggled to finish this one and I’m not happy about that. The reviews were amazing so maybe that’s why I went in with high expectations. I should have known better. I thought that the premise of All Our Yesterdays was original. I might be wrong here, but I just don’t read too many time traveling books so I wouldn’t know if it was original or not. The beginning had me hooked. I wanted to know how, who, when and where! I was so excited. Em in the cell was a great beginning. I really liked her at that point of the book. She seemed like a really strong character. Oh, and the bad guys! I wanted to know more and more about them too. The doctor! Who is he? Why is he doing these bad things to Em? But in the end the answers to these questions were either disappointing or a little too late. If there’s one thing I hate is a pathetic main character. It sounds harsh, I know. But I don’t know how else to put it. The book actually has two main characters. Em and Marina (I won’t go into details because of spoilers). I liked Marina the least. I understand she is a teenager, but I couldn’t make myself like her. The way she would be all over James was kind of sad. The girl didn’t take a hint! Em in the other hand went from “she looks like she could kick some butt!” to “she’s gonna get her butt kicked!” The only thing in the book she had to do was to travel in time and complete a mission to save the future and she couldn’t do it. After the second time, she failed to do what she needed to do I knew that I had lost faith in her and the book. There’s some redeeming thing about the book like Finn, who was an incredibly real and sweet character. And the ending was unexpected. But, sadly I couldn’t look past the things that I didn’t enjoy.
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I did not think that this book would be so good when I picked it up. I was proved wrong. This book is fast paced and has twists and turns that will keep any reader on their feet.
Valette More than 1 year ago
 I haven't seen two main characters that fit together as well as Em and Finn do in a long time. Both perfectly capable of standing independently, their love was simple and unselfish. The course of the story yanked out their inner selves and spread them out for public perusal as they struggle with the ethics of what they intend to do. They compliment each other in a team willing to lay aside petty wishes for themselves in search of a safe future. Em and the Finn of the future both carried a deep seated grittiness, courtesy of the nightmare the future is -- quite different from the average, and perhaps slightly spoiled in one case, teenagers they were in the beginning of their journey. I enjoyed the jagged juxtaposition presented as the past and future characters lived out their timelines, reacting the same events in drastically different ways, but still being the same person. Their interactions posed several heavy questions and deep thoughts on what gives a person their identity and ends justifying means. Overall, the characters were well thought out and relateable. Characters: 4 Stars           What an incredibly addictive read! The whole book takes place over the course of only a few days as events seamlessly snap into place in nonstop plot. I must say I wasn't expecting quite the explosion this book is. Usually I find time travel books to be unrealistic and disappointing (because really if someone has such a powerful tool how can their lives have any problems?). But nothing could be further from the truth with this one! I appreciated that Cristen Terrill doesn't focus too much on the technical aspect of why time travel is possible in her world, but rather turns the readers' attention to the character development and intricate plot unraveling before our eyes and uses the time travel machine as only an accessory to the larger story. That's not to say that time isn't involved: This story is made of time jumps with a whole new take on paradoxes and non-linear timelines and just enough logic to ring true.  Plot: 4.8 Stars           Cristen Terrill has an almost brusque clearness to her writing that lends itself well to the brutal atmosphere of All Our Yesterdays.The book displayed professional and experienced prose with enough flair that I will be looking out for future books. Style: 4 Stars
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I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about All Our Yesterdays by author Cristin Terrill, but I personally was very excited to read it because it sounded a bit like a Doctor Who-ish sci-fi meets Allen Zadoff’s Boy Nobody. While there was no attractive Tardis using doctor (a la Matt Smith’s eleven) or a semi-emotionless boy assassin, All Our Yesterdays features time travel, the implications of our choices and shows characters with intertwined lives that are and aren’t their own. All Our Yesterdays starts with main character Em, a girl who has spent years in a military base with the love of her life in the cell next to her—both of then constantly being interrogated for the only information that has kept them alive thus far. Then Em discovers a note with a message: You have to kill him. It’s the last thing that Em wants to do but she has to if it means stopping the creation of a time machine that can save the world and herself from the war outside and the cruel doctor within the base. And so, Em and Finn (the boy from the cell next to hers), travel back in time to finish what has been started. Marina is madly in love with her neighbor and boy-genius James. He’s so hot that I imagined a young Jensen Ackles  attractive, brainy and loyal to those closest to him. All Marina wants is for him to fall in love with her and if she can get his annoying friend, Finn, to leave them both alone maybe she can finally make him notice how in love they are for each other. But things it’s suddenly looking like that will never happen. On the night that Marina plans to make things finally change a tragedy rocks James and his family and suddenly they’re in a hospital, being shot at and uncovering James’ brother’s dark secrets. Em will do whatever it takes to finish her instructions to herself: You have to kill him. And Marina will do whatever it takes to keep herself, James and the people around them safe. But both girls are fighting against each other and in the end only one of them can get what they want.  All Our Yesterdays was fantastic. I loved it to bits, every single chapters was just—ugh. I loved it so much. The novel started off with an intense dystopic feel that kept me addicted and unable to put the novel down. I was a bit concerned from the start that Terrill would be unable to set up the history and relationships that would make actually care about the characters but nope: I got attached to all of them almost instantly and by the end of the novel I was literally screaming and crying because of how real the characters all felt to me. The interactions and scenes are written amazingly by Terrill. They are detailed and filled with emotions that just make the characters interactions seem so real and make the scenes all the more powerful. Honestly, with every paragraph the scenes would just spring to life. Because of this, there was not only a lot of amazing plot development but also a lot of character development in the novel that had me (again) finish this novel in tears. The time travel and villains in All Our Yesterdays are both great and terrifying. Great because the time travel was realistic and described in a way that instantly made me believe it was real and terrifying because nobody should ever be allowed to time travel ever after what I’ve seen in All Our Yesterdays. As for the villains, you’ll never expect that one of the characters who you will instantly just fall in love with because of the way he’s physically described turns out to be one of the bad guys and just—the villains. You will not regret the villains. After crying my eyes out by the end of the novel, I would recommend All Our Yesterdays to readers who are looking for a descriptive, addictive read. Fans of sci-fi and romancer are going to eat up All Our Yesterdays. Readers who want a novel that gives you characters you will fall totally and absolutely in love with need to get reading this now.
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Someone caught in a tiny space, not knowing when or if they will ever be free again. That's the best way to start a story that I want to keep reading. Em our heroine finds herself in such a situation, confined in a cell. There are just so many unknown constantes in this equation, who is keeping her hostage, what did she do to get herself in there and how will she escape? It's the deperate search for a way out that always appeals to me on a very instinctive level. Seeing the main character caught in such a hopeless scenario is an immediate bonding guarantee for me. In the cell next to hers is a boy who we fast learn stars as leading male character and will make for a gorgeous love interest. With the looming threats of a mad scientist hunting them there isn't much time for romance so I even more savoured each scene piecing together their grand love story. Finn is one love interest who's worth a sleepless night equally spent reading and swooning. Finn and Em are so good together. They aren't trained agents or spies but they are just as bad-ass and determined. Being given a time frame of only a few days makes solving the puzzle and ending their task so much more urgent and thrilling. Em has to figure out the list she finds in her cell, written by her future self with some of the hardest decisions that will change her life forever. Destroy the life you know and work against another version of yourselves and friends to save the entire world. Working against your own past self has something very emotional and tricky about it. It's about the person you were and you could become in future if you just tried hard enough to change. Cristin Terrill wrote a story so complex and basically mastermind I'm sure she'll have countless fans by the time her second book comes out. The two different persons they are, Marina in the past and Em in the future, are in love with two different men. Finn and James. The (internal) character conflicts and love conflict proved to be very engaging and threw up a lot of questions. Every thing they change in the past makes the future even more unpredictable. It's like a never-ending (admittedly slightly confusing at times) mystery, a puzzle with endless pieces that needs to be solved. We are given information about the past, as Finn and Em are seeing their old selves living it in form of flash backs. And hints at what happens in the future if they fail, who has to suffer and who won't make it. This story works on so many different levels and is layered with so many emotions you better pick up a copy yourselves and make sure you don't miss Cristin's stunning debut. 5/5 ***** ALL OUR YESTERDAYS – A multidimensional quest of two teens set out to save the world, their future and themselves. Astonishing in its addictiveness, disarming in its time travel glory, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS will constantly have you pining for just one more page. I read ALL OUR YESTERDAYS expecting it to be a standalone and I really loved it. The story could've been wrapped-up in only one book but it definitely leaves room for more content. And I was so stoked when I found out there will be a sequel coming in 2014 because Cristin's characters Marina and Finn had grown on me so much I wouldn't want to let them go. Time can be a tricky thing and for all its endless possibilities it brings you love ALL OUR YESTERDAYS even more.
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majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
All Our Yesterdays was a roller coaster ride for me. It was crazy at first, and then I got used to it and started enjoying it more. I have never read a time travel book, and this one being my first, I did not expect this at all. I was so confused at first, you would have laughed if you saw my expression. I was so mad and annoyed because I needed this book to make sense for me NOW! I think I was about a hundred pages in until I finally understood everything and started enjoying the story. All Our Yesterdays is told from two point of views, from Em's and Marina's. Em is locked in a room where she is being somewhat tortured into giving these "documents" to a doctor whose name isn't mentioned. When she finds a list of instructions she wrote in a previous time, she understands what she has to do in order to prevent the creation of a time machine that has ruined the world. She has to "kill him", and that's her final choice.Marina's story was more interesting at first because it's the one that made sense for me, haha. Marina is about 16 years old, and is crushing on her neighbor, James. James is her childhood friend who is apparently a genius, and is working on his PhD at the age of 18.  We then learn how all of these characters are related, and that's when the story gets intense! Finn was one of my favorite characters in this book, and his relationship with Em was really cute! Like I said before, this was the first time travel book I read, and I LOVED it! It was so interesting, and I just couldn't stop reading and finding out more. Each and every character grew on me, and all of them felt special to me. The world building was great, and I felt like everything was well planned by the author. Time was a major factor of this book, and that's what made me worry about something not going as it was supposed to. A lot of stuff were kind of expected, but that didn't make me enjoy the book any less. Though that ending was HORRIBLE. I did not expect any of it, and I felt so shocked I couldn't believe what happened. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Thanks to this book, I will definitely be checking out other time travel books. Who thought that reading about time traveling would be this exciting? Not me! haha! 
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I am floored. Completely and utterly floored. This book contains so much awesome, I don't even know where to start. This review will have to be pretty vague because I definitely don't want to ruin anything. The twists and turns left me reeling and once my mind started to unravel what was going on, I was seriously dumbfounded like my boy Simon up there. I have found many stories about time travel are either hit or miss. Terrill's story is a hit all the way- she has done a fantastic job of making this story believable without bogging us down with all the 'hows' and 'whys'. The story starts off with Em, a girl who is being held in captivity by someone they call the Doctor. She is alone, save for the boy in the cell next to her, Finn. I liked Finn right away. Even in the bleakest of circumstances, he has managed to keep his humor about him. We can instantly tell he cares about Em and it turns out they were captured together. This gives us some enlightenment that they knew each other before their imprisonment. Having been held for 4 months for knowing information concerning some important documents about a time traveling machine, Em and Finn have both been tortured in order to find out the documents' location. The first thing I noticed about Em was her determination. She can't stop staring at the drain in her cell and knows she has to see what its inside. She will do whatever is necessary to figure out why she's so drawn to it and then prays the consequences do not end up killing her or Finn. What she discovers is mind-boggling. The fate of the world falls on her shoulders and with the help of Finn, the two must go back in time to stop the time traveling device from being created, as it has wreaked havoc on the world outside. In the drain she has found a list of her past failed attempts to do this along with a haunting sentence, "You have to kill him." Just as the pieces started coming together and I was understanding what was happening and what was at stake, Terrill not only switches protagonists on us, but she goes back in the past with another storyline! At first I was unhappy because I was so caught up with Em and Finn- I didn't want to be introduced to another character. If you're like me in that aspect- let me just say. Terrill has planned this PERFECTLY. It wasn't as difficult to get caught up in Marina's story as I thought- and then once you see how it all connects and intertwines... I. Was. FLOORED. I didn't make that connection at all. But gosh, once we do... I felt my heart start to break for these characters. Marina is a girl who is completely in love with her best friend James. She is completely blinded by it and it really takes over her life. I felt bad for Marina, because she just wants him to notice her and reciprocate her feelings. James is a bit of an awkward character- he is supremely intelligent and has been friends with Marina for a long time. She has been there with him and seen him at his lowest point and she just wants him to notice her. Upon finally returning home with his Congressman brother, she can't wait to see him and spend time with him. They had a moment before he left and now she wants to find out what that moment meant to him. Unfortunately, her plans are thwarted by James' other best friend, who constantly seems to be around, much to Marina's dismay. At first James' best friend irritated me because I wanted to see what would happen with Marina and James and he kept interrupting! Yet, the more I saw James and Marina interact, the more I started to question whether or not I really liked James' character. I didn't doubt that he cared for her, but I didn't see the romance really blooming there. Now, Finn and Em, I could see and I really liked them together. They have grown to depend on one another and have been each other's comfort during their difficult circumstances. The romance takes a backseat in this novel, but it is still present and I really loved it. At one point I was starting to worry as to whether or not there would be a love triangle for Em and I'm really glad there wasn't. There is another boy, but Em shows us that it is possible to love two people, but feel different kids of love for them. However, the relationships built in this book are the primary focus. This book is so much more than a survival story- it is a story about finding out what you can live with and what you cannot. It shows us that no road is never easy and while the solution may be clear as glass, there are always other factors to consider that fog up that glass. Em and Marina's characters are so very different from one another. We have two completely different girls- one has been hardened by all that she has seen and all that has happened to her and now has to depend on her determination to go back in time and fix what has been done. The other is so overwhelmed by her love for her best friend and only cares about him- getting him to notice her and then after a horrible accident, being the one he can depend and confide in. Out of both girls, we really see Marina's transformation the most and I ended up really liking her because she was forced to take off her rose-colored glasses and really see things for what they were instead of what she wanted them to be. Sigh. You guys. THIS book. It has become hands down become one of my favorite time traveling books. I did not know there would be a sequel, as the ending does wrap up nicely. I am so curious to hear what it will be about!