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All Our Yesterdays Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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All Our Yesterdays is one of the most astonishing debuts I have read so far this year. A real nail-biting and mind-bending, time-warping adventure that will have readers everywhere on the edge of their seats! I LOVED it! (Fiction Fascination)
The ending kind of blew my mind, and I love how it all wrapped up. This is a heart-pounding, fast-paced sci-fi/dystopia with FEELS (Winged Reviews)
Cristin Terrill's mind-bending thriller is intense, clever and achingly romantic. This is time-travel as it should be - exciting and completely unpredictable. A definite must-read (Realm of Fiction)
Powerful, fearless and oh so clever, this is a stunning debut from a bright new talent. I can't wait to see what Terrill writes next (Tanya Byrne, author of Heart-Shaped Bruise and Follow Me Down)
Absolutely incredible!. . . Undeniably one of the best novels I've ever read (Once Upon a Bookcase)
All Our Yesterdays had me hooked from the start and took me on a heart-pounding, fast-paced dystopian adventure. I haven't cared for characters' survival this much since The Hunger Games - Em and Finn completely won me over and the ending absolutely blew my mind! (Winged Reviews)
One of the best debuts I've read in a long time. All Our Yesterdays is an unputdownable riot of action, adventure, time travel and romance from start to finish, and is not to be missed (Daisy Chain Books)
Definitely one of the strongest debut novels I've ever seen . . . You simply MUST get your hands on this book or die trying! (Narratively Speaking)
It has the most mind-blowing plot I've ever read . . . A cinematic gem just waiting to be picked up (Serendipity Reviews)
It's no exaggeration to say that this is the must-read book of the year. Whether you've got to beg, borrow or steal a copy, I implore you to get your hands on it . . . this book will keep you up all night reading, as well as the night after that when you'll be re-reading it all over again (A Dream of Books)
Definitely one of the best books of 2013, and possibly one of the best sci-fi YA books ever (Ink Scratchers)
Absolutely unmissable. For all those out there who want something ORIGINAL, pick this up because it will blow you away (Falling Books)
Possibly the most addictive book I've read this year (Becca Fitzpatrick, author of New York Times bestseller HUSH HUSH)
Characters and a storyline so unique it will blow your mind! A timeless tale on change, loss, love, family, trust and time travel! READ it! (Guardian)
One of the BEST TEEN BOOKS OF 2013. Powerful emotional relationships and tight plotting in this debut mark Terrill as an author to watch (Kirkus)
The most page-turningly addictive, brilliantly plotted debut you'll read this year, packed with romance, action, conspiracy and a mind-bendingly clever plot, it's The Hunger Games with a dash of Doctor Who, only much sexierSee all Product description
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I felt Em/Marina and Finn were great characters, and I really grew to care about them. James, the third central character, was also very interesting, though I didn't always feel the differences between past James and future James were quite believable. The pace kept up well throughout, and I was always anxious to know what happened next.
I only have a couple of complaints. Firstly, I would have actually liked it to be longer, to read some more about Em and Finn's previous missions, perhaps to have a plotline with another version of Em. Secondly, the ending is not great. I don't think it makes sense at all, even taking into account the laws regarding paradoxes that are set up in the rest of the book. There was an opportunity for a really powerful ending here, and I think the author wimped out a bit.
The dramatic start instantly grabs attention - Em and Finn at the mercy of the sinister Doctor and sadistic guard Kessler (he with a face "like the smoldering of a doused fire"). The likeable two are destined for much suffering, physical and emotional. How will they cope interweaving with younger versions of themselves? Relationships become complicated. Surely Em and Finn are meant for each other, but what hope for him when Em meets again the love of her life, handsome neighbour James?
Some of the revelations may be anticipated by alert readers, others to come as a complete surprise. Everything is cleverly achieved, never more so than in a climax calculated to make the mind reel - two versions of the main participants confronting each other, the outcome anybody's guess.
Admittedly it is hard to credit the world changed so much in just four years, but such thoughts should not spoil enjoyment. Welcome here a great adventure, which mainly manages to avoid the possible pitfalls of time-travel novels: lengthy explanations, scientific mumbo jumbo, paradoxes, etc., etc.
Full concentration is needed, but amply repaid. Rest assured Cristin Terrill knows exactly what she is about, complications handled with awesome expertise.
As main characters go, Em was pretty fantastic. At the beginning of the book she is stuck in a cell, being tortured and having a pretty crap time of it. She is extremely strong, determined and pretty kick ass at the same time. Em is also really mature and after having to deal with a lot, she's had to grow up really quickly. Along with Finn, she must deal with the past but after many attempts, there is only one option left. Unfortunately for Em, this option pulls at her heart strings and forces her to deal with people from her own past.
Terrill brings together the characters from the past and present in such a fantastic way. The plot makes it possible to see how each character has changed over time and also what made them change. Marina in particular starts out as a quiet young and naïve girl wrapped up in her own world but she soon comes to realise that there is more out there to be worried about than boyfriends and dresses. This all happens quite slowly, due to the flitting between the past and the present. Little snippets about each character are revealed throughout and it was nice to see little changes over time. I loved the character development in this book and the author really did seem to think of everything when it came to this.
Terrill has not only created such fantastic characters but also one hell of an exciting world. The differences between the same world in both past and present settings all become clear once the plot does. Some events have a larger impact than some but everything helps to result in the world that Em and Finn live in... which is not a good one. One aspect of the book is full of expense and lavish lifestyles while the other is grimier and very rough. The excitement comes from how the world has changed and the problems that the characters face. Think car chases, guns and secrets on top of secrets.
It's quite hard to describe what is so good about this book without giving away major plot twists. Overall though, Terrill has written an amazing debut novel full of suspense, action and sweet romance. I cannot wait to read more from this author.