"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 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 that 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.
©2013 Cristin Terrill (P)2014 Tantor
I would, with the rather large caveat that that person would need to be into a thriller/time travel/mystery offering, and not everyhone is.
No I have not. This was my first introduction to this author, and it was a moderately good first taste. That said, there is a definite need for a more aggressive editing process. There is some awkward dialogue, scene setting, and confusing( at least to me ) movement between the various charcters.
On balance, however, damn fine.
No one stood out, but most of them were strong. The main 3 characters, both versions, were well crafted.
As previously noted, it's more than abit messy, with some confusing story mixing in the final 3rd. That said, this is a fascinating story, and worth the credit.
I think I will listen to All Our Yesterdays again because it was such a fun adventure from the moment all the way to the end. I really connected with the characters and I enjoyed how the author effortlessly switched back and forth between the characters in the present and the characters in the past. Just the right mixture of action, adventure, drama, romance, suspense, sci-fi and love.
There really isn't anther time travel novel that has captured my attention and interest the way this novel has. I did enjoy listening to this book as much as I did Divergent.
She did a nice job of reading. Her voice is easy to listen too.
I enjoyed the ending. It wasn't a completely happy ending, but it wasn't a sad depressing ending. It is what had to happen, with a sprinkle of hope mixed in.
I hope this author writes another book - soon!
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I am not sure why this nice turn on time travel is listed in Mystery/Suspense because I think it would much better fit in Science Fiction since time travel isn't just a device in this book, it is central to the plot. And, although this couldn't qualify as hard science sci-fi, the scientific explanation of the time shifting methodology and paradoxes is handled with some decent logic. Since I don't read a lot of mystery, I am glad this book showed up on a Daily Deal or might not have seen it and I really enjoyed the book. Almost any specifics about this largely plot driven novel would be a spoiler so I will just say this story totally grabbed me. Cristin Terrill does a wonderful job of weaving together parallel past/future story lines and through most of the book she kept the shifting time lines in logical order and explained the time paradoxes well. Only two small criticisms: 1. After keeping the threads straight through the many plot convolutions, there was a glaring error in the ending, 2. There are at least 3 scenes in which a character could have taken immediate action to get the desired result, but paused (like a bad movie) to explain and then missed his/her opportunity. Meredith Mitchell's narration was well done and added to my enjoyment of the story.
All Our Yesterdays was an engaging read and I'd like to try more from Cristin Terrill.
I am partial to stories such as this one. My two favorite books of all time are 11-23-63 by Stephen King and Replay by Ken Grimwood. These books heavily rely on time travel throughout their story. All Our Yesterdays starts out strong, but quickly evaporates into a boring and uninteresting story. Even worse I had a hard time connecting with any of the characters. I didn't love any them or even hate any of them, they all felt vanilla. I did dislike the younger heroine Mariana, but just slightly. The combination of uninteresting characters, even the villains, along with a boring story set this book up for failure. I was close to giving this a one star review but I will reserve that ranking for a horrendous book. This is actually my first two-star rating, which should give you a litmus test that I am not inherently picky or fussy about books. The performance by Meredith Mitchell was excellent for the record.
Not sure, looking for a good fiction book.
All the characters were boring, even the villains.
There are no redeeming qualities to this book. The author, Cristin Terrill, can write well and has the potential to tell a great story. She should continue writing and hopefully create a story and characters that are more interesting. I have much more respect for a writer if they can create a character that I despise rather than a bunch of characters I have little emotional connection with.
Loved the story. Wasnt totally sold by the publisher summary but was desperate and couldnt find anything remotely interesting. Wow! I was floored, great story and very well done.
If at first you don't succeed.....
Meredith Mitchell deserves an award for narrating this without groaning or laughing. She did an excellent job with the material she had.Yes, I would listen to her work again- sorry I can't say the same for the author.....
I am in my 50's, but read many genres- including YA, and there's a lot of great YA out there. That said, I HATE whiny, indecisive heroines. It's a disservice to young readers to have Marina constantly saying how much she loved this guy who was clearly using her, as well as berating herself for being stupid, ugly, unlovable, etc.
When it ended, and I was out of my misery......
The premise was good, which is what interested me, but it wasn't well-executed and the ending was a mess.
If they somehow decide to make this into a film, I hope the screen writer puts some starch in both Em AND Marina's spines!
My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
Here are some phrases directly from the story: OH GOD-OH-GOD-OH GOD!! TOTALLY! I LIKE. OH MY GOD! I CAN'T BREATHE. I FORGOT TO BREATHE. YOU GET TO EMBRACE YOUR INNER HOTNESS. SHE RUINED HER FAVORITE TIGHTS. Are you getting the picture? This is total teen chick lit. Have you ever noticed that in chick lit, girls forget to breathe around hot boys?
With the exception of the bravado shown to torture, I have nothing against this book, as long as you know what you are getting into. I think young woman will love this book and it may introduce them to science fiction. All others need not apply. Audio has pushed this book hard, putting it in all their sales. How this got under Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense is mind boggling. It was a little confusing at times, to know when we were in the past and when we were remembering the past. The story construct was actually very good, but three and a half hours in, Jim The Impatient, was out, TOTALLY.
I do have a problem with teen books not showing torture for what it is. I do not think this is a subject to be trivialized.
I'm not sure...I went into it from a YA perspective but, even for a YA book it was weak, boring, and disappointing. Maybe for people with a lot of patience for irrelevant details and a painfully insecure heroine. If you liked Twilight, you might like this.
Nothing by this author.
Bad material hurts.
There was a 30 minute scene on our "heroine" getting ready for a school dance. She also talked about how "disgusting" she was for eating ice cream.....okay. Her constant denigration of herself was unecessary. By the time I called it quits, I was agreeing with her that she was "pathetic" "disgusting" "unlovable"....UGH!
Don't buy it. The concept and set up was so interesting....and then it just got whiney and terrible. Less angst and more story!
No, not if I wanted to keep them as a friend.
Insisted that it be listed as a novel for 'young adults' and not as a mystery or adventure novel.
It didn't put me to sleep.
I wouldn't even rent the dvd
It only cost me $4.99 so I don't feel entirely ripped off.
A different book.
This book should have been labeled as juvenile fiction for teenage girls, instead of science fiction. I regret having paid anything for it, but regret more having wasted my time listening to it.
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