Title: All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrill
Publication: September 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Rating: 5 out 5

Synopsis: "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.


The plot

This dystopian-type book is about three friends Em (aka Marina), James, and Finn. James is a genius and figures out a way to create a time machine. He basically turns into an evil psychopath and tortures Em and Finn for something Em stole. Em finds a way to escape with Finn and jumps into the past to kill James in order for the dystopian future world to be moot.

Let's start with Em & Marina

The point of views are of Marina (known as Em in the future) as a 16 year old and 20 year old. Marina is desperately in love with James. They're childhood friends and she'll go to the depths of the earth to follow him. She's very weak minded and unsure of herself; it's stated by Em that Marina doesn't like who she is at that point in her life. Em on the other hand is strong-willed and cold. She was on the run from James and in that time lost her playfulness, youth, and innocents. It was very hard to read about how and why she became a disturbed adult. When Em is out of her cell and on the run with Finn it's her goal to kill younger James in order to stop the horrible future.

James (aka Doctor) - Marina's love interest

James is a very awkward individual. He has feelings for Marina but we don't really understand what kind. His big brother, who raised him, gets killed in the middle of a crowd and we see James turn into a confused boy, which eventually will turn into the Doctor. The Doctor is a nickname Em gives James when he starts torturing her for information. I really wanted to hate James for all of the stuff he did to Em, but when you take a look at younger James you can see his innocents. I'm on the fence about him. Sometimes I really loved him, and when he turns into the Doctor you just want to squeeze his guts out. *grunts*

Finn - Em's love interest

Once James goes rouge Finn and Em are hunted. Both of them flee together and a relationship starts to grow. I really liked Finn because of his background. He's very poor - Marina and James are a part of politician houses so they're rich - and tries to make the best of things. He gets as wounded as Em and that brings both of them closer.

The writing

Everything moved at a really fast pace; this is the type of book I like. It was hard for me to grasp that Em was Marina since it wasn't explained, but it would have been nice to know which is why I put it in this review. In this type of book I would think the romance would be forced, but it flowed very nicely. If you were to say "which team are you on?" I'd say Finn because he's the jokester and carefree type. James is uptight and doesn't really know how to act around people. Terrill was very good at writing both past and future together so it wasn't confusing or too much. Once Em is reunited with James it's easy to see the love she had for him; it can never be lost. I loved this book and recommend it!


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