Review: ‘All Our Yesterdays’ by Cristin Terrill

Review: ‘All Our Yesterdays’ by Cristin TerrillAll Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Series: All Our Yesterdays #1
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Published by Disney Hyperion on 2013-09-03
Format: Hardcover
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What would you change?

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, 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.

While the synopsis for All Our Yesterdays seems quite lengthy and as if it might cover everything that happens in the book, it doesn’t even come close to properly describing the book. Of course, that’s because it’s best to start reading this book knowing as little as possible.

That said, the extent of what I can write in this review is extremely limited. So much of what I want to share about the book is wrapped up in a snowball of spoilers! I guess that just means you all have to read the book to know all of the shocking plot details! But there are some things I can talk about — mostly more general elements of the book.

All Our Yesterdays is chock-full and brimming over with action! No part of the plot ever really seemed slow, as some sort of shoot-out/car chase/espionage always seemed to be going down. The book was pretty hard to ever put down, and by the end the action and suspense had made me into an emotional ball of nerves!

In fact, it seems like this book would make a great movie (Hollywood, take note!). The pacing is on par to that of a good action film, so there would be not problem in making the movie adaptation. But more importantly, a movie could make a clearer visual representation of some of the more confusing parts of the book. Because the book takes place in both the past, future, and an ever-changing present (because of the time machine mentioned in the synopsis!) and is told through different perspectives (Em and Marina), it sometimes is difficult to immediately distinguish what is happening; a movie could easily portray these differences.

An added (good) surprise was that All Our Yesterdays is set in and around D.C.. Since I’ve lived near D.C. for quite a while now, if was fun to recognize places mentioned in the book, and to be able to imagine where some of these crazy car chases and shootouts were taking place!


View of Georgetown taken from the Kennedy Center balcony.

To sum it up,  All Our Yesterdays is well-written, “brilliantly plotted,” and really examines what affects who a person becomes. Are some events in our lives key to determining who we are? Or are we mostly destined to become who we are no matter what happens? It really made me think.


Action-packed and full of plot twists, I could not put this down!

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia Gray

Waiting On Wednesday: ‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia GrayA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #1
Genres: Sci-Fi, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-11-04
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Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spinethat spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Okay — while practically EVERYTHING about A Thousand Pieces of You demands that I get this book as soon as possible, first, LOOK AT THAT COVER. Such gorgeous colors and a watercolor background to boot. But of course, most importantly, the London and Moscow skylines (!!!)!  I love Travel Lit, and I’m hoping that even more foreign places will be featured in this book.

And don’t forget the synopsis.

“Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy…”

Could this get any better? David Leviathan’s Every Day, aka a romance with a Sci-fi twist and Cloud Atlas, a stunning movie set in different places all over the world in different times (Yes, I’ll admit I haven’t read the book) sounds like a recipe for success. I know these book comparisons are made all the time and are not always right, but in the case of A Thousand Pieces of You, I supremely hope it is.

Throw in parallel universes and it’s all over. If this book were available for purchase now, I would have bought it, like, yesterday. Which is the highest form of praise a book can receive from me, as I borrow almost every single book I read from the library. But it won’t be out until November…whyyy??? I need this! (Publishers, take note.)

So if you’re a fan of Sci-fi or Travel Lit like me, you’d better be adding this to your Goodreads shelf or to-be-read list. Or, you know, even if you’re just a fan of the cover. I won’t judge. 😉

Lina :)xx

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