All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Target audience: Young adult
Genre: Science fiction
Keywords: time travel, politics, best friends, romance
Format read: eBook from NetGalley via Publisher. (Thanks!)
Summary: Em and Finn have run out of all possible options when it comes to destroying a time machine that they know has made the world a dark and dismal place. All Our Yesterdays alternates between past and present as the two converge together to bring truths (the painful and the triumphant) to love, friendship, and the future of the world.
In order to prepare yourself for reading All Our Yesterdays, I suggest you 1) have a book buddy on hand who has read it before you (Sasha from Sash and Em was mine) because you are going to have a lot to WTF about and 2) an undisclosed amount of time (even if it is on a street corner near your grocery store) to read this book as close to straight through as you can.
There are very few things I can say here without revealing too much of the brilliant plot secrets contained within this book. What I will tell you is this: there is a Dawson/Joey/Pacey vibe rooted in this story, it’s okay to reread paragraphs until you understand the smallest of details because Terrill has intricately (and painstakingly) made her story feel so real even down to the most scientific explanations, and third of all: your brain might explode a little bit because the emotional and physical impact of reading as two time periods are lined up and brought head-to-head? Hard to fathom.
Time is a funny thing. There are some of us that are so accepting of its whims, but there are others who are obsessed with the past. “If I could change one little thing, that tiny tiny thing, everything would be alright.” You’ve heard it before. I read about it previously in the fantastic 11/22/63 by Stephen King this year. Even though King’s book and Terrill’s are totally different, the sentiment felt similar to me and just as scary and just as heartbreaking. Because changing even one little thing, even if it makes it better for you, affects countless more than you can even imagine. So think about a machine that was created from the best intentions to change the world for the better and all of it just blowing up in your face; how a beautiful person can turn so ugly because of power and those good intentions.
Terrill has done an amazing job of telling such an epic story. All Our Yesterdays started a little slow for me and I wished there was more dialogue throughout the novel, but otherwise, it is completely addicting and so well plotted, that I’m anxious to reread it from the beginning and discover those details I may have missed the first time around. So even though science fiction isn’t a genre I frequent a lot, I know a good story is what is important when reading and THIS is a good story from all angles: the intrigue, the suspense, the romance, and the enormity of having the future of the world on your shoulders (whew, it makes me feel tense all over again just thinking about it).