What is All Our Yesterdays about?
>>> Kill the past to save your future <<<
YESTERDAY: Marina was safe, privileged, wealthy. She was falling for James─the super-brainy youngest son of a very powerful family. Yesterday ended badly.
TODAY: Em is in a cell she may never get out of alive. There’s a flicker of hope when she talks to the boy in the cell next to hers─and when she remembers who she used to be … Yesterday.
TOMORROW: Em has a mission. She must escape and travel back in time. She must kill the boy Marina loved─to save her future.
Source of blurb: taken from the book’s cover
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller
Trigger warning: Suicide
This is the first YA book about time travel that I have read. I was never inspired to read one before. Something about them just put me off. Maybe it was because of all the confusing time travel movies I watched, which hurt my brain because things just didn’t make logical sense when I thought about it for too long. But this book piqued my interest and I decided to give it a try. And I was happy I did.
All Our Yesterdays had an interesting opening that grabbed my attention. And then the plot continued to pull me along at a fast pace. There was lots of action, a real sense of danger, and nail biting concern for the main characters. The clever way in which the story is written keeps you guessing and constantly trying to piece together the clues from the past and the future until you can see a clear picture of what actually happened to these characters. This book did have some sad moments though. I normally don’t enjoy books that are too sad but even in the sad moments the story kept me gripped and wanting to find out what happens next.
The author also does not shy away from bringing up the hard questions that tend to arise when dealing with time travel but instead tackles them head on. Toward the end, though, some time travel stuff did go down that my brain is still trying to wrap itself around, but I guess it goes with the territory.
This book also helped me to work through some issues I had after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I really enjoyed Maas’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but when I got to the end of the book I was left with an uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. I felt uncomfortable with the underlying message in the story that the ends justify the means, that it’s okay to hurt one person for the good of the many. But that’s another reason why I loved All Our Yesterdays so much because it deals very brilliantly and skilfully with exploring this exact topic. I think anyone who reads A Court of Thorns and Roses would really benefit from reading this book as well.
FAQ: Is All Our Yesterdays a series?
I read on Cristin Terrill’s website that when she wrote All Our Yesterdays,
“it was as a standalone novel with series potential”.
There was lots of talk about her working on a sequel, but unfortunately the sequel idea didn’t work out. Cristin said:
“I would rather let you down with no sequel than with a bad sequel … If I couldn’t give you one truly awesome, I’d rather not give you one at all, and I hope you understand.”
I admire her honesty. And I, for one, am happy for it to remain as a standalone.