"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.
I love Time Travel.
In fact, I have a theory that any story with time travel in it is better than almost any story that doesn't. The time travel might not always be well done. In fact, more often than not, the time travel doesn't even make sense in most tales. But all I need is a cleverly presented paradox, or cute quantum quirk and I can be completely sold on otherwise average story.
All Our Yesterdays is not hard-core sci-fi and it's time travel rules will NOT stand up to serious scrutiny but it does prove my theory whole-heartedly.
The time travel core instantly elevates the YA dypostian love-triangle story which is a genre as overdone as sexy vampires at this point! The time travel is critical for establishing great conflict and genuine stakes as past, present and future collide for our three main characters.
All I can say is that I wanted more, more, more!
The book opens with a notes from 14 past Em's detailing the 14 different ways they've tried to prevent time travel from being invented.
I would have happily read ALL 14 STORIES! And I'd have happy read them again with even more POVs, especially from the antagonists who I really wanted to know more about.
This is one case where the novel moving swiftly through the story was almost a let down - I just wanted more!
I'm thrilled that a sequel is currently being penned and I'm already giddy with possibilities despite the fact that All Our Yesterdays could be 100% self contained - no annoying cliff-hangers here!
Authors, this is how to start a series - write a great first book and make us actually WANT more!
I whole-heartedly recommend this to ANYONE who loves a good YA tale with a sci-fi lean.
Most importantly I recommend it to any YA romance readers to see a great example of a well handled and not-annoying love triangle!