Wednesday, April 9, 2014

All Our Yesterdays: Review


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.


All Our Yesterdays starts with Em imprisoned in a cell, with her love Finn beside her. And she has a mission that her previous selves tried to do: go back to the past, kill the guy who will soon become her worst nightmare, her torturer -- the pre-doctor. It links with Marina's story in an unexpected and thrilling way, and the story wouldn't end without huge sacrifices.

Em and Marina are pretty much two very different person on the surface. Em has a hard core and will do everything to save the world even if it means doing something that will certainly break her heart. Marina is a softie. But they share a very important common attitude: they're both very protective to those she loves. And that's why I love both Em's and Marina's story. I have to say, though, that Em's story is so much badass and better than Marina's story, and you will see why, once you know the connection between the two of them.

The whole book is filled with action, heartbreak, mystery and bittersweetness. This book always gets brutal, because there will be blood, and there will be murder. Marina and her friends are trying to figure out who killed Nate, while Em is on a race to kill someone Marina holds dear before the doctor catches her. It's a race that will end with blood and pain. The bittersweetness though... you will know what I'm talking about when you actually read the book because I couldn't tell you without giving too much away.

There are just two tiny flaws: 1) The director is such a lousy villain. Big cliche villain speech? Seriously? Even Disney cartoon characters aren't that dumb. 2) Marina's story is slow at first, so you might get bored, but once you figure things out, the whole story is a lot more interesting than you thought. 

Pretty much everything is so awesome in this book. It's one of the best time-traveling books I've ever read. It's masterfully plotted, and the whole story is infuse in great emotions. I really love the book. It will be a pity if you don't try this out.

Now I have two questions. 1) What is the deal with the director? and 2) how is the story going to continue when a certain someone is quite dead? I'm curious about the sequel, and August couldn't come soon enough.

Rating: 8.5/10

P.S. Can I just hug the book and love it please? This is so good!

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