Thursday, 1 August 2013

Book Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn't happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture - being kept apart, overhearing each other's anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There's no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It's from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that's about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

There is a high possibility that my review for All Our Yesterdays will be a little vague, not because I have nothing to say about it, I could probably talk about this book all day, but because even the smallest most innocent sentence would ruin this book for others and this is a book that must not be ruined.

This is a terribly smart book; it is full of twists and turns, surprises and shocks. It was

unbelievably gripping and I struggled to put it down. This is a book made to confuse you, it wants to hold its secrets close to its chest, wants to keep you guessing and it does so effortlessly.

I cannot talk much about the plot or characters without giving too much away. I will say that the characters are not always what they seem that they are not always likeable. On many levels this book is about growing up, about finding out whom and what you are. The characters change and grow throughout the book so my opinions about them changed a lot.

The first quarter and the last quarter was some of the best young adult science fiction I have ever read but in the middle it slowed down a little too much for me. That was my only issue with this book.

All Our Yesterdays is a great book, it is brilliantly written and imaginative. The science fiction and action elements were breath taking; it was also beautifully romantic in parts. 

Another addition to the must read books of 2013.

5 Stars

Published August 1st 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens & Published September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion.  Book was provided for free for review.  Images courtesy of Goodreads

Review by Kate Phillips



  1. I'm really excited for All Our Yesterdays, and so glad you liked it! It sounds pretty amazing to me. I love a good science fiction book, especially with ones with twists and turns. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. I loved this one too! And I had the exact same problem when I wrote my review, lol. It's so hard to say anything without spoiling the book! Great review.


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