All Our Yesterdays
By Cristin Terrill
Publication date: Sept. 3, 2013
Disney Hyperion, 368 pages
“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 the day he moved next door when 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. Now someone is trying to kill him. 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.
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.
— Goodreads.com description
Time travel! Murder! Love triangles! What’s not to like here?
The description may say it, but it’s true: All of Our Yesterday by Cristin Terrill really is brilliantly plotted. This time travel story is very scientific and technical, so the flashbacks, flashforwards and “world building” behind it all was confusing at first. But as you get through it, it’s clearly well thought out and beautifully realized.
And, oooh, the romance! I enjoyed this bit. Not the love triangle — that was icky. But the romance that was the CLEAR WINNER of the love triangle was nice.