Thursday, August 29, 2013

BOOKANSITAS: All Our Yesterdays

"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.

I'm pretty tired of the same ol' same ol' books/plots that I keep on encountering. I was hoping this one would be different, but really I had little expectation aside from dystopian + time travel. Boy, was I wrong. This book is very different from what is out there, and just so fresh and such a treat to read! The plot moves along at a breakneck pace, and these are characters you truly care about. ALL of them, even the evil ones. I love when a book can make me care so much about the villain, and this one totally pulled it off. The relationships here are deep and complex and REAL. 

I also love time travel that explains itself well. I wasn't ever confused about how this time travel worked or was possible at all. And if a book is going to be about a future that sucks, I really care more about the characters than the world, and that's what we got here. Fantastic character development with the characters as the focus. This book was different and unexpected in all the right ways, and I can't wait for everyone else to experience it!

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