Title: All Our Yesterdays (Cassandra Chronicles #1)
Author: Cristin Terrill
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date:September 3rd 2013
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"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.
All Our Yesterdays is one of the best books I've read this year, it´s very well written and the story got me hooked from the start and I really could not stop reading this wonderful book. I haven´t read many books about time travel, but the plot is great, I was sufficiently intrigued to want to know more about the story.
The story is told from the point of view of Em , she is a girl who at the beginning of the book is trapped in a military base, she´s been tortured and her captors want to know where did she hid the stolen documents and she refuses because there aren´t guaranties that they´re going to let her live after they´ve what they want. And mean while in the next room is Finn, her partner and friend, they were captured together and he´s captive for the same reason that Em. For months Em has been obsessed with a drain and when she finally open it she finds a list written by her in which there is a list of things that she has already done to try to change the past and that only one option left ... is that she has to kill him. So with those instructions Em and Finn manage to escape and travel to the past determined to kill "him", because it is their only option to have a different future.
And on the other hand we have Marina´s POV, she´s a girl living four years before Em´s time (or the present ) and she´s in love with her best friend James and she has finally decided to confess her feelings, but before this happen something happened that change their life and she gets dragged into a situation for which she wasn´t ready but she is willing to do anything to help James.
And my favorite supporting characters is Finn, he´s the love interest and best friend of Em, he strongly supports their mission to assassinate the "doctor ", who is the villain of the story. Finn is a easy to love character, he likes to joke to lighten the mood and is very supportive of Em.
Overall, All Our Yesterdays is an action packed novel with suspense, intrigue, betrayal, and a little bit of romance, with a bittersweet ending but it could not have ended any other way. The only detail that I find is that I thought that it was a standalone, but it seems that there will be a Duology, which at this moment I don´t see the point because the book ended very well, but I know that I´m going to reading it anyway. I highly recommend you read it, if you like time travel novels.
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
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