"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.
Strangely enough I have seen couple of movies where time machine was invented and that concept is old enough, but I haven't read the book with it. Or at least I can't remember. Here everything starts with Em and Finn, who are in prison and have to suffer the torture. Em knows what she must do and that would mean killing part of her past and part of herself. The one that she pushes back. Later the story changes and we switch to another narrator Marina. She is a girl who is in love with her best friend - James. They grew up together and for some reasons he had to leave for some time. After coming back he sees Marina in a new way and everything starts to sound ideal, but not for long. Soon James' life starts to fall apart and he becomes part of something even bigger than himself.
While story takes turns from Em to Marina things slowly start to wrap up and the whole story gets bigger meaning. Everything then starts to build up and you see the whole picture and realize that time machine can do more than we could ever imagine. Until the end when everything culminates into the final conflict.
Being unique and original for sure places this book high on my rating chart. This book plays with my mind and some ideas that were unimaginable here are presented. I'm still not sure how to feel about it. Only problem for me was that I couldn't feel some moments, but at the other hand this book is full of action so it's also understandable. All in all, it was a great read packed with action and unique plot.
Rating: 4 stars.
Until the next time,
***NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided by published, Disney Hyperion, via NetGalley. Thank you.
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