“What would you change?
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 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, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. 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. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.“
– Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13514612-all-our-yesterdays)
I always hesitate before tackling a book that involves time-travel. It’s such a daunting concept for me, with so many ramifications, that if I start thinking too much about it, I get a headache. However, after reading so many good things about All Our Yesterdays, I took a deep breath and decided to give it a try. As I already expected, the beginning was quite confusing, until I figured out who was who and who was when. And then, came the theories about time-travel. Those, I took for granted and didn’t really stop to consider them.
It was an average read for me, to be honest. The plot was interesting, and so were the characters. But for some reason, I didn’t really become invested in this book. Out of the two POVs, I liked the one set in the present (or future?) best. I did miss getting some actual information on what happened to the versions of the characters that failed. I mean, did all of the attempts to change the past lead to the same outcome? I find that a bit difficult to accept/understand. As for Em and Marina, I liked Em best. Marina had her qualities, sure, but Em is a survivor, while Marina begins the book with nothing special about her: her parents are absent; she has a crush on a boy…
I’m not going to say anything about the ending for two reasons: first, I obviously don’t want to spoil anything. Second, I wasn’t able to really figure out what happened. When I finished the book, I have to confess that I felt a little stupid for not really getting the consequences.
I know there’s a sequel coming out soonish, but I don’t think I’ll be picking it up.
Rating: 3 out of 5