All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Disney Hyperion | Hardcover, 360 pages
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Where Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone focused on the romance, this one did its best to explain the manner of which time traveling works. It made for a sometimes confusing read that had me entertaining the thought of quitting right around the middle. And while I like the effort that she’s put through simplifying the mechanics of it all, I found out that scientific explanations – even ones that are not too exhaustive – can get daunting. Don’t get me wrong; I’m baffled as well. Many times I’ve whined about the lack of explanation necessary for readers to understand the book better. Yet, here I am contradicting myself… again.
To be honest, my interest waned a little bit at a time as I got deeper into the story. I’m not sure if it has to do with where I was (on vacation) but I had a hard time keeping my focus. Part of the problem too was that Em kept on stalling and failing to do what needed to be done. It was frustrating to have to constantly dampen down the urge to scream at a character because she knew, in her heart, what she had to do but just wouldn’t do it. I do get that her hesitation is due to her past relationship with the doctor, but knowing that didn’t stave off my annoyance.
Regardless of that hiccup, this book still has the corner on originality. It starts in the future and works its way to the past, specifically the overlapping of time and the events that would lead to the jarring statement from Finn that Em agreed to whole-heartedly.
“You have to kill him,”
That’s the crux of brilliance of this book, in my opinion. The identity of who they must kill and the final showdown. I love that she wrote this book in two perspectives, which basically is one character but of two different time periods; one character but two different personalities. Props to the author for pulling that off – to be able to differentiate the two in one novel takes talent.
The level of suspense rose up to a nail-biting peak and readers would have to exercise their analytical mind to process how each of their trips to the past have changed the future. Terrill didn’t really do much in that department but rather than complain about it, I’m truthfully grateful; it’s not too often that a book actually had me thinking and re-thinking about certain events that enabled me to use my imagination further.
With its mind-blowing twists and turns and well-paced action sequence, this time-travel book will get your heart pumping at a steady pace. Terrill managed to pull off a complicated storyline in nearly flawless fashion. The romance though, one of those all-consuming type, was deceptively subtle. To be honest, I hardly paid it any attention. Everything else pretty much took up most of my interest.