All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

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. 

  • You won't be disappointed, Candace. I hope you'll be able to read it soon. 🙂

  • This is one that I'm excited to read, I really love time travel even though it can be complicated and hard to wrap my head around. I'm definitely eager to see how this one is pulled off though!

  • Thanks, Lisa. It was touch and go there for a while, but over all, I liked it. 😉

  • Well, two suggestions are good enough for me! Thanks, Sarah. 😉

  • This is actually a heavier version of Tempest. It's deceptively dark.

  • I loved, loved, LOVED this book!! But I can see where you're coming from as well. I'm glad you overall really enjoyed it! 🙂

  • By reading your review, this book reminds me of Tempest by Julie Cross. Looking forward on reading this book Joy! Great review as usual 🙂

    ~Jay
    We Fancy Books

  • I have to agree with Evie's suggestion of WWW by Robert Sawyer. It's a great series that makes the science pretty easy to follow. It somehow manages to not feel outdated, even though it's a couple years old.

  • Ohhh I have to check him out. I'm always looking to read more from a Canadian author. Thanks for the recommendation, Evie!

  • This is definitely one of the books I have to pick up before the end of this year. I just have to. I love sci fi themed stories, with time travel, alternative realities and whatnot. I do get how too much scientific explanations could slow down the pacing and kind of put you off, but I do like my stories well explained and grounded in reality. If you enjoy sci-fi themed stories, Joy, I highly recommend WWW Trilogy by Robert Sawyer. It's an adult series, but a totally brilliant one. I loved it, seriously. Plus, he's a Canadian writer so the book is full of Canadian trivia and jokes 🙂 AND – most importantly – the scientific info he includes it's not boring at all, super interesting!

    Great review!! 🙂

  • Finn was something else. 😉 So sweet! Thanks, Carina.

  • Thanks, Maja. Glad you loved it more than me. I guess it just caught me at a bad time. Lol.

  • I think you will survive it all, Rachel! 🙂

  • I do believe you will, Mel. It caught me at a time when I was being lazy – too lazy to pay attention. Enjoy it!

  • Thanks, Shane!

  • I hope you'll have the chance to read it, Melliane. It certainly didn't have a great start but it turned out great anyway.

  • Great review Joy 🙂 I'm glad you enjoyed it, even though you didn't fully love it. But ohh. Didn't you just love Finn? <3 I focused mostly on him, hih. Though I too thought the plot was all kinds of awesome. Thank you for sharing your honest review. <3

  • I had a bit more luck with this one, but I'm still ready to agree with you on everything you pointed out. And yes, in the end, the brilliance of it was in the identity of the person that needed to be dealt with, and the two narrators who kept things interesting.
    Overall, this was a good enough read for me, but I wouldn't put it on my 'excellent' pile.

  • Wonderful review, Joy! I have this one too. I'm a little afraid to pick it up, though, because I'm scared of the ending, I hope it's happy. Hmm…

  • I like the sound of the scientific explanations, even when it made you struggle with the book. I hope I'll like them better 🙂 I love it when authors put much work into the background. Yeay for two perspectives!

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

  • Great review. I really want to read this one soon.

  • It sounds great! I think I saw this one somewhere but don't remember where…