Author: Cristin Terrill.
Published: August 1st 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Sort: Part one of ‘All our yesterdays’
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn't happened yet. Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture - being kept apart, overhearing each other's anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There's no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It's from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that's about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.
First I want to say: Don’t hit me Debby ;) I tried, but this book failed to impress me. I liked it, that’s for sure, but I wasn’t blown away. I honestly thought I’d like this book much more than I did.. I think it's because of my disconnection with the characters. If you are able to do that, I think you're up for a very good book!
We are immediately thrown into the story. Em and Flinn are locked away and are terrified for the person they call ‘Doctor.’ He wants to know the location of some documents, but they clearly aren’t willing to give it to him. When Em finds a paper, everything points out that they’ve escaped and tried to stop this from happening over and over again. This might be their last chance.
The story often switches back to the POV of Marina. I loved seeing these flashbacks, because it makes the story and everyone’s choices easier to understand. I admired the way Cristin used these two POV’s and how the stories entwined in the future. Em/Marina are so different and that shows her development in a fun way. The downside was that I absolutely didn't like Marina. I thought she was a bit shallow, whiny and naïve. Em and Flinn are adorable together. I loved their chemistry and it was fun to see how their relationship started in the flashbacks. I was rooting for them and that was an enjoyable aspect of this book. But, I didn't care for them as an individual. I couldn't fully connect with them.
I think another problem for me was the fact is that there weren't any surprising twists. This book could have used a shocking revelation. I must say that Cristin did a great job on the time-travel, but I have this annoying habit of overthinking. This makes time-travel always a strange thing I can’t understand, but her creation wasn't that hard.
This book does shine with it's ending. It was intense! Despite the fact that I didn't connect with Em & Flinn like I wanted, I was starting to fear for them. I like the complex villain and seeing how he changed into that person. It's strange how people we knew our whole life can change in an entirely different person.