Synopsis: 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.
What I thought: All Our Yesterdays has been dubbed as the 'must-read novel of the year' and I honestly have to agree - This book has become my new favourite of 2013. It really has it all - betrayal, action, love, time-travel, even a bit of humor and of course, the twist at the end that you never saw coming! We switch points of view with Marina and Em, from the future to the past, which really give a greater insight into whats going on. Terrill writes so perfectly, revealing little bits of information at a time, which kept me hanging on wanting more. I fell in love with Em and Finn instantly, you can't help it. I mean, they're stuck in cells, being tortured for goodness sakes. Marina, however, I did not like. She was a silly, lovestruck bitch. Everything she said to Finn annoyed me. But as the story progresses, she goes through some serious character changes and in the end I loved her too. James was the character that you hated to love. He is so innocent, yet you know he is the reason Em and Finn end up locked up.
A serious of events cause a massive chain reaction, and we learn about these from both time periods, even with memories of future events. We watch Em struggle to kill the boy she once loved, and Marina deal with the scary changes in her best friends personality.
If you only read one book this year (and I really really hope you don't), make it this one!
The Good: Some of the smarter people might figure everything out fairly fast, but for me, each new reveal was a big shock! I love when stories do that!
The Bad: This is a stand-alone book, but I just want more more more!!