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A brilliantly brain-warping thriller and a love story that leaps back and forth in time - All Our Yesterdays is an amazing first novel, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games. 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 ...show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 300g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Bloomsbury Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408835193
  • 9781408835197
  • 66,924

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All Our Yesterdays is one of the most astonishing debuts I have read so far this year. A real nail-biting and mind-bending, time-warping adventure that will have readers everywhere on the edge of their seats! I LOVED it! Fiction Fascination The ending kind of blew my mind, and I love how it all wrapped up. This is a heart-pounding, fast-paced sci-fi/dystopia with FEELS Winged Reviews Cristin Terrill's mind-bending thriller is intense, clever and achingly romantic. This is time-travel as it should be - exciting and completely unpredictable. A definite must-read Realm of Fiction Powerful, fearless and oh so clever, this is a stunning debut from a bright new talent. I can't wait to see what Terrill writes next Tanya Byrne, author of Heart-Shaped Bruise and Follow Me Down Absolutely incredible!... Undeniably one of the best novels I've ever read Once Upon a Bookcase All Our Yesterdays had me hooked from the start and took me on a heart-pounding, fast-paced dystopian adventure. I haven't cared for characters' survival this much since The Hunger Games - Em and Finn completely won me over and the ending absolutely blew my mind! Winged Reviews One of the best debuts I've read in a long time. All Our Yesterdays is an unputdownable riot of action, adventure, time travel and romance from start to finish, and is not to be missed Daisy Chain Books Definitely one of the strongest debut novels I've ever seen ... You simply MUST get your hands on this book or die trying! Narratively Speaking It has the most mind-blowing plot I've ever read ... A cinematic gem just waiting to be picked up Serendipity Reviews It's no exaggeration to say that this is the must-read book of the year. Whether you've got to beg, borrow or steal a copy, I implore you to get your hands on it ... this book will keep you up all night reading, as well as the night after that when you'll be re-reading it all over again A Dream of Books Definitely one of the best books of 2013, and possibly one of the best sci-fi YA books ever Ink Scratchers Absolutely unmissable. For all those out there who want something ORIGINAL, pick this up because it will blow you away Falling Books Possibly the most addictive book I've read this year Becca Fitzpatrick, author of New York Times bestseller HUSH HUSH Characters and a storyline so unique it will blow your mind! A timeless tale on change, loss, love, family, trust and time travel! READ it! Guardian One of the BEST TEEN BOOKS OF 2013. Powerful emotional relationships and tight plotting in this debut mark Terrill as an author to watch Kirkusshow more

About Cristin Terrill

Cristin Terrill lives in Washington D.C. with one dignified cat and one deeply ridiculous one. She works in the theatre, holds what she says is the world's most pretentious post-grad degree and bakes a mean margarita cupcake. All Our Yesterdays is her first novel, and she's currently writing her second. cristinterrill.comshow more

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Wow, this book man. I couldn't stop reading it! Seriously, I was sitting sloth like in a nest of duvet, crisp packets, desperately wishing my lucozade bottle would just fill itself back up already. Time Travel, multiple narrators and flashbacks are three things that most authors struggle to use effectively and I usually end up just bewildered but Cristin manages all three and I kept up with every new character, every plot twist. I'm really impressed! The main characters, Em and Marina are two very different personalities and at the start it felt a little odd, going from Em in a dank cell to Marina, in a cosy bedroom, talking about boys. I instantly connected with Em as I love a fighter chick but took a few chapters to really start to like Marina. Then there's Finn and James - Finn made me laugh in the very first chapter, so I basically sold my soul to him at that very moment. James, not so much as I found him quite shallow and cold but that's not really expected as you'll see when you read the book yourself. Every character is well formed and have their own personalities, no cardboard cut-outs. Again, I find myself being very impressed and stuff. Getting technical with the wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. It was perf. Seriously. Everything was explained from how it came about in the first place to how one even does the thing and paradoxes and side effects and if I could kiss this author on the cheek right now I would do because there was just so much thought that went into this that made it so much more... more. I do have one teeny tiny itsy bitsy problem with the book. Actually not the book because my problem is that there's... dun dun duuuuuuun... a sequel. There story is completely wrapped up by the end of the book, everything sorted out and there is absolutely zero reason to even bother with a sequel. Unless you know, you're trying to get more money or something. But publishers wouldn't do that to us would they.show more
by Vickie Ramage
All Our Yesterdays is a time travel novel that accepts the idiocy of time travel storylines and uses it to it's advantage. Unlike most time travel stories, where they go back to change the past and the paradox of that idea is not confronted, this novel tackles it head on. That is something I applauded this novel for, however it's not without it's flaws. All Our Yesterdays took a long time for me to get into, I was about 30% through it before I was actually intrigued instead of just confused about why I should care. The problem with this book is that it starts off with two completely conflicting timelines, one of Em who is an experience hardened young women living in a cell, listening to the man she loves (Finn) being tortured through the wall, and the other timeline is of Marina who is a young privileged teenage girl struggling with the fact that she's in love with her best friend James. The two timelines juxtaposed themselves in an uncomfortable way. The pacing was also off for the first 30%; where Em's timeline was fast and tense Marina's was slow, almost painfully so by comparison. Once the novel finally reached a point where the two timelines were in synch I actually started to enjoy it and I started to care a lot more about the characters in it. Finn and Em I especially loved, like everyone else who has read this novel. Their love story did not distract form the story, but instead acted like a cushion of warmth between the hard, hurtful things that they had to struggle with. I figured out the link between the two timelines before it was brought up but that only made watching Em and Finn's story unfold more beautiful, because you could tell that Finn always loved Em. A lot of the things in the novel were confusing and not everything was explained, like for example how did Em and Finn's past selves get the note in the drain? Also I'm not entirely convinced by Terrill's attempt at trying to provide an explanation for the paradox of changing time, but I am happy she acknowledges their is a problem with these kinds of stories and attempted to come up with a solution so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. Overall I enjoyed this novel once I got through the hard parts so I've given it 4/5 for that. More reviews are available at www(dot)where-is-wallis(dot)blogspot(dot)comshow more
by Iona
We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com/2013/09/all-our-yesterdays-cassandra-chronicles.html If you are interested, you can visit our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: "I've been scared of so much stupid crap in my life. Making a bad grade or not fitting in. God, I was scared of you. And it was all such a waste. None of it matters now that the real scary **** is here." About The Book: Present Day: Em is locked in a bare cell, alone and with Finn next door, the only person that makes her want to still be alive and not give up. Because If she gives up, not only she's dead, but Finn, too. Back then, she have hated him. Always in the middle, always putting Em on edge. But back then, she was different and so was he, but he kept making Em smile and laugh despite their horrible future. The Doctor is only keeping them alive with the intention of finding something from Em, torturing her and Finn until he finds the thing that Em stole from him. Four Years Ago: Meet Marina, Finn and James. All friends. Maria is in love with James, James is keeping a secret and Finn is in love with Marina. Everything goes down when Nate, James' brother, is shot. Nothing makes sense any more and James is willing to change the fact that his brother, and only family left, might die. Four Years Ago: Finn and Em arrive four years ago, when the world was still okay and wasn't suffering from the Doctor's and Cassandra's actions. This is the fifteenth time they travel in time through Cassandra to prevent James from building it. This time there's no other way: they have to kill him. There's no other way, because If they don't do it, there would be no time for love in the future world, no time for freedom and there'd only be one power: time travel would make its owner rule the world. When the uncertain future and the encouraging future collide, trouble, chaos and murder is allowed. The time is clicking and the future is in Em and Finn's hands. The only thing they need to do is kill a person to save the future. But what happens when the person you have to kill is the person you love? Review: This summer I read a lot of time travel novels and this one was one of my favorites. Always in constant movement and with a mission, this book is full of magic, a little bit of science, romance and the idea of having a better future. Cristin Terrill theory of time travel is a good one and the way she explains it in the book makes you believe that its real, that maybe today you will find a paradox of yourself around the corner. She creates this machine that would make possible the time travel, Cassandra. She also presents time not as a linear thing, and that this creates paradoxes and the possibility of creating chaos If a past version of you sees the future version of you. What I liked the most? The paradoxes. How Cristin "freezes" some scenes in the book and justifies it as time trying to prevent changes in the past. At least, some important changes. And that the natural course needs to be restored and that means that time tries to erase paradoxes (aka Em and Finn). I loved how she takes advantage of that scenes, where time tries to "catch" the paradoxes, and makes the main characters from the future (Finn and Em) revive some events from their past, like vivid memories that feel real, almost like its happening at that moment. I really liked her theory and her idea and I was truly impressed to the point of falling madly in love with it. And what makes this book a great story is that you not only experience a lot of emotions while reading the book, but you're not bored and you're always in tension, feeling the anxiety of the future characters always with a mission and trying to save the world. I remember that the first feeling I had when I finished the book was sadness. I felt sad for everything. For how an ambitious man can cause a damage so enormous to the world and arrive to a point to loose himself, to even hurt the people he loved the most just to have power. I was also sad for him, for The Doctor, because I knew, deep down, he didn't want to be bad and he yearned for an approval from the people he loved. And, finally, I felt sad for Finn and Em, their situation and the ending. At this point I was heartbroken. But my first thought was: "It must be really exhausting and must tear you apart, psychologically speaking, saving the world". "I'm suddenly very scared. Not of the explosion, which defies my comprehension, but of what I'll have to do when it's all over. Of what all this is for. You have to kill him." Another thing that makes this book so interesting is the fact that, at first you don't know everything. You know that two of the main characters are imprisoned in a cell, not knowing exactly what for. You also know another character named The Doctor, aka the bad guy, who keeps them locked down and tortures them in order to find something Em stole from him. And when they use Cassandra for the "first" time in the story everything starts to make sense, slowly. You start to receive the information along with the event that keep happening four years ago, in Marina, Finn and James' time. You know that the Finn from four years ago is the past version of the Finn who tries to safe the future, but there's no Em's past version. Or so we think at first. You also don't know where's the James' future version and why he's not with the two main characters. It's like you're part of an action movie and they are all keeping a secret and when you start to approach the end, you start to visualize the whole plot, the whole story and the secret the author was "keeping" from you. And that would blow your mind. The exciting thing about All Our Yesterdays, as I mentioned before, is that you're lost. You don't really know what is going to happen and most of the things are so unexpected that you are always gasping and trying to predict the next move. Although when the author gives you more and more information, you start to guess some things and the astonishment and the twists are even bigger than you thought it would be. With the main characters, Cristin Terrill, makes sure that there's a huge change between the future version and the past version. While the past version of the main characters are genuine and happy, the future version have lived a terrible live and seen horrible things and what seemed like the most simple things, like pancakes or a Christmas, is the most beautiful thing they see in a long, long time. It's almost really sad knowing the anxieties and desires of the future versions. Em is a fighter. Strong and almost a wild version of her old self. She's willing to do whatever it takes to prevent the horrible future she's from and she's willing to give her old self a second chance in life. Although If that means that she would disappear. Marina is what you could call a na�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�???�?�¢??�???�???�?�¢??�???�?�¢??�???�??�?�¯ve version of Em. I wanted to slap her and hug her at the same time. She's so blind with James that it makes me want to shake her until she comes to her senses. She has an awesome guy next to her, always attentive and hoping that she sees him like she sees James, that it made me want to cry. And why I felt sad? Because she doesn't realize what her future is and that James is not interested in her. He might care about her, but I knew from the first instant that he didn't love her. I was hoping that she would realize who really was there for her and who really loved her. Finn is what bring the idea of true and pure love to the story. He has a great heart. Not only his future version, the tortured one that even in the darkest days he tries to keep smiling and making Em smile, but also his past version. I am madly in love with him and not only because I imagine him super, super hot and super, super cute and good person, but because he always tries to make Em smile and his old self is always helping his mom and being a responsible guy. (*sigh*). Yes, ladies, I fell in love. And what makes him the ideal boyfriend? He's always thinking of Em's feelings. Sweet, I know. Even If that means breaking his own heart. (*double sigh*). "He sighs, "I just wish I could see you." I scoot closer to the wall, until I'm pressed against it, and I spread my fingers against the concrete blocks like it's him I'm touching. It's foolish, and I'm glad he can't see it, but it makes me feel a little better. "Me too." "Remember when you used to hate me?" I laugh-sniff-hiccup. "Well, you used to be insufferable." "I think incorrigible is a better word."" The Doctor is the great representation of what ambition, power and some ideals might do to a man who once was a good boy with a shy and geeky character. He kills in cold blood and thinks that everything is fair in the game he's playing. He's going to be important and he's going to do great things. He'd safe a lot of people by killing a thousand or a hundred, but he thinks that that's what you could call "collateral damage". James is the good, shy and geeky boy. The usual next boy with a high IQ and with a lot of ideas and visions for the future. I was really sad to see that he was keeping his ambition in secret and that he is willing to pursue his ideas and dreams even when people tell him that he's going to rip the world apart. I felt also sad when I discovered that, deep down, he was still an innocent boy who didn't want to be like The Doctor and that this innocence makes him still believe that he has the chance to be a good person and do things right. I was kind of crying at the end of the book and didn't want to read it. However I didn't expect anything different from it. It was almost like destiny. The ending was perfect, and a little bit mysterious. I am definitely waiting for the second book in the Cassandra Chronicles and hope to see a happy, happy, happy (yes, three happy) ending. Book Addicts, we are giving this wonderful and fantastic world a five gorjuss dolls because you know now that we are madly in love with it and that we not only liked it, but absolutely adore it. We are waiting for the second book and this anxious feeling is only left but an incredible story and a must read book. So listen to us, Book Addicts, and give a chance to All Our Yesterdays. It's a worth reading book and you'll get hooked by the story from the first page. Tomorrow Bookdepository will send me my paperback copy and I can promise you that I would read it again and again! Enter into Marina, Em, James, Finn and The Doctor's world and let Em safe the world! ""Finn," I say, "if we can do it, if we change things, I'll never fall in love with you. And you'll never fall in love with me." "Don't be so sure," he says, pressing his forehead to mine. "I think I was in love with you long before any of this started."show more
by TUABFC
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.) 20-year-old Em is imprisoned in a cell with a drain in the middle. In the cell next door is a boy - Finn. Em and Finn don't know much, but they know what they need to do - escape from their cells, go back in time four years, and kill him. Four-year-earlier - 16-year-old Marina is in love with the boy next door - James. They've always been best friends, but she needs to tell him how she really feels now. That is if someone doesn't try to kill James and his brother first, and Marina and Finn don't end up in harm's way too. Who must Em and Finn kill? Why must 'he' die? And can this story ever have a happy ending? I really enjoyed this story, I loved the mystery of how things had turned out the way they had, and how Em and Finn would change both the present and the future. Em was a girl on a mission, even if completing the mission would kill her both emotionally and literally. I loved trying to work out the relationship between Em and Marina, and how their lives would overlap, and I loved doing the same with the other 'future' characters Finn, 'him', and 'the doctor', and the 'present' characters - Finn, James, Nate etc.. It was obvious who Finn was in both times, but not obvious who the others were, and it was a bit of a mystery as to who was who. As the story progressed we slowly became aware of who was who, and why for the fourteenth (yes fourteenth) time of coming back in time to try and change things, Em knew that she had to kill 'him'. I liked the storyline in this book, although the talk of paradoxes and stuff in this one was pretty confusing, as it was explained that time ironed out paradoxes, and something about a shadow always making sure the important thing happened or something?! Confusing to say the least so I ended up ignoring that bit mostly just so that I could enjoy the story. I liked the idea that Em had a list of different things that she'd tried previously to try and change things, and I liked that she had difficulty doing what she knew that she had to do. I liked the very slight romance going on between Em and Finn, although strangely the person I felt most sorry for was James (I'm not telling you why 'cause that might spoil things!). Things ended in this book in possibly the best way, although it wasn't really what I was expecting. While things turned out mostly positively though, I couldn't help but feel really emotional at the end too, as I felt that the best thing for the masses was not necessarily the best thing to a small number of people, who had to sacrifice a lot to keep everyone else safe. The ending of this one actually left me close to tears, and I still feel sad over the way things ended. I really wish that things could have ended differently, even though fourteen other Em's couldn't achieve a better solution. Overall; an enjoyable time-travel story, with an emotional storyline. 7.5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
Cristin Terrill's first novel is nothing if not ambitious. We have space-time manipulation, paradoxical concepts, assassination attempts, and the complications of multiple timelines. There is romance, a distant war, the ties of friendship, and everything in between. It all begins with a drain, a time machine and a list. In a very real present, Em and Finn are neighbours in a secret prison, their cells lying adjacent to each other. In another real present, Marina Marchetti lives next door to James Shaw, her best friend and a genius. Linking them together is Cassandra, the impossible time machine and, for Em, the very thing responsible for her imprisonment. On a list hidden in a drain is a record of instructions, all but one of them crossed out, and all of them in Em's handwriting. The final instruction is meant for Em. The storytelling here alternates between Marina and Em, between a set of characters oblivious to the implications of time travel and a set of characters who know about the consequences all too well. It's a fast-paced ride from start to finish, and a surprisingly emotional one too. Although All Our Yesterdays feels predominantly plot-driven (as might be expected), the characters are not forgotten in place of the technicalities of the storyline. The relationships between Marina, James and Finn, Em and Finn, and Em and a certain doctor are all very skilfully built and manipulated along the course of the book. The friendships are believable, the romance even more so. Although Marina's character is initially portrayed as a frustrating clich�????�???�??�?�©, it's clear after a while that Terrill knows exactly what she is doing. Every flaw and habit is subtly explained, and every character arc is more than plausible. The scientific concepts require slightly more flexibility and an open mind (it's time travel, after all - some creative license will undoubtedly have to be used), but the vast majority of it is reasonable and well-presented. The mind-numbing complexities of space-time alteration are aptly dealt with, with just enough logic and substance to satisfy, yet simple enough to work for all. Terrill acknowledges and addresses the grey areas that appear, namely in the form of paradoxes and the re-writing of history, and ensures that plot holes are kept to an absolute minimum. Remember when The Tenth Doctor told us that time is non-linear and more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly, time-y wimey stuff? That's essentially all we need to know here, which I'm sure will come as a relief to many, but the detail is also just about present too, for those who want it. Not that it is majorly necessary at all, but I would have personally liked just a little bit more. We are briefly introduced to an unknown variable, a possible sentient element that eliminates threats to time by fixing events in place. Some further elaboration here, instead of just a flitting mention or two, could have given it some added authenticity. Additionally, the progression of events (over just four years, really) feels somewhat far-fetched in retrospection, particularly given the scale of the changes. This isn't a terribly pressing flaw, however. The bulk of the tale is invigorating enough to make up for the brief moments of lapse. With little opportunity to pause and reflect, and far better areas demanding all attention, most flaws feel largely insignificant. In short, and despite the slight room for improvement, Cristin Terrill's mind-bending thriller is intense, clever and achingly romantic. For me, this is time-travel as it should be - exciting and completely unpredictable (even if not technically flawless). With mentions of a sequel currently in the works, I certainly look forward to seeing what Terrill has in store for us next. In the meantime, I won't hesitate to declare her debut novel a definite must-read.show more
by Sam
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