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I love Time Travel.
In fact, I have a theory that any story with time travel in it is better than almost any story that doesn't. The time travel might not always be well done. In fact, more often than not, the time travel doesn't even make sense in most tales. But all I need is a cleverly presented paradox, or cute quantum quirk and I can be completely sold on otherwise average story.
All Our Yesterdays is not hard-core sci-fi and it's time travel rules will NOT stand up to serious scrutiny but it does prove my theory whole-heartedly.
The time travel core instantly elevates the YA dypostian love-triangle story which is a genre as overdone as sexy vampires at this point! The time travel is critical for establishing great conflict and genuine stakes as past, present and future collide for our three main characters.
All I can say is that I wanted more, more, more!
The book opens with a notes from 14 past Em's detailing the 14 different ways they've tried to prevent time travel from being invented.
I would have happily read ALL 14 STORIES! And I'd have happy read them again with even more POVs, especially from the antagonists who I really wanted to know more about.
This is one case where the novel moving swiftly through the story was almost a let down - I just wanted more!
I'm thrilled that a sequel is currently being penned and I'm already giddy with possibilities despite the fact that All Our Yesterdays could be 100% self contained - no annoying cliff-hangers here!
Authors, this is how to start a series - write a great first book and make us actually WANT more!
I whole-heartedly recommend this to ANYONE who loves a good YA tale with a sci-fi lean.
Most importantly I recommend it to any YA romance readers to see a great example of a well handled and not-annoying love triangle!
The characterisation in this novel was fantastic. You really root for the characters. The pacing, narrations, and plot twists were also clever and well executed.
The science really let this book down though. It was established early on that it is a multiple timeline version of time travel, and major parts of the ending contradict this.
If not for the bad science at the end destroying everything established before it (and making the ending as it stands impossible) this would have been a fantastic book.