This book was pitched like Divergent meets The Bourne Identity, and I think that's a perfect description of it. So many times while I was reading, I lThis book was pitched like Divergent meets The Bourne Identity, and I think that's a perfect description of it. So many times while I was reading, I looked up and thought, "This is like Jason Bourne for teens!" It's action-packed, fast-paced, and full of twists and turns.
There's never a dull moment. This is a book I would recommend to people looking for page-turners. And even though it's definitely a plot-driven book, I didn't think the characters were sacrificed for the pacing. If you want something exciting that will keep you reading, pick up this debut!...more
Such a fun, exciting book! The tension and action really build, so there's an epic climax. Also, I ship this romance so hard. Flynn is so sweet and chSuch a fun, exciting book! The tension and action really build, so there's an epic climax. Also, I ship this romance so hard. Flynn is so sweet and charming, and Jubilee is beautifully broken yet resilient. I think I liked this one even better than the first!...more
A fast-paced sci-fi adventure with really cool worldbuilding. This book never gets boring, and it was exactly what I wanted when I was reading it. MyA fast-paced sci-fi adventure with really cool worldbuilding. This book never gets boring, and it was exactly what I wanted when I was reading it. My favorite part was definitely the setting and worldbuilding; it felt very different from our world, and that's what I want in my sci-fi. Overall, a fun read!...more
It feels like I've been hearing a ton of buzz about this book. Everyone who read it before me loved it. Kirkus gave it a starred review. But the origiIt feels like I've been hearing a ton of buzz about this book. Everyone who read it before me loved it. Kirkus gave it a starred review. But the original blurb didn't really draw me in. I'm not usually into light sci-fi, which this book is, so I'm not sure what convinced me to pick it up. I'm just glad I did!
I've tried lots of YA sci-fi, but most of them just don't punch as hard as I want them to. All Our Yesterdays definitely doesn't have that problem! This is a gritty, emotional book that drips with tension. The beginning has a little bit of a slow start, but once it winds up (and you get about 20% through), the story really takes off and doesn't let you go until the end.
First, I have to talk about the plotting, because WOW! this book is plotted so expertly it left me feeling totally inadequate as a writer. All of the plot threads interweave in such a complex way, but I was never confused. The dual narration is done expertly, the POVs switching at just the right time, and I was really interested in watching all the twists and surprises be revealed.
Second, the pacing is great. This is definitely a thriller. Each chapter is exciting and full of tension and conflict that keeps you reading--and reading. Typically, I'm not much into thrillers. I feel like they often sacrifice emotion and character development for excitement, but this book definitely doesn't. I think what made the story so engaging were the characters' emotions, especially Em's.
And the end. THE END!!!
It was so amazing. I was a little worried, because Cristin Terrill had set the stakes so high, she had to deliver, and I was afraid she would shy away from how she'd set herself up. BUT SHE DIDN'T! OMG! It was even more powerful than I thought it would be.
In terms of characters, I have to say I totally loved Finn! He's light-hearted and funny in just the right places, to release some of the tension, but I also loved how brave and loyal he was. His and Em's relationship sucked me in from the beginning. I also liked Em, but Marina drove me insane - until I realized she was supposed to. Once I understood that she was supposed to be catty and privileged, I was able to better accept her as a MC, and she ended up really growing on me.
My only complaint with this book was minor, but it irked me nonetheless. I appreciated that Cristin Terrill used a lot of contemporary politics and international tensions in the book to make it feel more contemporary and relevant, but I felt like she was sometimes a little too political, for my taste anyway. I'm not a fan of the Patriot Act myself, but I didn't really appreciate her using it as a launching pad to some sort of dystopian future. Also, I didn't want to know what political party Nate was a part of or that Marina thinks "right wing" crazy people are threatening his life. I know I tend to be really tuned into this kind of stuff and any little bits of it rub me the wrong way, but I thought it was worth mentioning, though I think most readers won't notice.
Overall, I'm really impressed with Cristin Terrill's debut! I'm definitely going to be looking forward to her books in the future - I can't wait to see what she turns out next!
And whenever she announces a new book, I'm fairly positive I'm gonna be all
This book is crazy but in a totally great way. I can understand why it was optioned for film, because I can totally see this as an amazing movie. TheThis book is crazy but in a totally great way. I can understand why it was optioned for film, because I can totally see this as an amazing movie. The writing is killer, and it happened frequently that I would read a passage and just have to stop and marvel at the way she'd worded something. Victoria just weaves the perfect web of words, creating thick tension and characters who seem to leap off the page.
Speaking of characters, I really enjoyed reading these. No one is your traditional "hero" or "villain," and I enjoyed the way Victoria played with those archetypes. Our MC is what you would traditionally consider the "villain," and the "hero" character is actually much worse in terms of what he does. I've got to say my favorite chapters were those of Victor and Eli in college and seeing how they became who they were later in the story.
Overall, this is a great book, and it definitely made me want to read more by Victoria Schwab, especially future adult books from her!...more