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Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin
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Jun 29, 12

bookshelves: kindle, netgalley, young-adult, fiction, dystopia
Read from June 27 to 28, 2012

Freya's father has just died and her grief is making it hard to think. But then her headaches get worse and her memories get foggier and she's starting to think that the grief and the transition to a new country isn't what's causing her confusion. And when she spots Garren on a busy street, she's positive she knows him, even though he's never seen her before. Soon she and Garren are on the run, and what she finds out about her memories is mind-blowing...

I love the premise of this one. It's somewhat reminiscent of As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott, which I quite liked, so I was excited to read it. While Freya is a relatable character, the reader has very little idea what's happening until halfway through the book. The prologue served as a teaser but the reader is as in the dark as Freya is. While this definitely serves the purpose of understanding how scared and confused she is, it dragged on a bit long. By the time Freya recovered her memories, I had started to lose patience a bit. When Freya finally understands what has happened to her, it's explained in a bit of an infodump. Martin has built an excellently disturbing dystopian world, but because of the structure of the novel, we're not able to be in it much, so when we are, the narrative is a bit overwhelmed with details.

Overall, this will grab the attention of teens. And it might grab the attention of two different demographics of teens: those who like dystopian fiction, and those who like the 80s: Martin obviously knows her stuff, because the details from the scenes in 1985 are fun and spot-on.
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