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3.40  ·  Rating details ·  859 ratings  ·  182 reviews
THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas’s life. Until that world starts to crumble.

NOW: It’s 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across t
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Unconventional review time!

Over at the blog today, I posted a double review of this book along with C.K. Kelly Martin's Come See About Me. If you're starting here - you might want to head over to my review of Come See About Me to see where my crazy train of thought begins and to read a much more positive review for C.K. Kelly Martin. If you were just there...welcome back!

And now for the negativity...

Yesterday. I have very little praise for this book. I felt turned off almost immediately by this
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
Set in Ontario, Canada, it was fun to read a book with its setting only hours away. They exist but I rarely have stumbled upon a book set in Canada (hence my love for Kelley Armstrong novels). It gave me a delightful reading experience, which made up for some of the qualms I had about the disjointed storylines in this novel.

Yesterday begins with a very enticing prologue. We get thrown into a confusing, but thrilling scene where we originally meet Freya, while raising a lot of questions, it sets
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yesterday is two parts science fiction, one part contemporary, and one part adventure. It's 1985 and Freya just moved to the suburbs of Toronto with her mother and her sister after her father's untimely death in New Zealand. She's not finding the transition easy (who would?) but there's something that feels really remote and distant in her everyday. And she keeps having strange headaches. Not to mention strange instincts to just act, rather than think. She has one of those when she sees a boy in ...more
Jun 06, 2014 marked it as ask-greg  ·  review of another edition
Fans of the Smiths, Depeche Mode, Scritti Politti—this one’s for you.

AND it takes place in canada???

"Yesterday" was my first read from C.K. Kelly Martin, and it's one of those reads that has a brilliant premise shaping the framework of the story, but the overarching execution leaves much to be desired. I did not like the structuring of the story or the writing in this very much. That's one thing I have to be honest about from the get-go in this review. I wish that it had better streamlining and engagement for the story it was trying to tell - it could've made the experience far more intimate w ...more
Karen’s Library
This story didn't wow me, but it was ok. For half of the book, I had no clue what was going on, and it was a bit slow going. And then, bam, 180 degrees and a large information dump.

The twist at the end was cool though. I'm glad I stuck with it.
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars
I read this book for my TBR challenge in which I read the oldest books on my to-read list. I added this book to my to-read list in 2012, the same year this book came out. The copy that I have in my possession is an ARC copy which I found at a used book sale a couple years back. I mention this only because I hope that some of my complaints about this book got solved before it was officially published b
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love dystopian novels and was drawn to the synopsis for Yesterday. The bulk of the tale takes place in 1985. Not to give my age away or anything, but I graduated from high school in 1985. My teen years seriously reflect all that you know about this iconic time in history. Martin creates a suspenseful science-fiction dystopian and wonderfully portrayed the eighties as I remember them.

The tale begins with a prologue. The year is 2065. We meet sixteen year old, Freya Kallas. We learn about th
Dystopias and I never really clicked. Don't ask me why, maybe I've just always picked the wrong stories to read, the ones that only came into existence due to the genre's huge popularity after the success that were The Hunger Games – which ironically, never really registered as dystopian in my head. So I thought that this book, written by an experienced author in my beloved contemporary genre, would maybe be the thing for me. Maybe you've deducted from my rating that this wasn't the case.

A finished unsolicited copy was provided by the publisher for review.

So many amazing futuristic technological advances in this one that my mind was spinning. I love how creative some authors can be and C.K. Kelly Martin is no exception. It starts of in the year 2077. There is biotechnology that has eradicated cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and even AIDS. Life expectancy is over a hundred years old, limbs can be repaired, heart attacks and strokes prevented. Virtual reality is embedded without a s
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally reviewed on A Reader of Fictions.

My second C. K. Kelly Martin book has me convinced that I need to write every single thing she writes. Martin has a very distinct style. Her writing is wonderful and her concepts, at least for the two books I've already read, are entirely original. Yesterday didn't remind me of any other dystopia, a very rare experience.

Yesterday is one of those stories where you'll spend most of the book confused, unsure what the heck is going on. However, rest easy w
Yesterday by C. K. Kelly Martin was a slightly disappointing read for me. I have heard really good things about this author but I was not overly wowed by this book, though the writing was good and I would still consider checking out her other works. I really liked the idea behind this story but the execution of it fell little flat for me and I found the story to be confusing, at least initially.

Yesterday is told from the perspective of Freya Kallas, a sixteen year old girl who is thrown into a
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feb14, best-books
The girl named Freya has just moved across the globe and now she is living in Canada. She can hardly remember her life, then one day, she saw Garren. For once in her life she felt real, she feels that they've met, but he insists they have never met. She then finds out that they both hold a secret that tell when they were really from. As the story continues, they find out more about themselves, which brings them to more danger.

The reason I picked up this book was because the summary at the back o
Steph Sinclair
Read along with Kat Kennedy. :D

Putting aside for now until it's closer to September.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to give it a one.

Alright, first and foremost, I suppose it's partially my fault for assuming the book and style would be different than it actually is. I believed the books would be mostly set in the future, or at least have a bunch of robots walking around. I get it now, that I was mistaken, and that's not the author's fault. Although I Would have appreciated a somewhat more detailed synopsis, but that's not the point.

After that, I'd like to say that something I find extremely irrit
YA Reads Book Reviews
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally posted on, Reviewed by Nichole

THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas’s life. Until that world starts to crumble.
NOW: It’s 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new
May 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, there was climate change which was ignored. Then Canada joined the US to make one country. Then robots were created which caused massive unemployment. The eco-terrorists unleashed a pandemic which infected people with zombie-like cravings. Add to this Freya and Garrin who have been exiled to 1985 and have no memory of life in the future. This started out with a bang but quickly fizzled to a whisper. There were parts of it which seemed to be just a display of 1985 pop culture - names of ba ...more
Janus the Erudite Artist
Yesterday is a world where the future is the past, and the past is the future. Kind of confusing, isn’t it? To be honest, I couldn’t quite get the idea the first time I read the synopsis. But it was interesting enough to make me want to read it. I got the idea of time-travelling but what’s with the whole interchanging thing anyway?

Freya, the protagonist, is swept into the year the 1985 [with no memory of the life she had in 2036]. She remembers travelling from Australia to Canada after her fath
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypse, ya, udate
I'm going to do this review a little differently by saying at the beginning that I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would, based on it's Goodreads rating. Currently it sits at 3.34 average which actually surprises me quite a bit, because it's one more the more unique YA dystopians than I've read in a long time.

Yesterday is almost split into two parts, beginning with Freya trying to find her place in a new school with a vaguely unsettled, disconnected feeling. Whilst I enjoyed this par
Nicki Markus
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the opening of this book a little confusing, but gradually everything fell into place and I really began to enjoy the tale. Once I was captured, the book was a real page turner, with plenty of action and suspense to hold my attention.

Freya is a great character - likeable yet flawed - and her interaction with Garren was subtle and believable, offering some realism in the wake of all the 'insta-love' stories doing the rounds at the moment. Excellent characterisation and you really did get
I went into this book rather blind, not knowing what to expect but I'm pleased to say that I did enjoy it. The entire concept of the book I found intensely interesting and I couldn't help but wonder what like is going to be like in 78 years and how what we're doing right now is going to affect it. I love books about time travel and this book definitely took a unique spin on the idea. I really enjoyed the world that C.K. Kelly Martin created and the dynamics of it. However, there were a few chapt ...more
Terry Costantini
Not a big fan of this one to be honest. It started with so much promise. I enjoyed the setting and the 80s references a lot, but the point at which the main character "remembers" things drove me crazy. Chapters of revelations...and revelations...and revelations...almost like a list, made me daydream. As if by magic, all of the confusion was gone, and I found myself not caring anymore. It is kind of like how I feel in a fantasy novel, when the author uses one spell to "magically" solve a story pr ...more
PopcornReads - MkNoah
I was scouting for a new YA novel when I stumbled on Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin. I had heard good things about her novels and the book cover was amazing. When I read the publisher’s blurb about Yesterday’s concept, it sounded so original that I knew I had to get a copy. If you like sci-fi or dystopian, futuristic novels, check out my review. And for you romance fans, there’s even a romantic thread. As with a lot of this genre, it may be a YA novel but it’s going to appeal to a wide range of ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought for sure there was going to have to be a sequel to Yesterday until the final of many plot twists. And boy, was it a good one. The characters and setting and premise were just too jam-packed with detail for me to feel like it would just... end there.
But it did, and it did really really well. The constant whirlwind of action came to such a satisfying close I couldn't believe it was over so perfectly.
This was an amazing book and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants something fast-pac
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Not my favorite book by one of my favorite authors. However, this is more of a "Sarah" issue than an issue with the book itself--I'm not a fan of sci-fi-ish things, nor am I a fan of the 1980s (I remember the 80s, that decade sucked). I do, however, really appreciate that the last two of CK Kelly Martin's novels have been departures from her usual fare, because I love it when authors experiment with different genres. ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book due to it having a distinctly Canadian setting. I also thought it was interesting that they thought to time travel back to 1985. It was nice to see some of the technology mentioned that I grew up with and what not. Overall I liked it.
Miranda Kenneally
I can't wait for this! ...more
Chuck Ledger
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best time travel book I've read! ...more
Jessica Gong
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2014
Yesterday was definitely one of my favorite book becuase it had so much details put into it.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
it was ok...
chapter 15 and on was the most interesting portion of the book (although it started to die down around chapter 19) and was the strongest in terms of content (imo). It was why I wanted to read the book in the first place, I wanted to learn more about the year of 2063 and what Freya's deal was all about.
hOwever, I did not like how it had to be all condensed into that section. I can see how one may feel bombarded by alllll of the information coming in all at once. It would've been nice
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