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All Our Yesterdays: Cassandra Chronicles, Book 1

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Captivating sci-fi tackles time travel, politics, romance.

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Terrill's debut is an impressive page-turner that explores how tragedy and the desperate desire to fix the past can consume people. The book's two time settings also make it clear how much people can change in just a few years, from adolescence to early adulthood. Em at 20 -- who has survived the unthinkable and doesn't take anything for granted -- doesn't have much in common with her entitled, snobbish 16-year-old self, but her sense of loyalty and her desire to protect the people she loves remain steadfast parts of her character.

Although time-travel plots can get bogged down in the time travel paradox, Terrill explains it away and let's you get caught up in the characters -- both the worldly older versions and the clueless younger versions. She manages to pack in commentary about class (James and Marina are both rich Washington D.C. kids while their prep-school friend Finn is a scholarship student from the 'hood), ethics, and politics. Lest you think it's too heavy a read, Terrill also weaves in two different but equally compelling romantic story arcs featuring a remarkably funny, sweet, and sensitive guy who proves that there's much more to a person than meets the eye.

Book Details

  • Author: Cristin Terrill
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Topics: Science and Nature
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: September 3, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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