I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Doubleday Canada on September 25th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Time Travel, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
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 twenty-first century textbooks and part of the normal, background noise to Freya Kallas' 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 high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief of her father's death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy? When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can't get him out of her head. She's sure that she knows him, despite his insistence that they've never met. As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered. Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from.Yesterday will appeal to fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner, Veronica Roth's Divergent, Amy Ryan's Glow, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Ally Condie's Matched.
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 screen where citizens can experience games, stories and even sexual experiences called mashing. (Um yes those mashing scenes popped up in the book! I’m not too sure if this is YA appropriate because the sex scenes are pretty hot and heavy! Just warning you all there are some steamy scenes in here.)
Then the reader is whipped back to 1985, where the eighties are back in full force. I can understand why Freya is whipped back into the past, because we have to find out what happened in the past, in order to understand the future, and yes all the pieces are pulled together in the end.
Such a lovely moment to read a character’s setting and actually know where she’s going. Yes, this is set in Toronto, and I actually pictured what downtown Toronto would have looked like back in the nineteen-eighties. (I always get a little thrill when the books I’m reading are Canadian. Gives me a little surge of pride.)
I wasn’t a big fan of how the book ended. I’m always a sucker for a killer climatic ending, but this one fell a little short. My questions were answered but I guess I wasn’t satisfied with the answers.
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