Saturday, 8 September 2012

Yesterday by C. K. Kelly Martin - Book Review

Title: Yesterday
Author: C. K. Kelly Martin
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 25th September 2012
Pages: 364
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC from NetGalley

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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 high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over 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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

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 the sense of Freya growing and changing as the story progressed.

Once the story got going, the pacing was good with well written tension-action sequences. My only reservation (aside from my minor confusion at the start) was that the time travel explanation towards the end felt a little 'shoved in' and heavy. I would have liked to have seen that explained as less of an info dump and more as a development in the story.

But overall this is a great, entertaining story and should appeal to fans of YA dystopia and time travel fiction - definitely worth checking out.

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