13 June 2013

Review: Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin

Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin

Published: 25 September 2012 by Random House

Pages: 368 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA/Dystopian

Source: Own library


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.

My Thoughts

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 part of the book, it was the second half, when Freya finds out more about who she really is that I liked far more, and it had all the things I like about YA dystopians - a plot that's different to the normal, a romance that doesn't get off to the best start and it could have worked pretty well as a stand alone (don't worry series lovers, apparently it is not!).

I was a little unsure how I felt about Freya in the beginning, but by the end of the book she had gone through so much, with so much courage, that I found it impossible NOT to like her.  I really liked her relationship with Garren and that it grew over the course of the story, rather than falling into the insta-love trap.  Their relationship is rather intense, but their shared experiences understandably bond them together.

There is a rather large info-dump at the halfway point, but I didn't mind it because it was the only way that the book could have retained its individualism, and it made for fascinating and horrifying reading.   There are also parts of the story that I found a little confusing, but as the story progressed more and more of those confusing points were clarified.

Not everything falls easily into place, and not all the questions are answered, but I actually liked that - it left a lot more to the imagination and really had me guessing in the first half, and I wasn't disappointed in the second half either.  The pacing is pretty consistent, and I read this in one sitting because I just HAD to find out what happened next.

With a writing style that felt incredibly comfortable and was so easy to lose myself in, Yesterday is a book that I wish I had read sooner, rather than being put off by the opinions of other readers.  It just goes to show that you should always read a book for yourself and make your own judgements.


  1. I'm still not sure on this one (mainly because the summary blurs together when i try to read it, lol) but I'm really glad you enjoyed it! I'll definitely have to look into checking it out from the library if I get the chance.

    1. Yeah the summary doesn't do it many favours, and although it sounds like it could be confusing in the beginning, it's actually more of a mystery.

  2. "It just goes to show that you should always read a book for yourself and make your own judgements."

    Absolutely. I've got 5-star books that are in the 3.5ish range, a 4-star book that's 2.something, and more than one 1-star book that's 4.something. So... yeah. Average ratings mean very little to me.

    1. I try NOT to be swayed by them, but sometimes it tarnishes how I think about a book when I pick it up - but this definitely reminded me I shouldn't do that.

  3. I liked this one even though the reviews coming in at that time were less than stellar. I agree about the romance it is well done and I very rarely feel that way. Great review!!

    1. I didn't actually hear that much about it at the time, but I'm really glad I picked it up.

  4. Oh man, I actually remember that infodump, because it was ridiculous. I still really liked the book overall though.

    Also, I've noticed that GR's ratings tend to be pretty low for anything that's quirky like this. Imaginary Girls had a 3.3 too. O_O

    1. It wasn't the worst info-dump I've seen, but it was pretty high up there.

      I should really NOT pay attention to GR ratings....



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