September 20, 2012

Title:  Yesterday

Author:  C. K. Kelly Martin

Published:  September 25, 2012, Random House

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.

****Note:  This book was provided by Net Galley but this did not in any way influence the review.

Ana will put Yesterday on her Third Shelf!

My Review:  It’s 1985 and Freya has just lost her father in a terrible accident.  She, along with her mother and sister, move to Canada to begin life anew.  At first Freya thinks it’s the sorrow of losing her father that makes her memories so foggy…almost like they belong to someone else.  She goes through the motions but never feels quite connected to her environment or the people around her.  Then one day she sees Garren.  She’s sure she knows him but he insists he doesn’t know her.  Her tenacity helps her dig into the mystery before her and, soon enough, she remembers the truth.  A truth that has her scared and running for her life.  A truth that has her not only in the wrong place but in the wrong time. Her days become filled with intrigue, twists and turns, and dangers she doesn’t quite comprehend.

First I have to say that having a story set in a city that you are very familiar with adds to the depth of the story, at least it did for me.  I was able to picture the locations, feel what it was like on the streets and in the subway and shiver in the winter cold with these characters.  Add to that a story filled with lots of unanswered questions and you’ve got a pretty good recipe for an enjoyable book.

The characters were likeable.  Freya’s strength is the reason the whole story begins to unravel.  Her refusal to give up makes her a good protagonist.  Garren’s reluctance to accept the truth at first made him that much more real for me.  I liked the fact that he didn’t just jump on board with Freya’s beliefs and that he had to figure it out himself in order to be ready to step up and commit to the adventure ahead of him.  The secondary characters played minor roles in this book as this was definitely Freya and Garren’s story.  I’ll say that, to me,  the 80′s felt like one of the characters in this book.  For anyone who lived through that era, there are references to music and movies that will make you smile.

Although I enjoyed this book overall, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed by one element…our trip to the future.  I was expecting to see and feel that world but what I got instead was a very long description of it.  Don’t get me wrong, the creativity that went into building that world…our future world…was amazing.  This is a cautionary tale about what can happen if we continue to abuse our world and the description of its future state was both intriguing and scary.  But, I would have liked to see the characters interact in that world.  And perhaps we will get a chance to experience it in future books.  It would definitely be a creative setting for a second book.


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