Yesterday – C.K. Kelly Martin


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.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. 

Let’s start out in the year 2063. The world is facing mass extinction. Animals that existed before, such as Killer Whales and Tigers, no longer exist. When a child is sent to their room a force field can appear in their doorway, keeping them from ever leaving. It’s unheard of to travel. Before, it was common to travel by planes or trains to exotic countries. Now, the threat of terrorism is too great to allow that luxury. Life in 2063 is much different that we experience here in 2012.

Now let’s backtrack to the year 1985. Freya Kallas and her family have just moved from New Zealand to Canada. She’s now enrolled in school, and she is making new friends. There’s only one problem: something seems to be wrong with Freya’s memories. Oh, she has memories, but they seem to be photo stills lodged in her brain. When she tries to think about her old best friends favorite band or her time with her dad at the lake, she draws a blank. Freya also finds herself suffering from intense headaches, something she cannot remember suffering from before her move to Canada.

On a school field trip, Freya notices a boy that immediately catches her attention. Yes, he’s hot, which is something Freya does not overlook, but there seems to be something else about him, something familiar. Freya just cannot shake the feeling that she knows this boy. After confronting said boy (whose name happens to be Garren), and being treated like a psychotic freak, Freya is even more determined to figure out what is going on. She knows that she has met Garren before. She knows that Garren was somehow, sometime, a part of her life. She knows that something is going on with her memory. But what is it? Follow Freya and Garren on their rollercoaster ride of an adventure, and join Freya as she unravels the mysteries of her mind.

I am a huge fan of Dystopia books. I enjoy being placed into different worlds, times, cultures, anything that is out of the norm. When I received Yesterday I was really excited to read about both the future and the past. I haven’t read too much about time travel, and it was something that I was really interested in. I thought it was really cool how the book took place in two different times and places. I wish that there would have been a little more time dedicated to the future, as I found that environment really cool. What was funny was that I kept forgetting that the book took place in 1985. I kept it replacing with 2012, and then I would get really confused about some of the music and television shows that they were listening to and watching because, well, they were very popular in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

I was a big fan of Freya. It was fun to watch her character grow throughout the entire book. I also really enjoyed all of the emotions that she made me feel. I felt sympathy for her when she was trying to distance herself from others at school. I cringed when she followed Garren home and acted like a total nutcase. And I was cheering her on for being so brave throughout most of the book. My only complaint about Freya was that I kept forgetting that she was an older teenager. She actually came across as a bit younger, but that didn’t change my feelings for her at all.

The teen romance was really sweet. After having a thing for Garren in the future, I thought that it was appropriate that she got the guy in the past. The best part, though, was that they didn’t automatically jump into their relationship, if that’s what you want to call it. It wasn’t one of those cases where they looked at eachother and automatically went “Oh my God, you are my soulmate! We are going to be hooked throughout this entire book, starting from page 1!” No. It took Garren quite awhile to think that Freya shouldn’t be in a mental institution. It was hilarious watching how cautious he was around her. I really enjoyed watching their relationship progress.

Really, my only complaint is that I wish there would have been a little more action in the book. There was a biiiig chunk of the book that was just about them running and trying to survive. Don’t get me wrong, I still really enjoyed those parts, I just wish that a little more action would have happened. I am really excited to read the next book, and I HOPE that we get to see more of the future.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to everyone, especially to fans of Dystopia books. It was a great read, and I am looking forward to read more from C.K. Kelly Martin.

Pages: 368

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

Publisher: Random House

Rating: [rating: 4]

Teaser Quote: “And you probably didn’t picture running for your life.” I say. “Living by candlelight and wearing someone else’s clothes.”

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