Thursday, September 27, 2012

Yesterday by CK Kelly Martin

Time travel, brain washing, killer virus? All are present in the new YA sci-fi  book Yesterday by CK Kelly Martin.

The Story- (market copy)  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- A very well written book about a future trying to change itself in the past. I love the way the author starts the book, it is full of tension and fear, and then bang, the story begins and Freya is in the past with no memory of who she really is. The best part is that the author doesn’t tell you about the future in the beginning, instead you have to learn about it as Freya slowly recovers her memory.

Plus, Freya is the only one who remembers. It is a struggle for her character to know things that nobody else does, and when she tries to convince a friend that he is from the future too, the bad guys appear and Freya and Garren are on the run, but he doesn’t know why and thinks Freya is crazy. A great twist there.

The ending also has a great twist. How will Freya and Garren escape and live their lives? It is actually all up
to Freya in a way you won’t expect.  You do have to keep the plot straight in your mind, but I liked unraveling the mystery. Give this book a try!

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