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Yesterday

by C. K. Kelly Martin

Doubleday Canada | September 25, 2012 | Hardcover

Yesterday is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.

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 twenty-first century textbooks and part of the normal, background noise to Freya Kallas'' 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 of 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.54 × 5.86 × 1.28 in

Published: September 25, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385668457

ISBN - 13: 9780385668453

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pulled in! Yesterday was nothing like I had expected. It runs on a couple unique premises and boarders on another. The main focus is time travel and memory altercation but you have a little bit of premonition thrown into the mix as well. This made for an interesting and indulging read. Not to mention it is set in Canada and in Toronto! This is under an hour from where I grew up and let's face it, it's interesting to read a book that you know the places that are discussed and visited. I would like to top that off with the fact that it also takes place in my birth year. Yup, I'm old but you know what this book didn't make me feel that way. The pacing for this novel started out with a bang for me. The prologue hooked my curiosity and had me diving into the start of everything but then it was like hitting a Jello wall. It didn't stop but became a little slower to push through, then when I finally broke free of this gelatine like time period it was hit the ground running time. As stated above there was many unique premises to keep it interesting and as bits I the story fell into place you found out what each thing really was or really held. The premonition thing remained a bit of a mystery but I can handle that... If I must. There were many moments that I found myself feeling for Freya. She lives in a world that only she seems to feel out of place with. She's awkward and really doesn't feel she fits anywhere and really in this time period she doesn't belong. When she started to relax among the couple of people she found didn't judge her I had this feeling inside me that it wasn't going to last but I was wrong. The only reason that she doesn't stick with them is because of the discoveries she makes and th danger that she is in. There was never any real connection between Freya and I but that didn't stop me from enjoying her as a character. Sometimes the lack of connection can kill a book and the character but Ms. Martin did an excellent job with her and left no room to dislike her. Garren was a wild card really. Freya believed she knew him somehow and he believed she was crazy. However you put a little evidence that things are messed up in front of him and he will give it a shot. But wait then there is a bunch more information dumped on him and he decides Freya is crazy again. I guess this did make him a little more realistic but really what does it take for him to say "Okay we are from the future and you see things. How do we make this work?" It takes A LOT. Though when it clicks with him things are a little easier. Though Garren never really appealed to me, I did like him. The relationship part of this novel left me a little disappointed. Not any fault of the author but more myself. I am left wondering that if they are stuck in the past and they know the future how could they ever be with anyone else? Not that Freya wants to but their options are kind of limited. They did somewhat develop their relationship which I appreciate but in the end it just felt like they came together because of their past and undeniable future together. There is no denying that I enjoyed this read. Yesterday has way too much individuality not to enjoy. The world building was great and reading the references to areas in Toronto was great fun. The ending left me in wanting a little bit I will freely admit but that is not uncommon. I just wish I knew how they proceeded with life. The twist right near the end kind of left me in shock and wondering what would happen the next time around. If you have a chance to read this one don't pass it by. Being well written an engaging is not always something you find together and I know I will pick up other reads by this author from here on out.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pulled in! Yesterday was nothing like I had expected. It runs on a couple unique premises and boarders on another. The main focus is time travel and memory altercation but you have a little bit of premonition thrown into the mix as well. This made for an interesting and indulging read. Not to mention it is set in Canada and in Toronto! This is under an hour from where I grew up and let's face it, it's interesting to read a book that you know the places that are discussed and visited. I would like to top that off with the fact that it also takes place in my birth year. Yup, I'm old but you know what this book didn't make me feel that way. The pacing for this novel started out with a bang for me. The prologue hooked my curiosity and had me diving into the start of everything but then it was like hitting a Jello wall. It didn't stop but became a little slower to push through, then when I finally broke free of this gelatine like time period it was hit the ground running time. As stated above there was many unique premises to keep it interesting and as bits I the story fell into place you found out what each thing really was or really held. The premonition thing remained a bit of a mystery but I can handle that... If I must. There were many moments that I found myself feeling for Freya. She lives in a world that only she seems to feel out of place with. She's awkward and really doesn't feel she fits anywhere and really in this time period she doesn't belong. When she started to relax among the couple of people she found didn't judge her I had this feeling inside me that it wasn't going to last but I was wrong. The only reason that she doesn't stick with them is because of the discoveries she makes and th danger that she is in. There was never any real connection between Freya and I but that didn't stop me from enjoying her as a character. Sometimes the lack of connection can kill a book and the character but Ms. Martin did an excellent job with her and left no room to dislike her. Garren was a wild card really. Freya believed she knew him somehow and he believed she was crazy. However you put a little evidence that things are messed up in front of him and he will give it a shot. But wait then there is a bunch more information dumped on him and he decides Freya is crazy again. I guess this did make him a little more realistic but really what does it take for him to say "Okay we are from the future and you see things. How do we make this work?" It takes A LOT. Though when it clicks with him things are a little easier. Though Garren never really appealed to me, I did like him. The relationship part of this novel left me a little disappointed. Not any fault of the author but more myself. I am left wondering that if they are stuck in the past and they know the future how could they ever be with anyone else? Not that Freya wants to but their options are kind of limited. They did somewhat develop their relationship which I appreciate but in the end it just felt like they came together because of their past and undeniable future together. There is no denying that I enjoyed this read. Yesterday has way too much individuality not to enjoy. The world building was great and reading the references to areas in Toronto was great fun. The ending left me in wanting a little bit I will freely admit but that is not uncommon. I just wish I knew how they proceeded with life. The twist right near the end kind of left me in shock and wondering what would happen the next time around. If you have a chance to read this one don't pass it by. Being well written an engaging is not always something you find together and I know I will pick up other reads by this author from here on out.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really good read! Time travel, dystopian, romance, young adult those were the key words that made me want to read this book. Well, those words and the fact Time travel, dystopian, romance, young adult those were the key words that made me want to read this book. Well, those words and the fact that it came pretty highly recommended by Kimba @ Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Anyways I'm always wanting to read more books written by Canadian authors so when I found out that this novel was written by a Canadian author I made sure that I put my library hold to active so I could get my hands on this one even faster. Yesterday was an entirely unique read and in a book world where so many books are similar in plot it's awesome to come across one that is so refreshingly different. C.K. Kelly Martin was able to create a wonderfully unique plot line with an awesome and seldom used time setting. The book follows Freya a young girl from the future who is sent back in time with her younger sister and mother shortly after there is an epidemic that claims the life of Freya's brother and caused her father to be left behind. However, Freya has no real recollection of the life she led before she landed in Toronto in the year 1985. She has the memories but they feel as though she never really lived them. Despite the holes in her memory she begins to adjust to life in Canada until she sees Garren and something tells her she knows him. From there the novel takes us on a wild ride where we find Freya and Garren running for their lives trying to keep their hands to themselves and trying to find a way to have a future together. For me my favourite thing about the book overall was that it was set in Toronto where I was born, raised and still live in. While the book takes place in 1985 (5 years before I was born) there are some references to locations that I recognized like streets, shops and even the odd bus stop and that really endeared this young adult novel to me. I have no idea why but this city is so seldom used in novels it makes it even more especially when it is used and the fact that the author is actually from this city and grew up in the time period made the book's setting all that much more authentic and I really enjoyed reading about my city. The characters were interesting too while I didn't adore Freya and Garren I did like them. For me Freya was a little too unsure of herself in a lot of situations or she was too confident so it felt as though she had a bit of a split personality disorder. I did like that she was willing to get to the truth about who she, her family and Garren really are and why she things are not what they really seemed. Garren though was probably my least favourite character. I thought that he was really rude, sometimes cruel in the way he said things and I didn't appreciate the way he treated Freya as an inconvenience for much of the novel. He just didn't sit well with me even after he begins to remember Freya from his past I just couldn't connect to him. Plus, I wish that the author had made Freya and all the other characters a little more detailed I would have liked to have gotten to know them better and I think that would have helped bring the story line together more. The book was a little bit slow at first but it sure sped up and sometimes I was left grasping at straws because things would happen in the novel so quickly that I was left baffled and had to go back and re-read a few pages here and there. The plot was interesting though. I went into the book expecting it to be the typical dystopian book but it turned out it wasn't like that at all in fact to me this novel wasn't much of a dystopian read but I suppose that depends on the reader. To me this was just more of a light sci-fi read. I really enjoyed all the twists and turns in the plot that kept me reading. I never knew what going to happen next and what really hooked me on the book was one big surprise character in the end of the book and I have to say when that character was introduced I fell hard for the story itself and I give huge kudos to the author for adding that character in. I also liked learning about how and why Freya and Garren were placed almost 100 years in the past but I wished that more detail had been used to explain it all. I liked the mixture of romance, science fiction, with a bit of mystery that the author wove into this novel and I thought she wrote a really successful book. The way the book ended also made me wonder if there is a sequel to this book in the works because I have a lot of questions left unanswered. I would recommend this to novel to fans of young adult romances with a sci-fi/dystopian twist. It's a unique read and it's one that I think shouldn't be missed. The author is a fresh voice in this genre and I hope she writes more book this. I for one am going to be reading as many books as I can by this author because she's wonderfully talented!
Date published: 2012-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Psychological Thriller Meets Science Fiction I don't think I've ever read a novel quite like Yesterday before! The plot unravels slowly like a psychological thriller before picking up its pace to add in dystopian and science fiction elements. With a combination of suspense, romance and mystery, Yesterday is definitely my new favourite novel written by C.K. Kelly Martin! Freya doesn't understand why her vivid dreams of a futuristic world feel so real, nor the hazy memories of her past before she came to live in Canada after the recent death of her father. At her new school, she can pretend that everything is alright, but alone with her thoughts at home, she can't shake the feeling that something feels wrong. When Freya visits a museum for a school trip, she is startled by the familiarity she feels towards a handsome young man she spots on the streets and can't get him out of her mind. His name is Garren Lowe, but even though he claims they've never met before, Freya is positive she remembers him from somewhere. Determined to learn the truth, Freya and Garren begin to ask questions that catch the wrong kind of attention... and only makes them strive harder to learn how their pasts are connected. I really admired Freya in the novel! She steadfastly holds onto her convictions and refuses to give into the shadow of doubt cast by others, trusting her intuition to tell her she's right. Even though everyone tries to pass off her feelings as grief for losing her father, Freya does what she can to uncover the truth, even when it would probably be easier to shrug it all off. Garren's wariness to believe Freya at first was completely natural. She may have made some convincing arguments, but if I was in his shoes, I'd be rather skeptical too. Yesterday is very different from the contemporary style which fans of C.K. Kelly Martin have expected in her previous books, but I just loved the originality of this one. I also thought it was awesome how the book was set in and around Toronto! Since I could recognize several of the landmarks and street names mentioned, it helped to visually bring the events to life before my very eyes. The ending of Yesterday is left rather open-ended, so I'm definitely hoping there will be a sequel! I don't think I'm quite ready to say goodbye to Freya and Garren just yet! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.ca/2012/10/yesterday-by-ck-kelly-martin.html
Date published: 2012-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A sci-fi read set in Toronto! It’s 1985 and Freya has just moved to Canada with her mother & brother after her father dies in a freak accident while on the job. While on a school field trip to the museum in Toronto, she notices a familiar-looking stranger and follows him for blocks back to his house. Not able to get him out of her mind, she becomes obsessed with figuring out their connection. Little does she know that the two of them have begun to unravel a carefully crafted plot that they were not to have discovered. Now on the run, they don’t know who or what they can trust. I had no idea that this book was set in Toronto! And not only is in set in Toronto, but it features so many landmarks and streets of the city making it feel a lot more personal and authentic. I did wonder how that would translate to those who are not familiar with the city, and I got a chance to ask Ms Martin just that in the interview over on my blog. Yesterday begins with Freya and her family in some distressing situation and the tone is set right off the bat. However, with their move to Canada, the pace significantly slows down quite a bit. True, Freya is unsure of the new surroundings and feeling out of sorts with her new home but the overall pacing felt a bit bizarre. This book is likened to those who are fans of Daughter of Smoke & Bone and I can get that same sense of it with how both books completely change tones in the last quarter. In Yesterday, the last chunk of the book feels like a completely different story and, while I do love the scenes that are set in the downtown area, it’s not until the chaos starts up that I really got fully hooked into the story. I knew there was an element of time in play but the twist it takes did take me a bit by surprise. What I thought was a mainly contemporary read became very sci-fi, very quickly. This, an interview, and other reviews can be found on JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-09-24

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Yesterday

by C. K. Kelly Martin

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.54 × 5.86 × 1.28 in

Published: September 25, 2012

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385668457

ISBN - 13: 9780385668453

From the Publisher

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 twenty-first century textbooks and part of the normal, background noise to Freya Kallas'' 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 of 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.

About the Author

C. K. KELLY MARTIN is the critically acclaimed author of I Know It''s Over, One Lonely Degree, and The Lighter Side of Life and Death. She lives in the Toronto area with her husband.

Editorial Reviews

“Sci-fi thrillers are hot right now, and Yesterday does not disappoint. . . . Slow-building suspense and heart-pounding action help keep readers engaged.”
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for C.K. Kelly Martin''s previous books
 • "A more genuine representation of teen life would be hard to find."--Booklist, Starred
 • "The perfect temperature for a summer read."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred
 • "Martin displays uncanny insight."--Publishers Weekly, Starred
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