Sunday, September 23, 2012
Yesterday, by C.K. Kelly Martin- Review
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 is, in many ways, a very advanced political commentary YA dystopian. It takes awhile to get to it, but when it does, it's complex machinations: political, environmental and ethical. But the bulk of the actual story is about Freya and her disconnect from her life, her confusion and her intense feelings of not fitting in. I didn't find those two elements of the story meshed very well, and in fact found some of the info dumps about Freya's original time period, and it's complications, confusing.
If you ever watched Felicity (back in the day), then you are no stranger to intensely awkward, downright cringe worthy social interactions. Freya is like the better looking Felicity, if you don't cringe at least once, especially during her insanely bizarre interactions with Garren, then I'll eat your copy of the book (you'll have to pay shipping though). There is an almost sex scene that's the absolute worst. Without a doubt it was Martin's intention for it to be awkward, but it was painful to read. Really, really painful.
Yesterday left me with mixed feelings. I loved the 12 monkeys element to the plot line (time jumping, and interfering with your younger self while there), greatly enjoyed how Martin had Freya and Garren fall back to the 80's instead of current day, and I also found some of the reveals to be clever and intriguing. But I didn't enjoy Freya and Garren's relationship, was annoyed by the genetically altered super good looking thing they had going on, and wanted to wash my brain with bleach after the almost sex scene.
All in all an intriguing book which will lead to some interesting discussions (I can't wait to see what people have to say about that sex scene!), but not a light or easy read.
Yesterday, by C.K. Kelly Martin
Published by Random House, September 25th, 2012
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
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