Today we are excited to participate in the blog tour for Tomorrow by C.K. Kelly Martin. Tomorrow is the companion to Yesterday and can be read as a standalone. This young adult dystopian book was released October 10, 2013 by Random House.
About the Book
Yesterday Series (#2)
C.K. Kelly Martin
Pub: Random House
Pub Date: 10/10/13
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Synopsis:The sci-fi adventure that began with Yesterday continues with a thriller that can also be read as a standalone.2063, United North America: climate change has rendered great swathes of the country uninhabitable, the rise of robot workers has created mass unemployment, eco-terrorism is a constant threat and a 2059 nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India has torn large holes in the world’s ozone layer and pushed humanity’s existence towards a cliff.Garren and Freya have managed to escape that nightmare world and lose themselves in 1986 Vancouver. But the future’s reach is long, and they’re no longer safe there. No one is. Shadowy forces are intent on influencing the past’s path. And when Freya is taken, it’s up to Garren to save both her, and the future.
Love isn’t linear. It moves backwards too. Like time, as it turns out. I didn’t think I loved Freya Kallas in 2063 but now there’s a part of me that feels as if I always have. Not the part that went to the Cursed camp with jagged pieces of china and became ensnared in the things that alternately frightened and compelled me, but some essence that can’t be pinned down in hours, days, and years.
In a way, there can’t be a before I fell in love with Freya anymore. And yet, the things that happened to me in the summer of 2063 — things that had very little to do with her — changed everything.
This book had such an interesting twist on dystopian! The book is set in two times — 2063 and 1986. I loved both getting to see the world as it became and the world I was alive in. Just like Eleanor & Park, it was fascinating to read about a time when I was just two — how different (and how much the same) life was for teens.
PLUS, who doesn’t love the 80’s. We get to see some pop culture references, which is always fun.
I also loved that this book was both a companion and a stand alone. I hadn’t read Yesterday, and was happy that I didn’t have to miss out on the blog tour or miss a lot of critical details. The book is also set in Canada (Vancouver), which was a unique setting to me since I’m from Texas.
This book has a STRONG message. Much like Wall-E, we are taking really awful care of our earth, and one day we are going to pay for those choices.
So, this book starts in 2063 in the future government’s in control (a.k.a. dystopian society). They are known as U.N.A. and have figured out how to send humans back through a “chute” to the 1980’s. The author uses the prologue to not only set up the world we are in, but what happens to our characters and why they are sent back. Many people may say this is “showing not telling,” but I actually really enjoyed it. I was able to quickly ascertain what was happening and move on with the story line.
So, when people are sent through the chute, they lose their memories of the future (well, really the UNA wipes their memories to avoid a collapse of society). However, Freya is one person who actually regains her real memories. She convinces Garren and they are then a target of the UNA.
This book will keep you glued to your reader and has a really interesting and unique spin on a genre that is becoming overdone. The writing is superb and there is some stream of conscious, dialogue, and prose — so you aren’t bored by the book at all! I also love that we see this through Garren’s eyes, especially since Freya is the one who remembers. Garren had me sold by the end of his first chapter — in fact, I used that as my excerpt today. It is beautiful, haunting, and passionate.
Overall, I was really impressed by this complex read and can’t wait to see what Yesterday is all about.
About the Author
C.K. Kelly Martin always thought she’d get around to writing in earnest eventually and began writing her first novel in a flat in Dublin, finishing it in a Toronto suburb. By then she’d discovered that young adult fiction felt the freshest and most exciting to her. You have most of your life to be an adult but you only grow up once!Martin currently resides near Toronto with her Dub husband. She became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continues to visit Dublin often (although not as often as she’d like!) while working on teen novels.
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