Review: Tomorrow (Yesterday #2) by C.K. Kelly Martin
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Tomorrow by C.K. Kelly Martin
Series: Yesterday #2
Published by: Random House on October 10, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
Source: Blog Tour
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About the Book:
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.
Tomorrow is the sequel to Yesterday, and I enjoyed it very much. I read this sentence and realize that it sounds off but at the same time is completely correct, kind of like the novel itself.
Tomorrow follows Freya and Garren as they struggle to acclimate and stay alive in 1980’s Canada. As well as stay one step ahead of the U.N.A., a future government determined to recapture them and erase their memories. Freya and Garren’s story starts in the novel Yesterday, which I have to admit I haven’t had a chance to read yet. But true to the Amazon summery Tomorrow is quite capable of being a standalone novel, so I didn’t feel that I was missing out on huge chunks of the story. This is definitely a credit to the author, since the story pretty much depends on the first book to make any sense at all. Between the prologue and the flashbacks that Garren has though, the author fills in enough of the back story.
The author also pulls off a unique trick with the writing of the story. The present, which is in the 1980’s is told in first person present tense, while the future, 2063, is told in first person past tense. Switching back and forth between the two tenses was not as bad or as confusing as it sounds. Also I personally dislike first person POV, especially present tense, but the author wove such an interesting tale that it didn’t bother me like it normally does.
I enjoyed the characters. It was interesting to see how they reacted to our antique technology and world. I also got attached to both Garren and Freya, even though I only saw them both through Garren’s eyes.
The story itself is more plot driven then character. While I did enjoy the characters, I was really pulled in by the story. Even though it jumps back and forth between Garren’s present and his memories in the future, the transition between the two is smooth and doesn’t interfere with the fast pace of the book.
I would definitely give this one 5 out of 5 controllers. The writing is solid, the story is enthralling and, even if you haven’t read the first book, you can still enjoy the story without getting lost.