October 16, 2013

Tomorrow Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Tomorrow blog tour! Today I have my review of the book and don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the tour wide giveaway!

Tomorrow (Yesterday #2)
Author: C.K. Kelly Martin

Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopia
Release Date: October 10, 2013
Publisher: Random House


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 a thrilling young adult science fiction/dystopian novel that continues to follow main characters Freya and Garren as they find an escape from the horrible future of 2063 and go back in time to the year 1986. Leaving behind the terrible conditions and problems of the future allows Freya and Garren to start fresh in the past - until they begin to remember who they truly are. Now they're on the run because the past is no longer safe and the future is coming for them. While on the run, they learn of a dark plot to alter the past's path and those behind it will stop at nothing to see it through. When Freya is taken, it's up to Garren to save not only her but the future as well.

I haven't read the first book in this series, but I had no problem keeping up with the plot line or the characters while reading this book. It definitely can be read as a stand alone novel without having read the prior book. I liked getting to know Freya and Garren - how they met and got to know each other, how they fell in love, what their plans are. They are both well written with great personalities and distinctive strengths and weaknesses that make them realistic and easy to identify with. The book takes place in two different times - that of the future in 2063 and in the past of 1986. It was interesting to go back and forth between those times to see the major changes that had happened and how things in the past altered the future. I loved learning about the dystopian future that the characters lived in. It was very well written with an intricate history, vivid imagery, and detailed descriptions that made it easy for me to imagine myself there. The future that is described in the novel isn't that hard to imagine and I could actually see our world becoming that place if things don't change - which freaked me out a bit. It was a realistic dystopia and not far-fetched at all, which I think makes it that more scary to think about. The writing was well done with a natural pace and a great flow that had me easily flying through the pages to see what would happen. Recommended for fans of science fiction and dystopias.

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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