Series: Forget Tomorrow #2
Also in this series: Forget Tomorrow
Published by Entangled Teen on 10/4/16
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Blog Tour, NetGalley
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Very small mention of nudity)
The sequel to the sci-fi hit Forget Tomorrow is a twisting, turning roller-coaster ride—the perfect sci-fi futuristic read.
Seventeen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries -- if only she'd let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do.
But when she discovers the past isn't what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She'll do anything to change her past -- even if it means aligning herself with the enemy she swore to defeat.
***NOTE: Remember Yesterday is the sequel to the NYT Bestselling and RITA™ Award-winning book, Forget Tomorrow. This review may contain spoilers for the first book in the series. If you haven’t read book one, click the link to read my review of Forget Tomorrow to read about why I loved the first book and then scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter for a chance to win an annotated copy!!!***
Remember Yesterday picks up ten years after Forget Tomorrow left off and is told from Jessa’s POV. Jessa is now about the age that Callie had been when she sacrificed herself for her sister, and she’s trying to live up to that and make her life worth the sacrifice. Logan hasn’t been able to move on with his life since Callie died, either, and it seems that many of the characters in the book are living in the past in some ways. Jessa has never been able to forget what the scientists did to her all those years ago, and she wants to do anything she can to defy them. But she finds herself wrapped up with them in inexplicable ways and can’t quite find a way out that won’t destroy the people she loves.
What Fed My Addiction:
- Jessa’s struggles to feel worthy. One major element of the story is how Jessa struggles to feel worthy of Callie’s sacrifice. She goes through life feeling like she should not have been the one to survive—that Callie made the wrong choice. Everyone around her loved Callie, and Jessa feels like they only love her by extension, not for who she truly is. She feels like she has to somehow live up to Callie’s example and prove herself worthy, but she also feels like that’s an impossible task. Some of these themes are repeated with another character, but I feel like talking too much about that would be spoilerish, so I’ll just say that I felt a lot of empathy for both characters.
- Twisty time travel. I love time travel stories when they’re done right, and this is one of those cases where it’s definitely done right. We learned in the first book that Callie and Jessa’s father traveled through time and never returned when Callie was very young. Well, in this book, the time travel element comes into play even more, and there are lots of mind-bending ramifications. The time travel combined with the idea of “fate” or unchangeable events makes for a complex story, but it’s all told in a way that makes perfect sense. I loved some of the moments where characters realized how things “had” to play out.
- The romance. Jessa’s complicated feelings about herself and her past play into the romance and add extra complications. Because of this, the romantic connection moves at a perfect pace. Slow-burning enough to build tension and believability, but not so stuck that it’s frustrating. I LOVED the romantic interest and how his story unfolded. Won’t say more than that to avoid spoilers.
What Left Me Hungry for More:
- Not much. This is one of those books where I can’t think of much to say that’s negative. Anything I write here will be nitpicky. Sure there are a couple of cliché’s, but they’re cushioned between so much excitement and uniqueness that I can’t bring myself to complain about them.
I cannot wait to see what Dunn has in store for the next (final?) book in this series. The ending of this book set us up for a completely new direction in book three, and promises plenty more twists and turns! I give this installment 4.5/5 stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley and Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About the Author:
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journel.
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include The Darkest Lie and the forthcoming Remember Yesterday.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.