Review: Tomorrow

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Review: TomorrowTomorrow by C.K. Kelly Martin
Series: Yesterday #2
Published by Author on October 10, 2013
Genres: Alternate History, Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Time Travel
Pages: 242
Format: ARC
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three-stars

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.

Oddly enough, I consider myself a bit C.K. Kelly Martin fan, even if I’ve never actually rated any of her books in the 4.5/5 range, though I’ve still got some to read yet (since I’ve purchased all of her backlist), so maybe one of them will get me there. That may be weird. With ratings in the 3-4 range, you might not think that she’s an author I love. However, what I expect from Martin and what she always delivers is something unique. C.K. Kelly Martin books aren’t like every other book, in subject matter or in tone, and this is what keeps me coming back.

Tomorrow is a sequel and/or companion novel to Yesterday, which came out last year from Random House. Martin’s self-publishing Tomorrow, something I actually didn’t realize until the book arrived, because the cover matches pretty well. With self-publishing come questions of editing, so let me address those first. Tomorrow has definitely been edited. I only noted a couple of grammatical errors within Tomorrow‘s pages, and, considering that I read an ARC version, the final should be quite clean.

While I wouldn’t necessarily want to read Tomorrow without having read Yesterday first, I do see where one could skip to this one. Frankly, my memories of Yesterday were quite fuzzy, and Martin does a good job recapping the key events for the reader. Plus, with the POV swap, there’s a new angle on some of the same events, while also taking the past timeline much further. For those who are fresh out of Yesterday, just skip the prologue, which does a quick recap of the main events.

Where Yesterday was from Freya’s point of view, Tomorrow is from Garren’s. Martin proved her talent at writing in a male voice in My Beating Teenage Heart and does so again here. While I do miss Freya’s narration, from a plot perspective Garren makes sense and Martin does the narrative voice well.

In some ways, the plot of Tomorrow is similar to that in Yesterday. Garren and Freya are young, in love, and on the run from agents of the U.N.A., the future government. Hiding out in the 1980s thanks to a freak time travel portal, Freya and Garren can tell that the U.N.A. are trying to change the future, in which the environment has been destroyed, terrorism’s running high, and nuclear war could break out again at any time. Compared to 2063, 1986 is paradise. Unfortunately, the government just won’t leave them alone. What I love most about this is the unique way that this dystopian plot resolves. View Spoiler » Actually, the ending’s rather open-ended and definitely not black and white, but it really sets Tomorrow apart from the slew of dystopian offerings that end with the protagonists heroes, the government overthrown, and everything perfect again.

Briefly, I also want to highlight another distinction from so many other futuristic novels: the positive attitudes towards homosexuality. In so many dystopian futures, women are second class citizens, as are homosexuals, if they’re even mentioned at all. In Martin’s vision of 2063, gay couples are accepted like any other couples. I mean, sure, there are problems, but progress in one area at least!

Unfortunately, Tomorrow was rather slow going for such a short book. Tomorrow‘s very plot- and world building-focused, and, as a character reader, I struggled. Both are interesting, but there wasn’t enough of the interaction between Freya and Garren that I found so compelling in Yesterday. There was just so much information coming at me in large chunks.

C.K. Kelly Martin’s Tomorrow is a good companion, though Yesterday happened to be a bit more my speed. I especially recommend this series for readers who highly prize world building and unique concepts.

Favorite Quote:

“I wish I had your mothers for parents. They’re so cool.”
That was something I hadn’t expected, even after hearing her argue with her mom—that someone like Freya Kallas would respect Bening and Rosine, whose beliefs were contrary to almost everything she’d grown up with.
“A lot of people think they’re kooks,” I said, my shoulders stuck in a half-shrug.
“Only stupid people. And who cares what stupid people think?”

4 responses to “Review: Tomorrow”

  1. Giselle says:

    I really like this cover! I did read Yesterday but I remember absolutely nothing from that book O_O. Like I have bad memory but usually not that bad haha. Anyways it’s good that she takes time to recap so if I do read it I won’t be completely lost. I like that it’s told in another POV this time – and a boy’s nonetheless. They’re often my fav. And the similar plot from book 1 won’t bug me much seeing as I remember nothing lolz. I do like greatly built worlds but I’m also a huge character oriented reader so I’d likely feel the same on that front. I don’t like when one has to be sacrificed to have the other, either. I want it all, dammit!!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      Ha, I remembered very little, mostly just the swoony scene where Freya’s like LET’S GO. Ha, Martin writes THE BEST sexy scenes like ever. It’s ridic.

      But, yeah, the recap was very helpful in this case. Damn you, brain, and you’re inability to remember things. It did come back to me now, ala Celine Dion, though.

      I also want it all. I would also like all my reads to be 4.5/5 star reads.

  2. Meg says:

    I am intrigued. Is there another book coming or is she stopping at two? I like companion novels, but I’m a little burnt out on dystopians (Allegiant being the final nail in that coffin) so if there’s a third I might wait to read them all at once.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      So far as I know, stopping at two. The ending’s somewhat open, but it felt like the characters themselves were done, if that makes any sense. Like, there’s still world stuff that you could read about, but I don’t think it would involve the MCs.

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