Week two of Dystopian August is upon us!  In week one Lenore and I chatted about a book with some magic, technology and a bit of dystopian goodness.  This week we have even more awesomeness to the max!  Like 80′s nostalgia style! So put on your parachute pants and crank up your boom box because we’ve got some like, totally bitchin’ reading to talk about!

Title:  Yesterday [indie bound] [amazon]
Author: Ck Kelly Martin [website] [twitter] [facebook]
Genre:  Dystopian
Publisher: Random House
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher (via Net Galley)
Parental Advisory: violence, terrorism
Teachable Moments: self discovery

Romance

Michelle:
For all the hottie, hot, hotness of Garren and Freya’s intimate moments (holy sexual tension batman!) and all the chemistry they have their romance felt a tad bit like insta-love. But then I’m conflicted on that because of the plot of the story and how and ultimately when their relationship truly started.  Having said all that, I did like them together romantically.  They did work.

Lenore:
Did you know it’s always been a fantasy of mine to be hiding out with a hot guy who previously wasn’t into me but falls for me once he sees how I awesome I am due to our forced togetherness (though obviously I could do without the shady killers on my trail)? I actually think the way Freya and Garren’s relationship progressed felt right for who they were (and who they turned out to be). This author writes really raw, visceral “sex” scenes that are pretty daring for YA but she always makes them true to character and I love that.

Michelle:
I had no idea!  This book is so totally up your alley then, haha!  But don’t you think that there could have been more there from the relationship building perspective?  Like once certain things were revealed about who they were shouldn’t there have been more to that?  Particularly given the revelation their grandfathers provided about the true nature of their relationship?  I could have done with a more gradual movement from platonic to romantic.  BUT, they were hot.  No questions about that.

Lenore:
But Michelle! There wasn’t time for them to go on leisurely dates and talk about their favorite books and read poems to each other. They were on the run! Their hearts were pumping!

Michelle:
I know that, silly!  There was still time enough for them to get to know each other a tad bit.  Multi-task!! You know me, I like that stuff!

80s nostalgia

Michelle:
This was, by far, one of the best parts of the book for me.  As a girl who grew up in the 80s I recognized so much of what Martin portrayed.  From the big shoulder pads to the awesome music I couldn’t get enough of what she was sharing with us.  Not only that but she did it well.  She would just drop something into the story to set the scene or give perspective (like when going to the movies it was The Breakfast Club they were going to see) but still managed not to name drop too much or get so overbearing with it.  It was part of the story but not THE story.

Lenore:
I loved how her new friends were disgusted in her taste in music, and how she couldn’t really explain why she liked the artists she claimed she did. It was very illustrative of how something was off, and it added to her frustration and need to know what was really going on. But of course I thought it was funny for personal reasons too – because I wasn’t allowed to listen to radio in the 80s, so the 80s music I listen to now is the stuff that would have been more underground at the time (like The Smiths) that I never would have liked then (or of course the cheesy stuff, which is just plain fun).

Michelle:
I listened to the music she first referenced but now I lean more towards the New Wave stuff.  The friend Christine really illustrated the differences between the different cliques those days.  She and Derrick being the outcasts because they listened to the less pop-focused music and because they dressed more darkly was right on the money.  Also, who doesn’t love the idea of a guy who looks like the lead singer of Flock of Seagulls roaming through school?

Lenore:
I have to confess I had to think about Chandler of the tv show FRIENDS and his Flock of Seagulls hairdo.