Book Review: When the World was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid JonachThursday, October 17, 2013
When the World was Flat (And we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach
(Started: August 19, 2013; Finished: August 21, 2013)
Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.
When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.
But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.
When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.
Review: 3 starsAn epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself. (From Goodreads)
Publication Date: September 03, 2013
Source: Strange Chemistry & the Author
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari
Available on: Amazon
To start this, can I just say that it has a wonderful cover? There's something about it that I'm drawn to. Maybe it's the enigmatic feel of the cover which was also magnetic that I got curious to open and read it at once. I am such a sucker for pretty covers. It is a weakness that I have to live by--an appreciation of art that unravels the story of the author before it even unfolds.
Moving on, I've always been fascinated by stories about reincarnation and love. In fact, one of the first books I've ever read was about that. This topic always leave me pondering if there is a truth about the after life--if we can live another life and start anew after we reach the end of another. That's one of the things I liked about this book. It shared another perspective of reincarnation which was leading towards a scientific basis. I really appreciate it that the author introduced another mind-boggling idea on how and why it happens. It paved way to new possibilities and made me think if such phenomenon really occurs. It sort of reminded me of Kim Curran's Shift and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, not because of plot similarities but because of the shifting and horcruxes. You'll understand why when you read it. Though I was a little bit concern on how everything was explained. Usually, topics involving time warping and reincarnation are very confusing so it should be narrated with precise details and in a vivid manner. There were times that I felt lost and it took me long to fully grasp the explanation by rereading some lines or pages again. Fortunately, I was able to get by.
Plot-wise, it started a bit slow and I was wary that I found myself already reading half of the book, and nothing happened that was that explosive yet. But to be fair, I was not able to predict the twists and that's good because it gave me the thrill and excitement I needed to get from the book. I also like the events towards the end. It was so full of emotions dominated by heartbreaks and longing. For some reason, I was able to connect with Lillie in that moment. I also like the ending! It was a perfect cliffhanger that I was wishing the story was longer and/or the book has a sequel. I wanted to know what will happen next--will they stop the Circle? It left me with so many questions that I wanted a further exploration on that realm.
Overall, it was an entertaining read, focusing on one great love that will endure centuries and will last through time with the help of Einstein's theory.
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Happy Reading Everyone!