Author: Ingrid Jonach
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry (Thank you!)
Description: 312 pages, Young Adult Fiction
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.
An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.
Truth be told, I wanted more than anything else to love this book with reservation. Dismally enough, such may only occur in a parallel universe. I know for a fact that I’m not into science fiction as much I should be, so in that light, I give the book credit for captivating me with it’s premise. Though the book featured a myriad of plot holes, loose threads, and unsettled qualms that worked only to fluster and throw me off balance, I didn’t find myself as despondent and upset with the outcome as I had previously been anticipating. The book began quite languidly, though I was hardly bothered by this. I actually admired how Lillie gathered her thoughts, and thought that she was an unyielding and independent person whose lack of self esteem was a product of her upbringing instead of innate. However, the consistent slut-shaming was disturbing and vexatious, and while the plot did not come to sorry a compromise in terms of originality, the complicated science behind the story was explained, and nowhere near adequately so. Suffice it to say, the book did not meet any of my previous expectations, unless you count the fact that Tom Windsor-Smith only stopped short of being a god (which, as it is, served only to aggravate me further).
Science And Faith
Lillie Hart was a simple-minded girl who lived most her life in the shadows, not daring to dream outside of the dreary Nebraskan town that she called, but did not believe, to be her home. I, at first, was fascinated by her peculiar mindset and the living, breathing idiosyncrasy that was her mother. However, I completely shunned the way with which she usually described her so-called “best friends”, and as aforementioned, the slut-shaming in this book was endless. At some point, I began asking myself why I was even reading it in the first place. And though it pains me to say so, due to the circumstances that surrounded Lillie’s romantic encounters, I wasn’t able to truly feel any real connection between her and Tom, not even when everything was starting to (somehow) fall into place. Nevertheless, I’m not going to badger on about her innumerable pitfalls and weaknesses– on the flip side, I was able to appreciate how stable she was in the face of her nightmares, and how easy it was for her to forego her rash decisions and instead listen to the guidance provided by her friends and family. And though her instant attraction to Tom proved nothing, she at least decided not to give up too easily on him. Considering the alternatives, the ending was quite preferable.
The Theory Of You And Me
Tom was the epitome of perfection, supremacy and transcendence. He was drop-dead gorgeous, had a British accent, had everyone wrapped around his pinkie finger and could probably buy out the entirety of Green Grove without breaking a sweat. Logically enough, he then proceeds to noticing (duh) a nobody like Lillie. As such, he didn’t feel authentic or human to me, and I found it hard to understand what his deal was. Though I can admit that many of his scenes with Lillie were heartwarming, I could have done with a smoother development as opposed to the change that took place within him, which seemed forced more than anything else. However, I am going to give his appearance credit, because he certainly provided an element of mystery to the book, making it a fast-paced read that I would have given up on had I not felt the urge to turn one page after another.
In A World Full Of Strangers
While I wasn’t too impressed with how the story handled the science behind it, I do commend the book for piecing together various formulas and theories from history and using them to create a pioneer world more riveting and incredible than our own. However, I do wish it focused a bit more on the science, instead of piling up countless queries only to rush into answering them seconds later. It may have been that I didn’t understand the why’s and how’s simply because my knowledge of Einstein’s work is severely inadequate, although I do believe that you don’t have to be a quantum physicist of sorts to be able to read this book and enjoy it. Needless to say, it didn’t work for me the way it should have. Though Sylv (slut-shaming victim) may have been my favorite character in this book, I do believe that with a little less unnecessary drama, and a little more character and plot development, When The World Was Flat wouldn’t have to fall flat.
If you’re looking for an exciting, romantic read, and do not give two shits about my opinions (and even if you did, and are not ready to give up) I suggest you try this book out. Who knows, it may be more to your liking than mine 🙂
P.S. Please don’t mind the live redesigning of my blog. I don’t have time to go on a hiatus. I hope you like the changes though. I’ll try too coordinate previous posts with newer ones if I get to.
P.S. Because this book was an ARC copy that may yet be corrected and edited before publication, I will not include any direct quotes from the book.