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Review: When the world was flat And we were in love by Ingrid Jonach

Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 312
Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Strange Chemistry
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Synopsis:
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.

An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.


Rating: 5/5

I have started reading this book after being intrigued by it's title and synopsis. I was really curious about the plot and I am really glad that I did so!

Starting slowly, with the protagonist's simple life, I was a little unsure if I have made the right decision to begin reading this book but my doubts were nowhere to be found when the plot blew my mind off! The author's really brilliant and interesting ideas about parallel universes and other things that are based on Einstein's lifetime searches made me sink deeper and deeper into this book.

Tom, a new transfer student that comes at Lillie's school, is no doubt really strange and mysterious since the very beginning. His looks towards Lillie make her heart skip a beat but she will keep having doubts after doubts about his intentions since he is usually distant and keeps everything for himself.

One step at a time, the story makes Tom and Lillie's encounters more and more frequent and so are Lillie's strange dreams in which she is killed.

I really did not expect the explanation of Tom and Lillie's relation. I was really attracted by Jonach's idea of soulmates and parallel universes. I felt that this became a really profound book at times (especially for me) and I could not put it down when the story captured me.

Not only were there really amazing theories about the above mentioned things, but there were also other explanations for the actual meaning of Déjà vus for example, explanations that made me really think more about what this Universe is keeping secret from us.

As I have mentioned before, the book was slowly paced at the begining but then it became a roller coaster which left me curious of the ending. the actual endng was not really WOW but I found it really lovely and the picture that formed in my mind was a really pretty one. I will just say this: it ends with Lillie (not going to say which Lillie since there are more than one - yes, you hear me right! - ), Tom (same goes for him, not telling which Tom) and a box. But I will not say what is in the box. That was a really nice thought thing by the author!

There are also some secondary characters that play an important place in this book but this time I want to keep my focus just on Tom and Lillie.

The author also introduces something new in the story: The Evacuees, people from other parallel worlds that can escape from there and go into other universes.


This is a must for those who love SF + romance stories but I am sure that it is much more different from others (different in a good way)! This might not be a book for those geeks (I am a geek too so no offense coming from me) who stick to their scientifict already prooved theories. This is a book that is recommended for those open-minded, who can imagine much more of what this Universe is/seems to be at the moment.


Quotes:
"Tom grimaced and I knew he was about to hit me with another bombshell. "Lillie, there is no such thing as imagination."

"Huh?"

"The human brain can record information, but it cannot make it up. What you call imagination is in fact your memories from other dimensions." "

"And even though I knew we spent hundreds of years together, I started counting the seconds until tomorrow anyway."

"His words warmed me to the core. I had been worried we were so alike that I would continue to wonder if it was me or her that he was kissing."



 
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