When the World Was Flat (and we were in love)
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.
This book sounded so great but in the end I was just a little underwhelmed I guess. To begin with this book is based on a difficult premise, there is lot’s of theory involved. For me it’s pretty simple: either you find a way to explain it well without the use of fancy terms used by Einstein, or you explain it more completely while using more specialized terminology. This book took the middle road and I’m just not a big fan of that. And the thing that actually bothered me most about this book is that this cool premise is just backdrop for a strange love story and high school drama.
The setting I liked, the small town were every new kid is instantly a celebrity is a nice. The people I did not like. The only one I really liked was Lillie’s mother. I didn’t like Lillie, for her insta-love and the slutshaming of her best friend. Oh and did I mention she can be extremely slow on the uptake? Most of the characters are pretty one dimensional in this story. If someone is the love interest that’s all they will be, if someone is the mean high school girl, that’s all you get to be. There’s no complex character building going on here, there’s no growth, no real feel to the characters.
As I said above: I was just so underwhelmed by this book. The synopsis and the cover made me very curious to read for this book and it went downhill from there. The whole story could have been so much more if the characters hadn’t been as flat and there had been more interesting relationships between the characters. The story, like the characters (and the earth) were very flat and it left me feeling empty. And for a book that claims to be a love story I wasn’t so hooked on the love.