Title: When the World Was Flat (And We Were in Love)
Author: Ingrid Jonach
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
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From the Publisher: 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.
I really really dislike how this book ended.
And I mean really. And that means this review is going to have spoilers. When I rant, I spoil. Sorry!
This book had so much potential. The story, while not wholly unique, was refreshing when it seems that every other book out there is about vampires (while I don’t dislike vampire stories, I do like other things thrown into the mix!).
But the execution? The execution was very poor.
The love story portion of the book is similar to that of The Immortals series by Alyson Noel. It spans centuries and multiple lives. The Lillie that we know and love is not the first Lillie that Tom has fallen in love with.
It’s also similar to Twilight (but then, what isn’t these days?) in that Tom tries so very hard to stay away from Lillie. But they keep being drawn together. Even when he’s rude to her. He’s forced to save her life (not from an a van skidding on ice, but from a train that hits the car she’s a passenger in when her friend decides to play chicken). Okay – so maybe he doesn’t save her life so much as pummel the “friend” for putting her in danger.
And the entire book – after he shares the secret and they end up together – he spends it dedicated to not giving in to the call of the secret – to not taking life (I know that doesn’t make sense – but I am trying not to be too spoilery here. Some people will think that this was a brilliant book).
But in the end? He makes the easy decision for love.
And they all lived happily ever after.
EXCEPT THEY SHOULDN’T.
I wanted to throw the book – except I was reading on my iPad, so I couldn’t.
I was so angry at the way he chose the easy out after preaching against it the entire book. And for what? So he could have love?
I’m not even convinced he got love!
Think about it this way – who did Rose Tyler end up with? Did she end up the Doctor? She ended up with a Doctor yes – but not her Doctor. And the choice that Tom made at the end of the book ensured that Lillie ended up with a Tom – but not her Tom.
But that’s not even the worst part! The worst part is that Tom didn’t even have a guarantee that his choice would end up the way it did. It could have ended up as murder instead of suicide (because, let’s be honest – that’s what it was). And after spending the book swearing he wouldn’t murder – to give in the way that he did, as quickly as he did, it just didn’t make sense and it was too easy and was just a quick way to get to HEA.
And I didn’t like it one bit.
What Others Are Saying:
- Book Nerd Reviews: I cannot pin-point exactly what fascinated me, but Ingrid’s writing style is charismatic and refreshing and the story is intriguing from the very beginning.
- Uncorked Thoughts: I am a massive lover of strong female figures and I definitely felt that Lillie lacked in this. She was far too reliant on Tom and her whole hyperventilating scenes brought to mind Twilight, something that will instantly downgrade the novel for me.
- Rainy Day Ramblings: It is unique and it has depth and science. If you want a read that will make you think and open your mind to new possibilities, invest some time with When the World Was Flat and We Were in Love.