Author: Ingrid Jonach
Publication date: September 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
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.
There are those books that you go on a book binge with because you are constantly slogging through rising action to get to the climax before you can put it down, but upon reaching the climax you continue along to see that all your favorite characters make it through the story safely. This is nothing like that. This is a book that is so beautifully written it reads almost like a movie narrator guiding you through the vivid imagery that the author has created. This book was fascinating for the first page, to the very last. It was, by far, THE best book I have ever read. I don't say things like that often. I may give raving reviews, but I write just as many middle-of-the-road and fundamentally disappointing ones as well. I have read my share of books, especially since becoming a book blogger, so when I say this is the best, I expect your ears perked and your interest peaked.
This story is a love story for the ages. About a teenage girl, Lillie, who recognizes a new boy in town as someone she knows in the very core of her heart, but doesn't have any memory of. Who Tom was to Lillie was a thought that plagued our female protagonist throughout the book. Tom tries to keep Lillie at arm's length in hopes of their secret past being kept unshared. Lillie, however, is not the type of girl to let a mystery go unsolved. Especially one which could tell her why she feels drawn to this strange boy.
The love story is just one aspect of this story. It is also a well versed analysis into String Theory founded by Albert Einstein. When described in the book it is basically said that every decision a person makes causes dimensional splits. Say, you're invited to a party. You can either go to the party or not go to the party. In one dimension you WOULD go to the party and in another you may not. It's fascinating and had me pondering all the decisions I make on a daily basis and how that could cause various dimensions and different outcomes entirely.
This book, as I said, was the best book I have ever read. When I flipped to the last page, I burst into heart-wrenching tears. I cried while clutching the book to my chest and rocking back and forth in a misery of blurry vision and a broken heart. I didn't want to say goodbye to Tom and Lillie. I didn't want the book to end. I wanted to continue for another 310 pages. I wanted Tom and Lillie to have their seventh dimension fairytale ending (read the book!). I need more, Ingrid, I just... need... more...
When the World was Flat (and we were in love) is a mastery of literature in which scientific theories are coupled with an unforgettable romance that spans time and space. It is a book that will have you gasping with your heart in your throat, sobbing until your eyes are red and puffy, and swooning as if the world were bright and shiny all day, every day.
- a signed copy of When the World was Flat (and we were in love)
- a pair of silver plated key-shaped earrings in a When the World was Flat (and we were in love) gift box
- a When the World was Flat (and we were in love) bookmark