Review: When the World Was Flat (and We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach

October 1, 2013 Book Review 21

When the World Was Flat

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.


More of a contemporary novel than anything else, When the World Was Flat (And We Were In Love) asks the reader to examine the choices one makes. But it is also a science fiction work that shows you the possibilities of what could be or might be.

Lillie and Tom have a very special connection. There is something about his arrival to town that might be tied to Lillie’s now nightmare filled dreams of her being murdered over and over again. The nightmare aspect was excellent! Who hasn’t dreamed of being murdered? I think this part will really resonate with any reader.

I wish there was more basis to this relationship between Lillie and Tom.  It wasn’t given enough weight for me and thus I didn’t care as much what happened between the two of them. I was more interested in Lillie and Jackson because there was more development there. The pace as a bit slow going until you get past the 120 page mark.

Overall, the premise was an excellent one (which I can’t tell you about because of spoilers) – but I found it to be a strong idea and that part of the book really worked for me and was done well. When the World was Flat was an extremely quick read and quite enjoyable, if a bit light on the development of the main character’s relationships.


When the World Was Flat (and We Were in Love)

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21 Responses to “Review: When the World Was Flat (and We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      It was rather slow moving the first half. Then it sped up a bit. It was still enjoyable but I think I’d only recommend it to YA contemp readers.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I kind of like the simplicity of the cover. I didn’t request it at first either but I have been trying to give contemp a try and thought hey…it’s got sci fi in it. I enjoyed it but I think I would have enjoyed it more if there were more going on in the first half.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks! yeah I could totally understand why it is getting the mixed reviews. It moves very slow the first half as well as the first half feeling purely contemporary and the second half moving fast and being sci-fi. So yeah it was odd that way.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      No there is character development – what I meant is there isn’t a lot of relationship development between the main character and the supporting character whom she has a romantic interest in.

      • Pamela D

        That is good to hear that there is character development. I hate when characters remain the same from the beginning to the end of the book. That is still disappointing to hear that the relationship wasn’t developed better. Thanks for clarifying for me! Clearly, rewarding myself with reading blogs after going crossed-eyed from reading my dissertation wasn’t a good idea! 🙂
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  1. Wendy Darling

    I was curious about this one but hadn’t seen very many reviews yet. I actually like the idea of scifi that’s written like a contemporary, because sometimes that can be really interesting. Thanks for your review!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I thought it would be a good one for me to try since I don’t often read contemporary fiction. I enjoyed it but definitely felt there was some room for improvement. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. erinf1

    thanks for the honest review! Like everyone else I’ve read very mixed reviews so I think this is gonna be a borrow 🙂

  3. Anne Consolacion

    I’m not really a follower of contemporary novels but this might be a good one to read. And you’ve mentioned that this is a quick read and quite enjoyable, I might pick it up.
    Thanks for sharing this review. 🙂

  4. Cali W.

    Great review! I love contemporary books like this because they are a nice relaxing read. 😉

  5. Jaime Lester

    I am crazy about this ones cover. The dream aspect is the most interesting part. I think I will definitely read this one, if the opportunity ever presents itself!