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)