Review: When The World Was Flat by Ingrid Jonach

When the World was Flat - Ingrid JonachPublisher: Strange Chemsitry (September 3rd 2013)
Paperback: 312 pages
Source: Netgalley
Rating:of 5 stars

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.


So much potential but ended up being kind of a flop. I mean really, “epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories”: There’s all this potential for awesome romance across time and through alternate universes (all of space and time!!). But instead we got a typical, uninspiring high school teen angst of a (not-really) romance of “underrated” girl with ‘out-of-your-league” boy who really see’s her. Also a lot of slut-shaming. Not cool.

I’m not even sure what to say. It’s not horrible, just so very stereotypical. I think we actually saw almost every stereotype among the characters (it was like a check list: hot guy? check, bitchy queen bee? check, etc. etc.). It took a long time before we even touched on the “sci-fi” part of the story. Once we got pass all the teen angst and more into the concept of Einstein’s theory it got a bit better. I liked the idea of an alternate universe for every flip side of the coin. Unfortunately this story just didn’t cut it for me. Good try through.

{*Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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