I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Strange Chemistry on September 3, 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: the publisher
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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.
This was an intriguing book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It plays with the fantasy genre, and the concept of love that extends beyond our own world and universe, and borrows from physics (yeah, that’s right. Albert Einstein, no less!) to help make the story believable enough. I won’t lie, there were a few things that had me confused, but it all comes together in the end.
The story starts even before Lillie meets Tom, when she starts to change in a myriad of ways. She’s having nightmares where she’s being killed over and over, and her entire personality seems to go through a shift almost overnight. Even her friends have commented on how she’s different. Of course, there are some things that stay the same, such as her love for photography and how much she cares about her friends.
When Lillie meets Tom, however, things start to pick up and she starts to remember more about her dreams, even as she’s being drawn in towards Tom. She’s captivated by the new student, and she spends a lot of time obsessing over him. It doesn’t help that she’s seeing him in her dreams, the two of them together and in love. But are these dreams or memories? And what’s with all the dreams of her being murdered… by herself?
This was a fantastic and strange tale that is not meant for someone who just wants some light reading. It requires intelligence and the time to read this one. And honestly, I still think I need to read this one again, I’m so sure that there are other nuances I didn’t pick up on as I was reading. And of course the science. This isn’t the first novel that I’ve read that has used physics to explain strange things that have happened, or are happening, but it is one of the better ones. You don’t need to understand Einstein’s work to keep up, but it does add that special something to the story.
The characters were incredibly well-developed, and when one changes it makes an impact on the story, and on all the other characters as well. This is a story where each character plays a role, and that role is intrinsic to the rest of the characters’ roles as well, creating a tightly woven network of characters that are all essential to the story instead of just being random filler to eat up the pages.
If this is only a début YA novel from Ingrid Jonach, then I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. I cannot recommend this enough, especially if you enjoy books that make you sit down and think about love, life, the universe and our place within it.