When The World Was Flat (And We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach

WhenTheWorldWasFlatI picked up and ARC of When the World Was Flat (And We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach on NetGalley a couple weeks ago and just got the chance to read it. Here is the blurb from the publishers:

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.

First off, can we just talk about that cover for a second? Holy beautiful typography. I know the whole “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” thing but c’mon, this one is pretty easy on the eyes.

Unfortunately, what was behind the cover was just….okay. The story didn’t blow me away, which is kinda disappointing because it had such potential! The whole concept behind the mysterious Lillie/Tom thing is so interesting. It’s a concept that I have not come across in any novels yet, and is extremely original. It just wasn’t executed well.

Don’t get me wrong, Ingrid Jonach’s writing is fabulous, that isn’t the problem. The story just didn’t have enough time. It’s like everything was going at a fair pace for the first three quarters of the book, and then everything else just gets crammed in the end, which is all of the important stuff!! This concept could have easily been turned into a two or three book series and would have been fantastic! I feel like there is just so much more to the story that Ingrid wanted to tell, but for some reason decided not too. I am not sure if it was a publishing thing, or a personal decision she made, but I wish the story would have been given more time to grow. I definitely would have read Lillie’s story for a couple more books. Is it too late to make that happen? Please?

All that said, it is a fun book. It’s not very long and is a good read. The pacing makes it seem almost as if you are watching a movie, rather than reading a book. It may just leave you wanting more at the end, but not in the best way.


When the World Was Flat (And We Were in Love) is due to be released September 3, 2013.


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