When the World was Flat (And We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach



Thank you Netgalley and Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot for an ARC in exchange for an honest interview.

4.5 stars


If you finish a book in one day, on the day when you have a big Iftaar party at your house, it goes without saying that the book is good.

I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but what drew me to this book was the title and the pretty, pretty cover. Needless to say, I was not disappointed at all.

Here’s the plot synopsis:

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.

The thing about this book is that it starts a bit late. I was well into 50% of the text when the main plot line manifested. But even then I thoroughly enjoyed the character build up.

My favorite characters: 

Deb: Lillie’s mother. Totally hipster-ish, the kind who who wears happy pants and peace beads. I absolutely adored her.

Tom: Hot guy. Broody. Gentleman in an alternate dimension. Need I say more?

Sylv: Lillie’s friend.  Equal amounts of spunk and sass. Rebel to the core. Loved her.


On the other hand, Lillie, the protag didn’t really pull me much. She was sort of, I don’t know… bland? She had her fun moments and witty dialogues but I was rooting for a happy ending more for Tom’s sake than hers.

The reason why I loved the book was because it was so different! I’m not a physics kinda person, but I’m all for learning new things and the theories mentioned here will definitely give me a lot of things to read up on. And the random bits of trivia are really interesting too!

The sci-fi melded with the romance was really refreshing. There was a lot of ‘love’ in this book (hint: the title) and for someone like me, that is not a bad thing.  Parts of it were really spooky and had me thinking about alternate dimensions of my own life.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes sci-fi, YA and cute, heart-warming romance.



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