Title: When the World Was Flat
Author: Ingrid Jonach
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Paranormal
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publication Date: September 3rd 2013 in the US and Canada, and 5 September 2013 in the UK, as well as worldwide as ebook and audio.
Source: ARC provided by Publisher/ Provided via Netgalley for Blog Tour
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 is one of those books that definitely make you question yourself and your beliefs. The concept behind this book was totally original. It’s not the typical sci-fi or paranormal kind of book.
This is the story about Lillie, the average girl who’s been having dreams about being killed for months now. In comes Tom, the mysterious and aloof boy who couldn’t care less about Lillie. Why does Lillie feel so drawn to him? What is he hiding from her? When Lillie finally gets the answers she was searching for, her whole world will be turned upside down. Tom, using Einstein’s theories, gives Lillie a whole new understanding of the world she lives in, and that maybe it was never flat to begin with.
OhmyGod. I finished this book a couple of weeks ago, and I still haven’t been able to pick up another book. I’m in a permanent book hangover. Not because of the story, but because of the theories that Ingrid Jonach presented here.
The sci-fi aspect of this book was completely mind-blowing. You were always thinking “wow, that is actually very plausible” or “That seems so real”. I enjoyed reading about how Einstein’s theories were used and modified to fit this story.
Nevertheless, I also saw how this method of modifying theories could have also been a weakness for the book. It made the theories much more difficult or confusing to grasp the first time.
Anyways, other than the sci-fi, I really enjoyed the characters. Lillie was very relatable and so CUTE. That’s the only word I can find for her. I imagine Lillie looking very young and innocent, like someone I can’t help but want to have as my best friend to protect and care for (or maybe I’m just crazy…).
Also, the romance was amazing! I loved reading how the relationship progressed between them, and I found myself falling in love with Tom just like Lillie was.
Tom was so… asdhkfjsfhlaasdfgh. He was sweet and caring, not to mention charming, funny, and adorable ^.^.
To end my review, I’ve got to say that for me, the ending was probably the biggest make it or break it moment. Nearing the end, I was wondering, “How is Ingrid going to put an end to this book? HOW is she going to blow my mind?” And guess what? She found the way to do so. She ended the book on a beautiful note, and yet made me long for more!
Rating: 4 stars
Is there a way of getting over a book hangover? I don’t know if I’d like that remedy anyways, or to just drown in my own feels… I don’t cry in books, not usually. I might be sad, yeah, but not always enough to cry actual river of tears. In The Fault in Our Stars I cried like five tears at most, but felt extremely sad. In Mockingjay I only shed a tear. But in A Walk to Remember and The Last Song I cried like a baby. It’s not that easy. And ladies and gents, Ingrid Jonach has done that to me. I felt my heart being ripped out in those last chapters I can’t seem to get out of my head.
Lillie Hart has been having strange dreams where she always dies, and this have been happening since the news that there was a new boy in her small town in Nebraska. She’s instantly attracted to him, and curious as to why she feels that she knows him, and that somehow they both know each other. Once Lillie starts to discover the truth of her nightmares and strange happenings around her, there’s no going back. A special and beautiful connection between them through time and space might not be enough to make things go back to normal. Even less when there are people behind Tom for not following some special rules that somehow involve Lillie. Once the world goes round, you can’t make it flat again. And once you love and know the truth, you can’t forget.
First off, I’ve seen a couple of reviews with people stating that one of the things they didn’t like in this book was the sci-fi aspect; there wasn’t much of it. I restate that fact. Though, I did like the book, there wasn’t much sci-fi in it. If you’re reading this book because of that, advice, don’t expect much. There is a lil bit, but it’s not the main point in the story, kinda. Imagine the Earth, and a story that happens in it. It’s in the Earth, yeah, but it is not entirely centered in the story. It’s like a secondary element or sub-plot. The main focus in this book is Lillie and how she somehow knows Tom, and the explanations of her weird dreams where she always dies. There are also other things in the story, but it’s mostly completely about what I said, how Lillie discovers a beautiful yet terrifying truth.
I loved how Ingrid incorporated Einstein’s Theory of Everything and Parallel Worlds and Universes. I’ve been recently reading a bit about those things, mostly of books by Michio Kaku, a Physics who makes complex subject look easy for Dummies like me… So it was nice to see how Ingrid twisted those theories in the story and how it all fit in.
I liked the book. Actually, I loved it. I lent my ARC copy to a friend and she says it’s one of her favorite books (if you’re reading this friend, yes, I had to include you xD). Anyways…
I liked the plot and the development of the story, how at first some things are just weird and don’t make any sense at all. But as the story goes, its like opening the blinders to a window and looking outside to the sun rising. We get to understand why things are happening and I found it amazing. The pacing was slow, yes, but I liked it, because it was made that way, my emotions felt more in sync and slowly made my heart to pound louder and louder in my chest.
The writing style was quite easy to read and, in my opinion, appropriate for Young Readers, since this is Young Adult Fiction. There are times when authors write books and they feel so formal and un-young like. There are some experiences where you think “This so not happens in my teen life.” Here though, I felt like I was reading a diary of an actual sixteen-year-old girl, almost as if she was telling it herself to me. It was like I was in her head too, and I love having that connection between the author’s words and my imagination. It makes the reading experience so much better.
I cried with this book. I threw it against my bed and screamed at it and laughed and cried more and laughed hysterically while sobbing. Maybe not that dramatic, but you get my idea…
I still have, after four or so weeks later, a book hangover. Wow, right? It’s not only how the book ended, but the science elements presented in this book. I’ve always wondered about time travel and parallel universes, and this just blew of my mind. I’m usually always thinking “Oh in another world, I did this other thing, or that…” and so on. But with this book, that’s shown in a way that you just can’t help but think if it’s all real! And books that leave that mark in me deserve an award. Period.
And the other thing that left me hungover… the ending. Oh.My.God. Other than this, I can’t remember when I was so shocked with an ending. I was sad, and hopeful, angry, oh beyond angry, and frustrated from Earth to the other side of the Milky Way Galaxy and back. Like really, WHO ENDS A BOOK THAT WAY?!?!
I find it horrible that someone dares to hurt me in that way… Ingrid, if you’re reading this, congrats, you’re among my list of authors like John Green, Suzanne Collins and Karen Amanda Hooper that leave me unsatisfied with the ending of their books, in a good way I suppose. It’s frustrating because I don’t get to know what happens then! There’s this reaaaally important detail between Lillie and Tom, and the book ends in this sentence that just… Ugh. Words aren’t enough to describe this. I felt like my copy was missing at least ten pages. But when I think of it, it was good, because I probably wouldn’t have liked what happened if more was added, it wouldn’t have left me wondering, wanting and imagining so many possibilities. I suppose there won’t be a sequel. Or maybe there will be but with different characters and same sci-fi concept of parallel worlds. Dunno. SO all in all, a great (AND FRUSTRATING) ending.
Would I read more by Ingrid Jonach? Heck yeah I will. She has proven to be worthy of reading time. Extremely extraordinary. From amazing characters (SWOOOON for TOM *.*), intriguing plot, and shocking endings, she’s a keeper.
Anyone searching for a good romantic novel between teenagers, with a slice of sci-fi and a beautiful tale, read this, like NOW. It will leave you speechless.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Guest Post: Working as a Writer By Ingrid Jonach
I have to confess that I am extremely envious of full-time writers. I work in a relatively demanding day job, which in peak periods has been known to keep me at my desk until the early hours of the morning (thankfully that is not every day!). I do get a strong sense of satisfaction from my job. It pays the bills, but it also keeps my brain active and I am constantly learning new skills. A few days of solid writing and I tend to turn into a zombie with unwashed hair, who has forgotten that one does not go to the shops in ones pajamas. That being said, while I am buttering my bread at work there is that little voice in my head that is calling (no, screaming) for me to finish my latest manuscript.
But, despite the few press releases touting million dollar advances, ninety-nine point nine percent (warning: made-up percentage) of authors receive an average advance of less than $US15,000 for a product that has taken years to produce. Even the high advances are not as flash as they sound once you break it down. Novelist Walter Kirn (author of Thumbsucker and Up in the Air) told the New York Times that a low six-figure advance had allowed him to work at less than minimum wage for three years.
As a result, many writers have a day job, just like me. I am always fascinated to read about the day jobs of famous authors. It seems that teaching and journalism go hand-in-hand with creative writing. The aforementioned Kirn used to teach non-fiction writing at the University of Montana.
The illustrious J.K. Rowling was an English teacher in Portugal. Ernest Hemingway was a journalist who wrote for the Toronto Star Weekly and a journal called Cooperative Commonwealth (he also served in World War I).
But there are many authors who have worked in very odd jobs in order to make ends meet. For example:
Anne Rice worked in a string of jobs, including as an insurance claims examiner.
Roald Dahl wored for the Shell Oil Company in Tanzania before serving in the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot in World War II (I know, very cool).
George Orwell was an officer or the Indian Imperial Police in Burma.
T.S. Eliot worked in Llyod’s Bank of London.
Stephen King was a janitor at a high school (which was where he got his inspiration for Carrie).
This might be the most random… J. D. Salinger (Author of The Catcher in the Rye) worked briefly as the entertainment director on a Swedish luxury liner called the HMS Kungsholm.
I have been lucky that any of my day jobs have been related to my writing. I kicked off my career working at a newspaper and my first children’s book (The Frank Frankie) was actually about a girl who starts her own newspaper (they do say to write what you know!) I then worked in public relations, developing and implementing communications strategies for clients. This taught me publicity skills, which I am putting to work here on my blog tour! My current job with the Australian Public Service is probably as far removed from the world of creative writing as I have ever been, however, it does involve research and engagement, as well as meeting many deadlines. These are all valuable skills for being an author, potentially much more valuable than being able to fly a fighter jet or process insurance claims.
Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults, including the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan, and When the World was Flat (and we were in love) published by Strange Chemistry.
Since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Hons) in 2005, Ingrid has worked as a journalist and in public relations, as well as for the Australian Government.
Ingrid loves to promote reading and writing, and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools and literary festivals across Australia, where she lives with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.
Despite her best efforts, neither Craig nor Mooshi read fiction.
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