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.
My rating: 2.75 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Angry Robot and Netgalley.)
16-year-old Lillie lives in a small town where a new boy at school is major news. So when Tom arrives she goes out of her way to dress nice for him, in hopes of finally getting a boyfriend.
Tom doesn’t seem interested though, and Lillie is confused by dreams in which she is pregnant with his child.
Why does Lillie feel like she has met Tom before? Are her dreams really memories? And what will it take for them to be together?
This was an okay sci-fi romance, but that was as good as it got really.
Lillie was an okay character, she seemed a fairly normal teenager who wanted a boyfriend and liked photography. I thought she was a good friend at times, and I felt sorry for the way the mean girls treated her.
The storyline in this was okay, but at points certain things annoyed me. Certain things just seemed to be taken too far – like saying that every time someone made a choice, multiple worlds were created, and there were therefore infinite universes – sorry I just don’t buy it – it makes my head want to explode. Then we had the thing happen that really annoys me in paranormal books – 1 girl finds out she’s a witch, and suddenly so is 90% of the town’s populace – only this time we’re talking about sliders from alternate realities. If this really happened, how would the world keep functioning? Especially given that technology would not be the same in each place etc. again – makes my head want to explode. Plus – surely he is not just sliding between dimensions but travelling through time as well? Brain explosion.
Anyway, the romance was alright, but in reality was barely there. Lillie spent as much time with this other boy as what she spent with Tom, and she spent a lot more time with her friends. This alternate-reality, multiple-time-spanning romance was not all that interesting, and I never got that heart-pounding feeling, or anything really.
The ending was again okay. I was thankful that we weren’t left with a cliff-hanger, and the ending was fitting in a way, but in another way it was pretty poo for all involved really. So not a very satisfying ending really.
Overall; an okay YA sci-fi romance, but not really anything special.
5.5 out of 10.