Sea of Tranquility Review

Review by Darla

This book is about so many things: time travel, pandemics, lost chances, metaphysics, and loneliness, to name a few. One of the characters is an author who wrote a book about a pandemic, and then, when a pandemic actually happens, she is suddenly famous and talk-show fodder. There’s a time traveler with a good heart that gets him in trouble and a young girl who makes some bad decisions that affect her future. Somehow, amazingly, Ms. St. John Mandel weaves these different people together, at different time periods, in a wondrous, elaborate braid that makes you ponder the story and characters long after you’ve reached the end. I enjoyed it immensely, as I have all of her books. I’d recommend it to those who loved The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, and Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Stephen Toshikazu Kawaguchi.

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