Sea of Tranquility Author:Emily St. John Mandel Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal -- an experience that shocks hi... more »m to his core.
Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She’s traveling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers, and artificial beauty. Within the text of Olive’s best-selling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him.
When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the black-skied Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.
A virtuoso performance that is as human and tender as it is intellectually playful, Sea of Tranquility is a novel of time travel and metaphysics that precisely captures the reality of our current moment.« less
This story is made up of three different timelines. There is a story in the past, the present and the future. All of them are about different people. The people come together, unknowingly, over a single event. A story with time travel that also asks the question... are we real or a simulation?? The book didn't really have action or overly exciting parts but what kept me reading and enjoying was really great writing. Very delightful read.
I probably would have liked this better had I read it in a concentrated period of time. The disjointed narrative at the beginning threw me off, and I only read a few pages each day. I think I would have enjoyed more had I read big chunks of it at a time and finished it in 1 or 2 or 3 days.