Book Review: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (three stars)
‘When have we ever believed that the world wasn’t ending?’
A multi-folded plot reminiscent of a Heinlein novel. Time travel provides the means and a pandemic the motive for this tangled skein. Technically sufficient but unconvincing.
“When I say it’s a dangerous job, I mean I wouldn’t want anyone I love to do it.”
Characterizations are solid, if stolid. Hard to become attached to even the well-meaning protagonist. Very much a pandemic novel. Strokes all the correct keys but fails to make music.
‘If definitive proof emerges that we’re living in a simulation, the correct response to that news will be So what. A life lived in a simulation is still a life.’
Liked the cover, but I see the inside isn’t one of the best reads.