“Sea of Tranquility” by Emily St. John Mandel
Do you like science fiction? Do you understand time travel and jumping back and forth between centuries? Can you understand a little metaphysics? Then this book is for you.
I, on the other hand, struggle with all of the above, which made this book a challenge for me. I liked Mandel’s previous book Station Eleven which had some quirks in it but this one kept me scratching my head the whole time.
The main character is a man named Gaspery, who lives in one of three domed cities on the moon. Through connections with his scientist sister, he gets a job as a time traveler. His job is to go back and “fix” the flaws in history. These abnormalities can decide whether a person lives or dies, so the work is important.
But Gaspery feels sorry for one person and warns here about the fate that is coming to him (a pandemic). She manages to escape, which disrupts the fix Gaspery was supposed to make and gets him into serious trouble with the Time Travel Committee.
I have greatly simplified the plot of this novel, but hopefully there is enough to entice you to read the book. Maybe you can explain it to me later!
Kerry Pettis is a retired elementary school teacher and children’s librarian who has lived in Broomfield since 1975. Reading is her favorite pastime.