Welcome to my spot on the blog tour today! I’m thrilled to share my review of An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim!
An Ocean of Minutes
Polly and Frank are young and in love, a lifetime together before them. But one evening in 1980, as the Texas sun sets over their shoulders, the world is suddenly pulled apart by a deadly virus. Within months, Frank is dying. Polly can save him, but only if she agrees to a radical plan: to time travel to 1993 for a corporation who can fund his life-saving treatment. She can only go forward, she cannot go back. And she must leave everything she loves behind, including Frank.
All they have is the promise of a future together: they will find each other again in twelve years’ time, in Galveston, Texas, where the sea begins.
But when something goes wrong and Polly arrives late, Frank is nowhere to be found. Completely alone, Polly must navigate a terrifying new world to find him, and to discover if their love has endured.
When a terrible pandemic sweeps across America, it leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. Everywhere people are falling ill and dying. Families are broken apart and lives are split through the middle. America is swiftly changing. But a way to time travel has been discovered and for some, it will be their salvation. For Polly and Frank, it the only option. They met and fell in love and dreamed of a future with their fates firmly linked. A house, a baby, a world entwined. But then Frank gets sick. Polly courageously agrees to time-travel twelve years into the future to offer her expertise and in return TimeRaiser will give Frank the health care he needs to survive. They agree on a date and location to meet, clinging to the mutual hope of a future, of life they can resume. For her it is a single step, a weighty sacrifice but a worthy one. For him it is wait that transverses twelve years. But can their love endure it?
When Polly arrives in the future, she discovers her journey was rerouted and she has been taken further than she planned. Panicked and afraid, she tries desperately to search for Frank and Aunty Donna but all her attempts are scuppered. With Frank by her side, being stranded could turn into an adventure. But now, stuck in an unfamiliar way of life with loneliness snapping at her heart and hope dwindling to nothing, what she is left with is an endless surge of days in a world – and a time – she was not supposed to have come to. Where Frank is – and who he will be – are the answers she needs. Time parts them, love binds them. But will it be enough?
Alternating between past and present, An Ocean of Minutes is stunningly depicted tale of love, loss, life and self-discovery. Fiercely evocative and extremely poignant, this book will resonate with lots of readers. Watching Polly make her way in a new society was fascinating to follow. Each new challenge she faces gives her a little bit more strength, a little bit more confidence. She felt like a completely different person towards the end. Her journey left a huge impression on me. Thea Lim’s portrait of not only Polly and Frank’s love story but also this new society is a tale you won’t be able to break away from.
An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim is both devastating and heart-warming. I was glued to this book. As soon as I read the first page, I knew I was going to love it! Some books just grab you from the start and keep you under lock and key until the finish. This one is startlingly beautiful! I adored it!
Poignant. Brave. Beautiful.
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About Thea Lim
Thea Lim’s novel AN OCEAN OF MINUTES is forthcoming in Summer 2018. She holds an MFA from the University of Houston. She has worked as a farmhand, a cocktail server, a souvlaki grill cook, a theatre usher, and an elevator courier; she is now a professor of Creative Writing. She grew up in Singapore and lives in Toronto with her family.
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Huge thanks to Ana McLaughlin & Quercus for my review copy and blog tour invite!