In 2401, Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective from the Time Institute is tasked with investigating an unexpected phenomenon experienced by a handful of people, reaching back to 1912. From a forest in British Columbia to an airship terminal in Oklahoma City centuries later, there is a mystery to be solved - an anomaly in time.
Clever, elegant and rich with metaphysical speculation, this is a compelling story of our world, past, present and future, of human nature, pandemics, moon colonies and front and centre, the nature of time.
"The mystery at the heart of the story is intricately woven through and not resolved until the end of the story - making it compelling reading."
"The author manages to make you care about each of the characters intimately."
"It was incredibly easy and quick to read but the subject matter felt rich and personal."
"Compulsive read with heaps to discuss."
"Pandemics - past, present and future - feature in a matter of fact manner, making this a topical story."
Our book club was unanimous in enjoying this book - beautifully written and a great story.
It was clear few of us were comfortable reading this particular genre, however most persevered and acknowledged St John Mandel used time to draw us in as readers. The narrative was cleverly constructed with each time period showing us that chaos is a part of life. Good to be reassured that sometimes it is essential for us to be just be - Edgar embraced it and Gaspery comes to understand it. Reassuring for us all.
We found the book engrossing. Some found it deserved a 3 star rating while others thought it was worth 4 stars. We talked a great deal about it and enjoyed that!
Mixed reviews for this one. We all read Station Eleven which was generally well liked, but 'Sea of Tranquillity' lacked something. The premise was good but could have been developed further. We were all a little upset that sexism was still prevalent 300 years into the future. One member had read 'The Glass Hotel' and described how the books linked together which may have given it more depth...
Great characterisation, imaginative storyline and original use of words. Variation in chapter length and style was appreciated.
A lot didn't finish the book - great surprise ending! Opened up discussions around space exploration, and the amount of money wasted on Mars travel!