This book is as mesmerising as its front cover. It is beautifully written. A masterpiece. And deserves its place in the literary world.
‘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.’
Thea Lim has taken the simple idea of love’s young dream and split them apart. She then adds an element of science; time travel. Polly would do anything to keep her and Frank’s love strong, and if that means travelling forward 12 years to save him from the flu pandemic, then that is what she will do. She thought it would be so simple. So easy. But the path of true love doesn’t always go as smoothly as we would like.
Told from the point of view of Polly, this is a love story that will have your heart clambering onto the pages, and leave your mind racing with the desperation of a reunion. You can feel the passion that has been poured into the pages, the research that has been undertaken and the scenes that all merge together, creating a captivating tale that leaves you falling in love with the idea of Polly and Frank.
We see very little of Frank and Polly together, which is why the flashbacks add a real emphasis to the story and helps us understand their love and who they are as people. We witness how they got together, the moment Frank realises he must marry this girl, and when Frank becomes unwell. The two passages of time complement each other beautifully and the ending was perfectly befitting. I was unsure throughout as to how Thea was going to untangle the web and bring it together, but she did.
An Ocean of Minutes is imagination at its finest and I would truly urge you to read it. This book just cannot be defined as sci-fi, dystopian, or even a love story. This is something unique and of great beauty that draws you into the centre of its heart.
Thank you so much to Ana Mclaughlin at Quercus for inviting me onto the Blog Tour and for sending me such an alluring finished copy. It is greatly appreciated.
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