"Sea of Tranquility" by Emily St. John Mandel

By Emily St. John Mandel

Reviewed by Nat

ISBN 9780593321447

Sea of Tranquility, the latest novel from Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel, is an extraordinary piece of speculative fiction. Impressively, it manages to be both incredibly entertaining and deeply profound. Mandel explores time travel, pandemics, simulation theory, and other futuristic concepts while also delving into more grounded themes of love, regret, and loss. Shifting settings from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a colony on the moon hundreds of years later, the novel follows a large cast of engaging characters. To say anything more about the plot would be to give too much away. I think even those who do not usually read science fiction will be engrossed by the book's characters and drawn into its more metaphysical aspects. You'll be questioning the nature of reality as you are drawn into its page-turning sci-fi mystery. I will also note that reading her previous novel, The Glass Hotel, beforehand is recommended but not necessary.

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