Sea of Tranquility

Sea of Tranquility

Thank you, Knopf Books, for gifting me a copy of Sea of Tranquility {partner}

Genre: Science Fiction
Format: 📖
Pub Date: 3.5.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆


Edwin St. Andrew is eighteen years old when he crosses the Atlantic by steamship, exiled from polite society following an ill-conceived diatribe at a dinner party. He enters the forest, spellbound by the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, and suddenly hears the notes of a violin echoing in an airship terminal–an experience that shocks him to his core.

Two centuries later a famous writer named Olive Llewellyn is on a book tour. She’s traveling all over Earth, but her home is the second moon colony, a place of white stone, spired towers, and artificial beauty. Within the text of Olive’s bestselling pandemic novel lies a strange passage: a man plays his violin for change in the echoing corridor of an airship terminal as the trees of a forest rise around him.

When Gaspery-Jacques Roberts, a detective in the Night City, is hired to investigate an anomaly in the North American wilderness, he uncovers a series of lives upended: The exiled son of an earl driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend from the Night City who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe.”


“… we still don’t know why one person gets sick, another doesn’t, or why one patient survives, and another dies. Illness frightens us because it’s chaotic. There’s awful randomness about it.”

Sci-Fi is generally not for me, but the way Emily St. John Mandel writes, I always find myself getting lost in her books, her words, and the beautiful way she describes the most mundane events. Not to mention, I also love the way her brain works and wish I could come up with half as much as she does.

Sea of Tranquility is the first book that I’ve read, of hers, since Station Eleven, and maybe it was because I re-read Station Eleven at the same time as I read SoT, but I found all these parallels between both books. Perhaps it’s that they both orbit around pandemics. Either way, it was still fascinating to read them simultaneously.

I loved how SoT was set across thousands of years and that there were all these recurrent numbers and themes between the characters. And then that ending? Yeah, that ending made all of it make a lot more sense.

I’ve never been much on annotating books (besides using my colorful tabs), but SoT made me want to start annotating. I plan to re-read this one, and I can’t wait to see what Emily St. John Mandel writes next.

Do you annotate (highlight, underline, write in the margins)? Or, are you a tabs only type of reader like me?


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