Year 16, Book 102

102. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

I didn’t know anything about this book when I started reading it other than that it was by the same author as Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel, both of which I really enjoyed. I feel like this book should come with a couple of warnings. One if you don’t want to read anything about a pandemic right now skip this book. It’s not the complete main storyline of the book, but it features enough that you might not want to read it if you don’t want to read anything about pandemics at the moment. Additionally, the book features some characters from The Glass Hotel, and although it’s not strictly necessary for you to have all the back story from that book to follow what is happening in this book at all, if you want that extra detail and haven’t read The Glass Hotel you may want to read that first. Overall I was disappointed in this book. I gather the author wrote it during quarantine and it kind of feels like a book that was written when someone needed to fill their time, but also was stressed out enough by life that they couldn’t really devote their entire self to it. It definitely did not live up to her previous works that I’ve read. I give it a 5 out of 10.

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