Sea of Tranquility

Emily St. John Mandel

josh read

A pretty short light sci-fi that takes place skipping through time as various characters interact with a small strange break in reality i loved the first half, the prose is compelling, and it slowly builds questions about characters and fragments of their lives. the second half of the book then step-by-step answers those questions very literally (a detective looking for clues) which for me it broke most of the inertia i was feeling as a reader? i think still a recommend but largely got worse for me the closer i got to the end felt very classic who dun it where the reveal is the least interesting, or cheapest, part of the story it’s also the first fiction book that i’ve read that acknowledges covid (briefly leaning very hard into a “wow we’re all staying home now and it’s weird!” segment that didn’t really land for me)