An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

An Ocean of Minutes

“Amidst the breathtaking world Thea Lim has created in AN OCEAN OF MINUTES is a profound meditation on the inhumanity of class and the limits of love. It takes immense talent to render cruelty both accurately and with honest beauty – Lim has pulled it off. This is a story about the malleability of time, but at its core lives something timeless.”- Omar El-Akkad, author of AMERICAN WARAmerica is in the grip of a deadly flu. When Frank gets si...

Details An Ocean of Minutes

TitleAn Ocean of Minutes
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
GenreFiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel

Reviews An Ocean of Minutes

  • Emer
    I gobbled this book up in one day! I found it utterly fascinating and was gripped by the storyline from the get go. The premise is that by the year 1981 America is in the deadly clutches of a flu pandemic. In this version of reality, time travel has been made possible in the future by a large corporation. Originally it was hoped that a flu vaccine from the future could be sent back to before the initial outbreak that caused the pandemic. However,...
  • Marchpane
    An Ocean of Minutes pulls a bait-and-switch that I expect will frustrate and confuse some readers. It appears to promise a pandemic/dystopia with a time travel twist, and a bit of a love story to boot. Instead, the book takes you on a tour of the immigrant experience.Polly, our protagonist, is not just a time traveler, she's a refugee from the past and an indentured labourer trying to work off the cost of her passage. She suddenly finds herself o...
  • Ishmeen
    2.5 stars ~ The story itself is okay and sorta tragic but it just did not turn out to be what I was hoping for. There was a lot of info dump that I simply didn’t care for and this resorted into me literally finishing this book in less than 2 hours because I was basically skimming through the whole thing, only stopping at the bits of dialogue I found interesting and probably the flashbacks of Polly and Frank’s relationship. I wasn’t a fan of...
  • Nadine
    An Ocean of Minutes is a wonderfully crafted story about love, independence, and reality. Lim captures the essence of young idealized love and weaves it into a story about heartbreak, loss, and the lengths people are willing to go for the ones they love.An Ocean of Minutes focuses on Polly as she is thrust into a new life to save the man she loves, Frank. In order to escape the flu pandemic and save Frank, Polly agrees to travel twelve years into...
  • Janelle
    Thanks so much to Touchstone Books for providing my free copy of AN OCEAN OF MINUTES by Thea Lim - all opinions are my own.This beautiful debut novel has a very interesting premise with stellar writing and a perfectly constructed story. By the time the world reaches 1981, it is overcome with a terrible flu epidemic and Polly is desperately trying to save the one she loves, Frank. Our twenty-something protagonist signs a contract with TimeRaiser, ...
  • Gemma F
    Dec 6, 2017Can’t wait to read this! So proud of you, Auntie Thea!!
  • Bonnie
    “TimeRaiser is a good company. We’ll protect you. Today, or rather tomorrow, is the first day of the rest of your life. It’s a gift.” In the year 1981, the flu has devastated the world. When the ability to time travel becomes a reality, doctors attempt to go back to the beginning to prevent the flu from ever becoming an issue but limitations on travel prevent them from going back that far. Being infected is certain death and when Polly’...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    I was intrigued by the unique premise of An Ocean of Minutes and by the publisher's comparison with The Time Traveler's Wife and Station Eleven. A dystopian tale, little time travel and a love story that asks, "can true love stand the test of time?" Yes please!Buuuuut, the similarities between the three books is weak. Yes, there's a flu pandemic (Station Eleven) and yes there's time travel (Time Traveler's Wife) but that's where the connections e...
  • Thebooktrail
    Visit the locations in the novelCan true love withstand the test of time if one person travels to the future while the other is left behind ? What happens when there’s also a deadly virus to contend with? That’s the exciting premise behind this read which I really enjoyed. A bit silly in parts but in a good way. I haven’t read many time travel/sci fi books in a while but this was a lot of fun.Review to follow once I've returned to 2018
  • Bookworm
    2.5 stars Hmmm...I'm thinking this is one of those books that could have been amazing but wasn't.. I'm a huge fan of dystopian sci fi and I love time travel stories, but An Ocean of Minutes was quite disappointing as a whole. For the record, I did not see any similarity with Station Eleven except that both stories involved a flu pandemic. And there was no comparison between this story and The Time Traveller's Wife (which is one of my favourite bo...
  • Latkins
    I really loved this new take on the time travel / alternative history story, which is actually really a love story more than anything else. In 1981, young lovers Frank and Polly, who are from Buffalo in New York State, are visiting Galveston in Texas when a deadly virus hits, killing thousands. When Frank contracts the disease, it transpires that treatment is available, but it’s very expensive. A company called TimeRaiser has developed time tra...
  • Danielle Tremblay
    I'm not used to reading dystopias or post-apocalyptic novels. The only one that I can remember reading goes back to somewhere in the late 1960s. It was "I am a Legend" by Richard Matheson. To read absolutely! I did later try to read novels in this literary sub-genre, but I only came across tasteless novels that all seemed to be based on the same boring model. Each time I stopped reading after a few pages or a few chapters. So I forgot that genre ...
  • Joanna Park
    An ocean of minutes is a book that manages to combine quite a few genres.  It’s little bit dystopian and sci fi but it’s mainly a beautiful, usual love story.The world that has been created in this book is very intriguing and I enjoyed learning more about it.  It’s quite similar in parts to the world that we know in that there is a definite class system in play with the poorer people trying to do anything to get by.  The only way some pe...
  • Stephanie
    Thanks to Touchstone for sending me a copy to review!This is a pandemic story, but there's a twist: time travel has been invented in the future. If you agree to work as a bonded laborer, the company TimeRaiser will not only send you ahead and out of harm's way but also give your loved one the life-saving treatment that can't be found anywhere else.And that's what Polly does to save Frank. They make plans to reunite in twelve years, but when Polly...
  • Maureen Grigsby
    Wow! What a beautiful book about the power of love!
  • Casey
    Happy Sunday, readers! Quick chat about Thea Lim's An Ocean of Minutes. The story goes something like: in order to save the man she loves from a world-wide epidemic, Polly indentures herself to a corporation who put her to work... in the future. But Polly and Frank (her beau) have a plan - they'll meet each other again on a certain day at a certain hotel in Galveston in 1993. And I'd say that was a flawed plan BEFORE Polly's company sends her ins...
  • Stef L
    Exhilaratingly imaginative. Imagine a world where 17 years go by in the blink of an eye and you awake to a world that isn’t yours. A world where your memories are all that remain. A world that is changed beyond all recognition. Imagine that you haven’t aged whilst all around you people have experienced every minute of a pandemic that has changed the way that everything will be forever. An Ocean of Minutes is quite simply a book like no other....
  • Touchstone Books
    Truly a must-read for fans of Station Eleven—Thea is an exceptionally talented writer to watch.
  • Rhi
    I have to say straight away this is one of the best books I’ve read in such a long time so I was extremely happy to be asked to be involved in the An Ocean of Minutes Blog Tour.Prepare for a bombardment of superlatives…I absolutely loved this book even though I felt emotionally destroyed by the end of it. I’m desperate to get hold of a hard copy (that cover!) and also when this gets turned into a Hollywood film I want to be part of the cast...
  • Ronnie Turner
    When a terrible pandemic sweeps across America, it leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. Everywhere people are falling ill and dying. Families are broken apart and lives are split through the middle. America is swiftly changing. But a way to time travel has been discovered and for some, it will be their salvation. For Polly and Frank, it the only option. They met and fell in love and dreamed of a future with their fates firmly linked. A hous...
  • Kazen
    An epidemic dystopia with time travel? I'm there! Like much good sci-fi Lim uses the fantastical premise to examine the world we live in and let me tell you, it hits ya right in the chest.The story is harrowing - Polly goes into the future as an indentured servant to pay for the medicine that will save her boyfriend's life. They agree to meet when she pops out 12 years later... but she ends up jumping 17 years instead. Oops. Is Frank waiting for ...
  • Dana Portwood
    For fans of The Time Travelr's Wife and Station Eleven, An Ocean of Minutes is a stunning story of relationships, time and power. When survival on earth is endangered by a viral outbreak, Polly trades years of service by time traveling to the future for treatment for her lover Frank in the present. Although they arrange to meet each other twelve years in the future, Polly is rerouted five years past the time she and Frank arranged to meet. When s...
  • Emily
    This was VERY good, so of course it's hard for me to know what to say about it. Lim takes time travel in a wonderfully unexpected direction, using it to explore ideas of distance - physical, emotional, temporal - loss, love, and sacrifice. The setting is richly realized and like most good sci-fi, it asks the reader to confront contemporary issues (immigrant, the power of corporations, the way wealthy societies turn a blind eye to the labor that c...
  • Mimi
    Just as the invention of air travel had made it easy to go, but no easier to leave, the invention of time travel made time easy to pass, but no easier to endure.Thea deftly paints images that seep into your consciousness, and even into murky stark dreams. This is an indelibly sad story that I could not put down because I ached so much to see what happened to Polly. She indentured herself as a time traveler to save her love Frank who caught a pand...
  • Michelle
    I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.When her boyfriend (Frank) falls ill from the 'flu during a pandemic, Polly agrees to go to work for a corporation who will, in return, pay for Frank's medicine and treatment. The only problem is the job is 12 years in the future. TimeRaiser developed time travel and are recruiting people to work in a future world where the pandemic no longer exists and to bring things back to their former glory. Polly...
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  • Anna Elliott
    I very much enjoyed reading this book. It mainly focuses on Polly and her experiences upon her arrival in the future. The society into which she arrives is not what she had expected and there was a real sense of shadowing her through this minefield of the unknown.For my full review please visit my blog at: https://leftontheshelfbookblog.blogsp...
  • Simone
    I had to sit with myself after reading this one. At first, I thought it was another immigrant's story. I thought it would be about some family coming to this country and making the best life they could. Then, I started reading and saw it was more dystopian with a little science fiction where people are traveling to the future to help save themselves and their loved ones from a pandemic threatening to kill everyone.But now that I've finished the b...
  • Josie Jaffrey
    This story follows Polly as she tries to find her feet twelve years into the future, while flashing back to her life with Frank.It's an oddly meditative book. It has a lot to say about grief, our inability to catch a moment in time, and the inevitability of change. It also raises a lot of thinking points around the inequalities of class and race. Those areas of the book were explored eloquently and with gorgeous turns of phrase - the writing in t...