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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Touchstone Books
    Truly a must-read for fans of Station Eleven—Thea is an exceptionally talented writer to watch.
  • Kath
    This is the story of Frank and Polly although they spend little time together. The world is suffering from a really nasty flu pandemic. Luckily, time travel has been invented so people who have not contracted the virus yet are offered the chance to travel into the future to work in bonded labour. In exchange for which their nominated loved one will get medical treatment. It's only 12 years into the future so Polly jumps at the chance if it would ...
  • 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...
  • Kate
    This was one of my most anticipated reads for spring and it didn't disappoint! Frank and Polly are young and in love, it is 1981. But a pandemic flu is on the rise. And when they find out Frank is ill with it, Polly signs up to travel to the future and work for the company Time Raiser who has invented time travel. They will not only send you into the future keeping you out of harm's way from the flu  but in exchange for being a bonded labor onc...
  • Keriann Davey
    I received this book via the publisher for an honest review.So the premise of this book sounded amazing, Polly and Frank live in 1981 where a flu virus has broken out, Frank has become infected in order to help him Polly volunteers with a company called TimeRaider who are sending people to the future in order to help rebuild America, Polly is to travel to 1993 and arranges to meet Frank the first Sunday on September at a set location, however som...
  • Zoe
    Was an interesting concept, but seemed to jump around a bit - perhaps a bit like time travel? The ending is believable and the characters are interesting - a powerful look into time travel and the effects on modern life.
  • Dana
    Me reading this book: No, No. OMG. why why why 😭😭😭
  • Alexandria Fanjoy
    I received this book as an ARC and sat down and read it all in about 2.5 hours so clearly it’s good. It’s marketed for fans of station eleven (my favorite book of all time) and it’s KIND OF like that. But not really. A book about a deadly flu pandemic, juxtaposed against the advent of timetravelling, it kind of combines the flu elements of station eleven with the time traveling romance of the time traveller’s wife. It’s definitely extre...
  • Laura
    Really interesting premise, where people travel to the future to escape a plague and (sometimes) to purchase health care for stricken loved ones. Once they arrive 10-15 years in the future they work as indentured servants for the company that transported them. Polly makes such a trip to try to save her boyfriend, then spends her time trying to reunite with him in the strange world she has arrived in. I found the ending pretty realistic but unsati...
  • Krystal
    This gripping debut novel impressed me to no end as Thea Lim seamlessly weaves between Polly's wonderful past with Frank and her present harsh reality with suspense till the very last page!
  • Emma Robertson
    An Ocean of Minutes by Thea LimThe premise of this book is that the US has been hit by a deadly flu pandemic.Its 1981 and Frank has caught the virus and his girlfriend Polly is left with the difficult choice of risking everything, leaving him and taking a leap of faith into the future.With the use of time travel, there are some trying to thwart the virus, but this comes at a high cost. Polly must sign up for a one-way-trip to the future and has t...
  • Danielle P
    Polly and Frank met, fell in love, and secretly planned to get married. One day, they decided to drive from Buffalo, NY to New Orleans, but somehow overshot it by 3 hours. They ended up in Texas, where they got stuck because of the flu epidemic that rapidly spread throughout the country.When Frank develops the disease, Polly, to get him access to health benefits, signs on to travel 12 years into the future where she'll work off her bond to TimeRa...
  • Kate Southey
    I loved this book, from the premise, to the characters and the narrative it all just worked. Told in flashbacks between the 1990s where a flu epidemic has killed thousands and where Polly and her partner Frank have been trapped; holidaying in Texas just before the quarantine cordon was created; and the late 1970s when Polly and Frank meet. The novel begins with Polly agreeing to time travel as part of a companies bid to show how successful their ...
  • Jo
    This novel both soothed and broke my heart. I eagerly turned the first page, and from the very first paragraph, I just knew that I was going to fall in love with this book. It's engaging, evocative and daring. It's a story for the soul.This book can be viewed in so many different ways. It is a highly crafted work of dystopian fiction and the world building is quite simply astounding. I believed in this world. It is also a story about a time trave...
  • Hanna Gichard
    I read an Advanced Copy of this book.Science fiction and dystopian novels are not my cup of tea, but I'm a sucker for a good time travel story, so I gave this one a whirl. The history of Polly and Frank's relationship was woven into the present day progression of the plot, and I thought this was done in an enjoyable way. The story of their relationship was told well and I think Kim did a good job creating believable characters in Polly and Frank,...
  • Annette Morris
    This is a very nice plot driven story about a very nice romance but it's also a time travel story and a story about migration. It's also about nostalgia, grief and love. There's quite a lot in there. The romantic relationship is put to the test early on and as a result Polly time travels into the future leaving Frank to catch her up in real time. The main thrust of the plot is whether Frank and Polly will ever meet up again and if they do how the...
  • Andy Lillich
    This one presents is main character with a perplexing and frustrating dilemma when she tries to face the consequences of time-traveling to a future that turns out to be quite unlike the present from which she came. In fact, the whole dilemma of trying to make sense of this alien future, at once so familiar and yet so completely baffling - as so many of the "rules" seem to have changed into some kind of 1984 nightmare - all while trying to find an...
  • Sarah
    This was a really interesting book set in a dystopian America during the 1980's and 90's. There are recognisable elements in the 1980's, but when a flu pandemic breaks out everything changes. Polly is the central character, and it is through her eyes that the main themes of the book are revealed. The power of love (no, not the 80's power ballad) and the sacrifice that she makes to save Frank's life is central to the book. This is why she finds he...
  • Amino
    This is a novel that deals with identity, how it is mostly projected – we see people as we'd like to see them more often than who they really are – and, most importantly, time.It's full of moments and scenes where you stop and think to yourself about the author's cleverness and how that is both brilliant and tragic (given the nature of her political commentary and how poorly it reflects on the world we live in). And even though I know the who...