Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St .John Mandel (Picador 2022)

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With a similar structure to David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, this novel moves from 1912, through 2020, to 2203 and 2401; and then explores time travel anomalies when working back to when it began. It's fascinating, plausible, moving and there are some surprises in store for the reader. It's quite mind-boggling along the way, but the writing is elegant and clear, the characters linked in a way that is constantly surprising. While perhaps not as powerful as Station Eleven, this book is quietly potent.