From the AI Book Club: The time frame of the novel is complex, and moves between some years before the start of the collapse, to twenty years after it. Why do you think Emily St. John Mandel does this? What is the effect on you, the reader?
I really like the beginning of the where we start with seemingly unconnected events. One of the things that I have wonderings about though is how much time we spent on Arthur's relationships and whether they have more impact on other events in the novel then I realize. (If you already know the ending, then jump to Part 4 and clue me in!) But the parts that are my favourite are when we're in the airport and time almost seems removed entirely from the life that's being re-created there.
2020 Update: We've just finished recording our final podcast on parts 3 and 4 and we still spent a lot of time talking about the format of time. I really enjoy the way -- that time isn't linear and that there are multiple points of view -- in order to build the complete picture through the fragments and bits of each perspective in order to give us a whole picture by the end of the book....but you have to get to the end of the book! Did you see the mystery unravelling itself?
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