Author Antonia Hayes
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, an exceptionally talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son—and of her own feelings. But when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tightly-held world is split open.
Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that—like gravity—pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.
Told from the alternating points of view of Ethan and each of his parents, Relativity is a poetic and soul-searing exploration of unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, the limits of science, and the magnitude of love.
What did I think?
‘Relativity’ reminds me a lot of ‘The Theory of Everything’ and I’m sure that all rests on the fact that ‘Relativity’ centres around Ethan’s fascination with science and physics, certainly not an easy thing to write a book on! Especially seeing as Ethan’s fascination is deep, intricate and on genius level – Hayes had her work cut out for her when thinking up the story-line, but she executed it seamlessly and perfectly.
While I didn’t feel that ‘Relativity’ sucked me in from the start, Hayes slowly but steadily built up the story of Ethan and she made you start to connect with the characters so you couldn’t help yourself but carry on reading.
Whilst the story is quite heartwarming, it is equally as heartbreaking. Ethan has been through an awful lot for a 12 year-old and with ‘broken’ families being a common thing within the world I feel it is something that most people can relate to so you’re feeling his emotions as you read his story.
Relativity is an easy, relaxing read that evokes a lot of emotions within. I would definitely recommend reading it!
My Rating? ♥♥♥♥
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