Relativity – Antonia Hayes

Hey everyone! Today we are looking at Relativity by Antonia Hayes. This was also on my January TBR, but this is because I was sent this book as part of a book blog tour.


Read Harder Challenge: 2 – Read a debut novel

Popsugar Advanced Challenge: 26 – A book by an author from a country you’ve not visited

Published 17th January 2017

Goodreads rating: 3.66/5

My rating: 4/5

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.

When I first received this book, I went in with very little knowledge of what it was about. Honestly, I think this was best as it really opened up the possibilities of the book for me.

The book i stold from three different perspectives. Ethan, his mother Claire, and his father Mark. Ethan is a child that’s fascinated with physics. We learn that he’s a little bit of a recluse. We also discover that he lives with his mother Claire but his father isn’t in the picture, but why not? This is a question Ethan has started asking now that he’s a little older.

Reading from the perspective of all three characters is really eye opening. You really get to see what each person is thinking and their side of the story. Claire was a bit of a strange one for me, she seemed to be unable to make up her mind at times. But honestly, that’s probably how you would feel in her shoes.

When Ethan falls ill, a result of something that happened to him when he was younger, it raises the question of whether Mark should be around during this time.

The story was interesting and kept me wanting to read. I wasn’t able to predict everything that happened and I really feel the author put her research into both the physics and the issue that the son has.

All in all, this is a really good read. It opens your mind to many different things, some I can’t tell you for fear of ruining the story! I would definitely recommend this.

Love & Laughter

Cheryl xx

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