This book is incredible, combining glorious metaphors with complex physics. It’s the kind of book that stays with you, even when you close the pages. Relativity will change the way you look at relationships and the world we live in.
If you’re planning on buying a new book this week, for goodness’ sake, make it this one.
Pages per day: 51
Three words: oh my stars.
Literally. This astronomically lovely book shoots us through the realms of physics and in to a story that is all at once heartwarming, heartbreaking and, believe it or not, educational (please don’t let that put you off).
Space puns aside, Relativity effortlessly combines physics and a tragic story, creating parallels between gravity and love, quantum theories and life itself. The book follows the journey of Ethan, a 12-year-old with a non-accidental brain injury sustained when he was an infant, and his parents, Mark and Claire. When Ethan meets his father for the first time, he feels understood. Little does Ethan know, however, there are things that went on twelve years previously that changed the course of his life forever.
Antonia Hayes’ characters seem to leap out of the pages. They’re not perfect, in fact they’re all deeply flawed, but they’re relatable and complex and alive. It’s also glorious to see the way she talks about Sydney – I was there only about a month ago and I walked the same streets Antonia talks about, and I saw the sights she mentions. For anyone that hasn’t been to Sydney, this book will give you wanderlust – it’s obvious she loves the place. Her passion shines throughout the book.
Relativity is Antonia Hayes’ first book. This is a fact that’s hard to believe, as worldliness, experience, and profound knowledge drips from the pages. Honestly, this whole book is surprising, from the complex issues discussed, to the incredible depth of the characters, to the beautiful writing in general. It’s a real gem, and if you can find yourself a copy, you won’t be disappointed.
You can find it on Book Depository right here with free shipping worldwide, and if you read it (or, of course, if you’ve already read it), please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to know whether this world flip-flopped your world like it did mine.
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