Second book club book for 2018. and wow… was this one hard slog to get through.
Relativity is the first book written by Australian author Antonia Hayes and is set in Sydney.
The story revolves around Ethan and his mum, Claire. Ethan loves everything physics and astronomy and pretty much any chance he gets he is talking about it. Claire is his mother and she is doing her best to be both mum and dad.
Ethan’s dad, Mark is absent and then suddenly he’s in town and everything starts to bring them together. Like gravity I guess.
The constant talk of physics and astronomy drained on me throughout this book. Basically this story is a generalised science lesson rolled into a good old fashioned family drama. It would be safe to say that a point I did start skimming over the science jargon just to get through the book.
However, I would suggest if the science wasn’t in there it would have been a much smaller book and wouldn’t have the intensity that this topic allows the story to draw on.
We find out through the book that Ethan was a victim of ‘shaken baby’ when he was 4 months old. And his father was accused and convicted of it. Interesting twist, as we are then drawn into the inner-workings of the characters as they all question whether he is guilty or innocent.
I actually found this part of the story quite good and I myself began to question whether Mark had committed the crime. Right, when I convinced myself he hadn’t and there was hope for this little family, BOOM! We are hit with the truth.
Antonia, handles the flashback to the incident really well and I could feel the magnitude and emotion in the flashback. This was the 20% of the book that I truly enjoyed reading. Plus bonus – there wasn’t that much science in that bit.
Perhaps like Schrodinger’s cat, this book would have been left on the shelf. That way, it could be considered to be both a good and a bad book.
Sorry, but science is just not my thing. Unless it is in a Doctor Who episode.
My rating 2.5/5.