Relativity is Antonia Hayes’ debut novel and boy, is it one to remember! In Relativity we meet Ethan, an exceptionally gifted young boy who is absolutely obsessed with physics and astronomy. Now I’ve always been interested in astronomy – physics not so much – but I was initially surprised at how heavily these topics featured. Hayes writes about the science in such a way that you can’t help but want to keep on reading. To find out more about Ethan and the way he thinks.
To be honest, I actually read the first couple of chapters and I wasn’t so sure about the book. I’ve really struggled with my reading in the past few months and when that happens usually I’ll go for either a YA or Crime Series book as I personally find them really easy to get into. As a contemporary and more adult book, this obviously didn’t fit into that criteria. It’s just not something I read a lot of.
That said, a few more chapters and I was well and truly hooked. The narration was cleverly done. We were focused on three characters throughout the story so it was almost like they had their own POV chapters/sections, yet written in third person. The switch between the mind of a young child and the mind of the parents was just so natural. I enjoyed reading from all perspectives and it was great to see the dynamic between these characters from different views.
I also really liked how we were thrown into not just Ethan’s life and struggles, but the relationships around him. The people in his life that are on their own emotional journey. I felt like each character was really believable and whilst I couldn’t directly relate to them, I could definitely empathise and I felt those emotions that they went through.
The story line was gripping and whilst it had sensitive topics (SBS being a big part of it) it was done very well and led to such a fascinating idea. Once you get into it, it’s hard to out down! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a book with family, intrigue and a bit of the unknown.