Ethan is a 12 year old lad who is obsessed with physics and astronomy. He sees the world differently to everyone else, and frames every-day occurrences through the lens of science.
Ethan's mother Claire is protective to a fault- but then she is a single mother, bringing up a very gifted boy- and his different way of viewing the world means that he stands out a mile- drawing bullies and difficulties to him.
Ethan wants nothing more that to have his father back in his life- but his father has been gone since he was a baby. And there lies the secret- to Claire's protectiveness, Mark's silence and Ethan's extraordinary brain.
I'll start by saying that I loved Relativity. It is a unique and assured debut that has a compelling, crushingly-sad story at its heart. Hayes succeeds in making her readers believe in the magical beauty that is physics, through Ethan's view of the world. He takes incredibly difficult circumstances and uses science to digest and understand them- viewing them as no one else would think to.
I admired the author's treatment of a very serious and delicate subject- there was an objective quality to the flashbacks of events that happened to Ethan as a baby. The story is told beautifully, the facts presented, without an attempt to make the reader emotionally side with any character in particular.
Over all, I really enjoyed Antonia Hayes' beautiful writing, and I still struggle to believe that Relativity is a debut. It is an understated and powerful read that will stay with me for a long time. I really look forward to reading more of her work.
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Ethan is an exceptionally gifted young boy, obsessed with physics and astronomy.
His single mother Claire is fiercely protective of her brilliant, vulnerable son. But she can't shield him forever from learning the truth about what happened to him when he was a baby; why Mark had to leave them all those years ago.
Now age twelve, Ethan is increasingly curious about his past, especially his father's absence in his life. When he intercepts a letter to Claire from Mark, he opens a lifetime of feelings that, like gravity, will pull the three together again.
Relativity is a tender and triumphant story about unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, and testing the limits of love and forgiveness.