A complex universe is within each of us. Our emotions, actions and ancient stars create our own constellation that tells our story. For within the infinite stretch of the universe are billions of stories from all of the galaxies waiting to be told, hidden amongst the stars.
Relativity by Antonia Hayes
Paperback published 17th January 2017 by Corsair
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.
What a breath-taking, haunting, yet beautiful novel. Relativity illuminates how irreversible acts and unbreakable bonds can test the limits of love and forgiveness, not only by those who are a constant in our lives but deep within our own self.
Relativity's universe evolves around Ethan, an exceptionally gifted twelve year old, whom puts a spin on the perspective of the world through his knowledge and questions. Having grown up at the centre of Claire's galaxy, Ethan finds himself becoming increasingly curious about the changes he's going to face and how he's going to deal with them without his dad. How could he possibly ask his mother about puberty, when he can barely have a proper conversation about physics?
Antonia Hayes has created complex characters filled with heart, emotion and unbreakable bonds which will break your heart and wonder where everything began to fall apart. I found myself relating to twelve year old Ethan in a way in which a lack of friends, and wondering why the best friend you ever knew has slowly but surely left you in the cold, can do. For a twelve year old with their head always buried in a book and a desire to learn more than you could possibly dream of, life can become pretty isolating. Yet an incident at school and a letter from his estranged dad, that Ethan has intercepted, begins to unravel a meteor shower of questions about his own constellation. A meteor shower that Claire isn't prepared for.
In that one sky, Ethan realised that he could see all of history connected to right now; ancient light from time and spaces he couldn't ever visit. Suddenly he felt really small. How could he ever understand what was happening right now when the universe was so big it took hundreds and thousands of years for something as simple as light to get here. - Antonia has summed up change in our personal lives perfectly in this one paragraph. For we all have our own stories that are connected by smaller stars that have grouped together to create a constellation. Stars which can be part of several constellations bonded together by family, love and friendship. Every family has a history behind it, a history which could be as ancient as some of the constellations that we see on a clear night, and could be truly discovered if we look close enough.
When Ethan's story had finally come full orbit, I found myself torn apart by emotion and found myself looking at the universe from a new perspective. For no matter what irreversible acts have taken place, when you share an unbreakable bond with someone, a shift in gravity can be all that is needed to pull us closer together.
For me, Relativity is so much more than just a novel, it's created a new hope and meaning to my universe. Though we may be small, we're still just as important - ...the heavier a star is, the more brightly it will shine - this particular quote has made it's own constellation on my heart in a way which it probably wouldn't do for others. It's made me reflect on my Mental Health in a way I'd never have considered, and that no matter how much my depression and turbulence of emotions may weigh me down I can still shine brighter within everything I do.
Thank you Clara, for inviting me to be a part of this utterly beautiful blog tour. Without you, I'd never have discovered a book that has given me a new perspective and it's been a great reflection for a happier, more positive 2017.
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About the author:
Antonia Hayes, who grew up in Sydney and spent her twenties in Paris, currently lives in London with her husband and son. Relativity is her first novel.