Book Review: Relativity by Cristin Bishara

RelativityTitle: Relativity

Author: Cristin Bishara

Publication date: September 10, 2013

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Pages: 272

Source: Bought from Fully Booked

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There are so many moments Ruby Wright wishes she could change. The moment her dad uprooted her from California to live in backwoods Ohio with their new stepfamily. The moment she moved away without telling her best friend George she loved him. The moment a car accident ended her mother’s life.

But no one can rewrite time. At least, that’s what physics-obsessed Ruby believes.

Then she stumbles upon a lightning-powered tree—a doorway to a series of parallel universes. How many possible worlds will Ruby have to explore to find the one with the perfect combination of people, relationships, and experiences? And is she willing to risk everything she has to get back what she has lost?

With a deft blend of science and heart, Cristin Bishara’s thought-provoking debut novel explored the laws of time and space…and the even more mysterious nature of love and loss.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

Sheathed in thought-provoking situations and scientific intellect, Relativity is a novel illustrating the various possibilities existing between space and time. It tells the story of Ruby, a girl who moves with her dad from California to Ohio and discovers a tree that functions as a portal to parallel universes.

Although bewildering at times because of the mind-boggling scientific terms, mathematical equations, and theories, I still enjoyed Relativity! The concept of parallel universes is very fascinating. I like the burning potential surrounding the idea that such could exist in our world. And if they do, there could be many chances for us to start fresh or to change something in our life. Or perhaps choose the life we want to live in the universe we desire to be.

Ruby is a well-developed main character and I adore her! Reflective and physics loving, she’s persistent in finding the perfect life through the parallel universes. Each universe Ruby visited differs in surroundings, people, and circumstances that are far from the ideal life she wants. I love how Relativity spotlights the truth that there is no such thing as a perfect life. This story imparts the message that instead of dwelling on life’s imperfections, people should just embrace them. Rather than feel sorry for what you lack, be grateful for all that you have. Doing so would certainly make your life worth living. Author Cristin Bishara’s dynamic and genuine writing infused brilliance in this geeky and heartfelt story.

Absorbing and original, Relativity is the kind of novel that tugs at your heartstrings and at the same time feeds your brain with knowledge. Totally a unique YA science fiction!



4/5 stars




4 thoughts on “Book Review: Relativity by Cristin Bishara

  1. Yey! I loved this one when it came out and read it in one sitting :D. I agree about the crazy science terms, though since I’m a grad student I kind of reveled in a YA book that challenged my science brain ;-). Omg I cried so much too despite how short it is, haha. I still really need to buy a hardcover of this… hmmmm… *goes to the store*

    • Hi Anya! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my review. Relativity is really great! I’m not a science geek but I love sci-fi with concepts such as parallel universes! 🙂

  2. Jesselle, I’ve always been fascinated with anything space-related (and watching “Insterstellar” just made me more interested!) and now, because of your review, I finally found a book that can feed that “interest.” 🙂

    • Glad my review helped in finding your next read, Mika! I heard lots of good things about Interstellar! I must watch the movie sometime soon.:)

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