Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, an exceptionally talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son—and of her own feelings. But when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tightly-held world is split open.
Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that—like gravity—pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.
Told from the alternating points of view of Ethan and each of his parents, Relativity is a poetic and soul-searing exploration of unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, the limits of science, and the magnitude of love.
Relativity by Antonia Hayes is a deep thought provoking read. The entire book was a huge emotional rollercoaster ride. I loved every moment of it. The main character, Ethan, is a wonder to behold. He is so unique. The intelligence that radiates off this kid characters stuns me into silence. I could feel his love for his mom and his mom’s protective love for him. The boy was abandoned by his father who does feel regret for having left him and his mom so many years ago. I felt the pain, loss, and grief from these characters. I ended up getting lessons in astronomy, physics, and science in this novel. It was done in an entertaining kind of way. Overall, great read. Recommend it to all readers.