Relativity by Cristin Bishara | Review

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Relativity by Cristin Bishara | ReviewRelativity by Cristin Bishara
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on September 10, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 272
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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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.

(Last Updated On: May 31, 2022)
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Ruby has been uprooted from California so she can move to Ohio with her father just so he can be with his new wife, Willow. Ruby even had to leave her friend George, though she was hoping that at one point they’d be able to get together. Plus, Willow’s daughter is really rude and seems to have it out for Ruby. It’s kind of creepy.  

One day, while running away from Willow’s daughter, Ruby finds a wormhole in an old tree that supposedly could never be cut down before. It’s actually been said that people had died trying to cut down the huge tree, which is quite surprising.  

Of course, she decides to get inside the tree and try it out, because who knows how often this type of thing will happen in life? In the wormhole, she finds many other universes though none of them ever seem to be just perfect. She’d love to find a life where her mom is still alive and the family is still living in California with George.

Will she be able to find a life this perfect?

Relativity was a really different parallel universe book because it mentioned wormholes, which was very interesting. I absolutely loved the concept of a tree being a kind of portal to other universes as well. It’s just so cool to think about! I really loved how every time Ruby went to a different universe, she never thought it was perfect enough.

This brings across the life lesson that life isn’t always perfect. I really enjoy it when books actually teach you not only one thing, but two things. Another theme brought to light through this book is to appreciate what you have.

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The entire story that came along with the magical tree was really cool. I loved how there were stories of people dying trying to hack the tree down. I also love how Willow had been painting the tree for quite a while because she had been really fascinated by it as well. It was just so mesmerizing.

I really loved the characters in this book, since for some reason characters always either make or break the story for me. Ruby was a really impressive main character. I liked how she was a bit geeky; I really appreciated that about her. She’s also really smart and she doesn’t seem to really care what others think about. I also found it so cute that she had a crush on George.

George is Ruby’s friend and she was devastated when she had to leave him in California, though she always hoped that they’d later become more. It’s really interesting to think that maybe they will become something more in a different parallel universe. Like Ruby, George was a little geeky though he was really sweet at the same time.

Kandy, Willow’s daughter, is so annoying. She always attacks Ruby for an unknown reason. It’s as if the world revolves around Kandy, which clearly it doesn’t. I found it odd that Willow didn’t know how mean Kandy had been to Ruby because for some reason Willow and Ruby’s dad always heard Kandy’s story first, so Ruby ended up looking like a liar.

I have the biggest fascination with parallel universe books, so I’d definitely recommend this book to anybody.  I find it so interesting that another version of us could actually be in a different universe living a different story. It’s just so weird to think about, which is why it’s so interesting.

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The story line was one that I’ve never heard before so I was intrigued from the first page. I fell in love with the characters so much as well. If you’re looking for a quick, fun parallel universe book, I definitely suggest picking this one up!

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Parallel Universes
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  1. I love books about parallel worlds too, so I will definitely be reading this. So glad you enjoyed it because it sounds so good. Sort of reminds me of this old show called Sliders. Great review! ~Pam

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