Review: Relativity by Cristin Bishara

September 20, 2013 Review 48 ★★★★

Review: Relativity by Cristin Bishara
Relativity by Cristin Bishara
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Publisher: Walker
Source: Blog Tour
Pages: 288
Release Date: September 10th, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 Relativity by Cristin Bishara

RELATIVITY was a pretty unique book for its genre, which is refreshing because science fiction seems a bit repetitive even though there is so much to go on.

From the very beginning, I really liked Ruby. She has a very unique voice and reminds me of myself at that age. Ruby has flaws, but that is what makes her such a realistic character. Although, she did make me feel a bit inferior because she was very smart, pulling things out of nowhere sometimes. (Wish that would happen to me on my exams)

The alternate realty concept in this book was really facinating, it reminded me a bit of Pivot Point except Relativity gave more explanation and actually seemed like maybe, just maybe, alternate realties were out there. Along with this, though, is the fact that it did get a little confusing at times. There were some subjects that were new to me and I had a hard time trying to understand the concept. But hey, that is science fiction!

RELATIVITY definitely leaves you thinking, and while I wished there were a little more closure on things, I very much enjoyed the story and will be looking out for more from this author!


Cristin Bishara Author

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Before publishing Relativity, Cristin Bishara worked as a professional copywriter, and taught composition and fiction writing at the university level. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing. Cristin lives in Florida with her husband, two girls, and rescued racing greyhound.


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Rating Report
Overall: 4

48 Responses to “Review: Relativity by Cristin Bishara”

  1. Joyousreads

    I’ve seen this book around but have never took any interest in it…at least, not enough to even read the synopsis. Now that I have, I think I like the concept. The character picks and chooses how the story plays out for the good or bad. I hope this one ended in the former.

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    • Alise

      Yeah, it had a great ending :) I agree, the concept is so interesting because I think everyone has wished they would have chosen a different path at some point.

  2. Andrea @ Beauty but a Funny Girl

    I love alternate universe novels. I myself would never want to enter one – you never know what you’re going to end up with – but I love reading them! It’s always interesting to see how the author differs the worlds and how the main character perceives this difference.
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  3. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    The idea of parallel universes has always intrigued me! I got more interested once I read “When the World was Flat.. and we were in Love” by Ingrid Jonach. I saw this book on Netgalley and always meant to request it, but never did! I guess I missed out.

    Nice review, it was right to the point!
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  4. Lesley Marie

    Ha, I just read a book that deals with alternate realities, too. But it was one of those contemporary, not sci-fi… I agree with Kayla, alternate realities do seem to be getting popular in the YA genre now. Not that I’m complaining :P

    Relativity sounds like a really great book and Rudy sounds like a great character. I think I would feel inferior to her, too. I blank out a lot when I take test. (This isn’t a good thing when you like seeing A’s and B’s on your report card.)

    I will definitely be picking this one up at some point this year! Great review!
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    • Alise

      Hmm, I’m curious about that, a contemporary with alternate realities? Sounds very interesting.

      Oh gosh, I know. I am a terrible test taker, I wish I had Ruby’s knowledge!

  5. Becca @ Nawanda Files

    This one sounds pretty good! I like that the voice is great, and that she was able to write alternate realities in a way that made you think they could actually exist. I actually have yet to read an alternate reality book, but my sis loved Pivot Point, so I’ll let her know about this one :D
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    • Alise

      Yeah, there are so many Sci Fi books that are really hindered by the fact that they are so far-fetched. This one wasn’t like that all, it was great! Nice :D

  6. Bookworm1858

    I really like your comparison to Pivot Point, one of my favorite books of the year. I’m looking forward to checking this one out and seeing what scientific theories are offered to explain this.
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  7. Eve

    Ooh, I have this one from NetGalley! I just need to go through a few more books before I get to this one. It sounds really good + the cover is just GORGEOUS!
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  8. Aman

    I actually love when alternate universe are explained more in a book. Parallel is my favorite for that specific reason, so I’m really looking forward to this book. I was initially put off by the science fiction part, but I didn’t knew that was in relation to the different realities storylines, and since they are my favorite at the moment, I can’t say no :) Great review, Alise! :)
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  9. Tanja

    I have seen this book a while ago and I can say that I’m really curious about it. It sounds like something I don’t want to miss especially when you say it’s unique. It’s a magical word :) Great review.
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  10. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    I’ve been looking forward to this book! I’m glad to hear that it worked for you. It sounds like the concepts are well thought out and it’s great to know that you found it fascinating, despite the slight confusion. I’m eager to pick it up myself now. Lovely review! :)
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  11. Romi Foster

    Oh wow, the cover on this one is really neat- it’s so interesting! Unfortunately I don’t think the book itself sounds like my sort of thing, though alternate reality being a factor sounds really interesting. I really like the idea of that, but haven’t read very many books where I’ve enjoyed it.
    I actually really like science fiction, though I certainly need to read some more!
    Glad you liked this one, Alise!
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    • Alise

      You should definitely give the book a try if you like sci fi :) Although I would be hesitant if you didn’t like the rest of the books that were about alternate realities. Thanks!

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