Review: Relativity {Cristin Bishara}

If Ruby could change the world, then her dad would never have remarried, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mother would still be alive.

When she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield, with a wormhole to nine alternate realities, there's a chance Ruby can get everything she's always wanted.

Now Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing various versions of her life. One where the windshield wiper misses her mother's throat and her brother survived his ill-fated birth. 

Her ideal world, where everything she could ever want is within reach. But is there such thing as a perfect place? And is Ruby willing to give up everything she's ever known to find out?


The idea of parallel universes is fascinating and I love to think about the possibility of other versions of ourselves, influenced by the smallest choices. Ruby gets the opportunity to experience those alternative realities in Relativity and I enjoyed seeing the subtle differences in her other lives. 

Not all of them where huge, dramatic things, which I appreciated. It was nice and more 'realistic' that in some worlds there were only minute differences. I also liked the idea of how different Ruby would have been if she'd followed each of those paths. In some worlds she is depicted as being an entirely different person and I think that's an interesting idea; it really shows how significantly our choices can affect who we are.

Unfortunately, the book as a whole left me luke-warm. Since Ruby jumped from universe to universe, we never really got to know each world or the people in it. We were constantly seeing different versions of them and none of those versions were explored, which meant the only true character was Ruby. I found her to be a little one-dimensional and whiny, so I didn't really have anyone to connect with.

The science in this book was interesting; Cristin provided a lot of theories and explanations for the existence of parallel worlds and she even used quotes from Einstein to support these theories. It all felt very well-researched.

But a lot of it went completely over my head and I found myself bored with all the information dumping. I didn't really care for such an abundance of explanation and felt there was just too much thrown at me. Too many worlds that Ruby was constantly hopping in and out of, and not enough character development to hold my interest.

There was a lot of potential in the story, but there was more focus on the idea of the parallel worlds than the way they were executed. It was as though Cristin was in a hurry to get everything on the page and forgot to focus on the details, so the story ended up feeling a little rushed and underdeveloped.


Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.


  1. Oh, that's a shame. Sometimes, I feel as though authors have the PERFECT setup in their minds, but it just doesn't translate all that well onto the pages, you know? It sounds like that might have been the case with this one. Such a shame! Thank you for the honest review though, Allie!

  2. I've been curious about this book. Sorry it wasn't as good as you would have hoped. A whiny character can be a big pet peeve for me and I completely understand about information overload sometimes :) Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  3. Oh dear, I love the sound of this and how the alternate realities are explored but too bad about the info dumping ruining your experience. Great review Allie!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  4. My thoughts on this were pretty similar to yours, unfortunately. I am beginning to think sci-fi is just not for me, or at least YA science fiction. I do like the genre but it seems like YA sci fi is just all over the place.

    1. I love sci-fi, but I agree YA sci-fi is becoming a watered down version of the genre :/ it's a shame because there are such potential in the plots!

  5. I'm truly starting to think sci-fi isn't my genre. I've read a few books, and sometimes I can dabble in it and enjoy it, but most of the time I'm slamming my head against the wall wondering why on earth I chose this book at all. For example, I'm reading Pivot Point. Which could be considered sci-fi, what with the powers and stuff, but I'm just not into it. Everyone raved about it and I'm...luke warm, as you put it. It's frustrating to me that YA sci-fi isn't as particular as YA paranormal, or YA contemporary. I feel like YA sci-fi is cleverly disguised romance or paranormal or high fantasy.

    Sydney @ Utterly Bookish

    1. This is so weird because I'm currently reading Pivot Point too and I just can't get into it either!! You're right; everyone raved about it, but I just can't see why. I'm finding it kind of boring :/

      I think YA sci-fi never lives up to the mark traditional sci-fi does. The premise is often so interesting, but it gets watered down (like Pivot Point - which seems to be just a glorified love-triangle book from what I've read so far).