Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Walker Childrens
ISBN: 0802734685Find on Goodreads
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 an ecopy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Relativity started off a little rough for me. The main character, Ruby, is upset that her dad has remarried and moved her from California to Ohio with her new stepmother and criminal stepsister. Ruby is such a brat about it though. Her new stepmother, Willow, seems so amazing. Sure, Kandy, her stepsister, was a little psychotic, but Ruby totally provoked it by invading her space. Kandy reminded me a lot of Dalia on Suburgatory...a lot. Ruby becomes fascinated with a large oak that can be seen from the view in Kandy's room. Willow tells her a few urban legend tales about the tree when she asks and Ruby is extremely intrigued. The scientific motors are a whirling and Ruby goes to investigate.
The tree ends up being a wormhole and she lands herself in a universe where her mother didn't die and her older brother wasn't miscarried (if I remember correctly).
I have been obsessed with parallel universes since Fringe opened up their multiverse storyline. After Ruby travels through the wormhole the first time, I was hooked on the story. I completely and wholly devoured it. I still think Ruby wasn't the most likeable protagonist. I loved Willow and Ruby's mother. I'm glad there wasn't a love triangle and love the science in this book. Totally made me geek out :) It was very well written and executed!
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