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Some elements I liked, some I didn't. Overall, feh.
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dvoratreis | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2024 |
Very good "science" fiction as one of the scientists at CERN tries to solve the murders of 2 of the scientists at the facility. Howard, the first victim, was found in the ring because he believes he can use the LHC as a means to travel to another universe to reconnect with dead parents and friends. The second second victim, Niels, has discovered that the murderers are two fellow scientists who have been recruited by the Russians to defect and lead the Russian effort to build a comparable version of CERN.

LOCUS: With the loss (hopefully not permanent) of Gregory Benford’s talents to a medical incident a bit over a year ago, the SF field was deprived of perhaps the most accomplished voice in depicting the reality of “doing science.” His masterpiece, Timescape, is of course the most salient example of that mode, but the steeped-in-the-academy-and-the-laboratory worldview and attitude permeate all his work.

Also currently performing in this vein (we omit mention of such deceased giants as Asimov, Clarke and Sagan) are a handful of others, such as Robert Sawyer, Allen Steele, S.L. Huang, Vernor Vinge and Cixin Liu. But it’s a demanding and sparsely populated literary territory, and so when another such writer comes along who can cover this ground well, it’s always an occasion for joy. Such a newcomer is Nova Jacobs, with her second novel. Although not a scientist by training, Jacobs exhibits keen insights into the minds and practical lifestyles of the professional physics researcher. Her book gives us verisimilitude with panache.

Now, it should be mentioned at this point that Jacobs’s book is mainly a hybrid of murder mystery and the novel of contemporary science. It hews to that mode which used to be called “the novel of science,” exemplified by the work of C.P. Snow and by Sinclair Lewis’s Arrowsmith. The speculative, stefnal stuff forms an essential but not dominant thread. For most of the plot, the reader will be immersed in the vivid personalities and the all-too-plausible machinations of the staff at the CERN collider facility spanning the Swiss-French border. But tunnelling through the “mundane” doings—“mundane” in the sense of being part of the real world, not in the sense of boring—is a multiversal motif which pays off with subtle power in the book’s climax.

Our story opens with the discovery of a corpse in the collider tunnels. It’s one of the staff scientists who, for mysterious reasons, entered the apparatus when it was dormant, and then was unfortunate enough to be caught in the deadly reactivated beam. But reactivated for what unscheduled reason, and by whom? The victim was one Howard Anderby, a brilliant but quirky fellow. No one was really close enough to him to provide any clues to his demise—except for Dr. Eve Marsh, who was secretly his lover, but remains mum.

The administrators of CERN decide that they can sit on the news of the death for a short time, to try to avoid bad publicity. But meanwhile they will employ the private investigator Sabine Leroux to discover if the death is an accident, suicide—or murder. And so begins a cat-and-mouse quest to winkle out some answers, a pursuit which is only intensified with the death of a second scientist.

This realtime arc is counterbalanced by the fifty percent of the book which is backstory, revealing the career paths, love affairs, scientific passions and familial entanglements of the cast. (Anderby’s aunt, Frances Schoenberg, who, it eventuates, helped to build CERN, plays a crucial role, lending a kind of Hardy Boys riff to the mystery.) Dr. Anav Bose is a good-natured fellow who, however, hides his true sexual identity. Simon De Vries is smart and ambitious, looking for dark matter in his special xenon tank, but usually sporting a cynical and foul mien. And then there’s Niels Thorne:

The towering man was not an actual tour guide but a Canadian physicist named Niels Thorne. In his finely cut houndstooth blazer and fringed scarf fluttering dramatically behind him, Niels was at any given time the most well-dressed person at CERN—not a particularly remarkable distinction, given that denim and athleisure wear were the lab’s reigning fashions. Still, Niels’s immaculate threads led colleagues to wonder if he came from money, while others speculated his dress was merely overcompensation for a shabby childhood. Whatever the reason Niels seemed to prefer swanning around their one-square-kilometer campus with guest to doing any real physics.

And finally there’s the hanger-on New Age author Wolfgang Shreft. Could this somewhat ridiculous self-promoter have any knowledge regarding Anderby’s death?

The two characters who receive the lion’s share of the spotlight, and who are plumbed most deeply, are PI Sabine Leroux and Dr. Eve Marsh. The two women are vastly different from each other, but Jacobs teases out their parallel qualities of curiosity, dedication, wit, and ethics.

Ultimately, The Stars Turned Inside Out provides both intellectual and visceral thrills, making us believe that the men and women who investigate the highest theoretical realms of the cosmos have their feet planted firmly in the carnal gutter with rest of us, invoking both our empathy and admiration. review by:Paul Di Filippo

Book Page: It’s been six years since author Nova Jacobs’ debut, The Last Equation of Isaac Severy, hit the bookstands, garnering an Edgar Award nomination for best American debut. And then we waited, and waited some more. I am quite happy to report that her second novel, The Stars Turned Inside Out, is well worth the intermission. Deep underground, in a secret location somewhere outside Geneva, the Large Hadron Collider goes about its business of smashing subatomic particles, allowing scientists to conduct all manner of experiments regarding the nature of the universe. When the body of physicist Howard Anderby is found in one of the tunnels, having apparently been exposed to lethal levels of radiation, security consultant Sabine Leroux is called in to determine the cause. Her investigation unearths several troubling situations that lend credence to the idea that Anderby’s death was not accidental. Sabine conducts interviews with other physicists and staff on-site, volleying scientific jargon back and forth, but it is all clearly explained, never overwhelming and will engender curiosity in the non-scientist reader. In Jacobs’ first book, the murder mystery was overlaid with mathematics; in this book, the murder mystery is overlaid with physics. I live in hope that the next one will feature chemistry or biology, and that I can further my education while doing what I enjoy—reading murder mysteries.
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derailer | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 20, 2024 |
The first thing I have to say about this story is that it contains a lot of Physics -- really, really a lot. I know nothing about Physics having managed to dodge the subject in high school, college, and graduate school. The story is also a mystery which is a genre I read and enjoy.

When the body of a young, brilliant physicist is found in the tunnel of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the director calls in her college friend Sabine Leroux, a private investigator, to determine not only how Howard Anderby died but how he found himself in the tunnel in the first place. Sabine studied Physics in college but decided that police work and later private investigation were the career for her. She sees much similarity between her job and the jobs of scientists. Fearing for CERN's funding, the director would greatly prefer not to have to call in the police.

As Sabine investigates, she finds herself dealing with all sorts of academic rivalries and secrets as she tries to learn about the life of a man who was very good at keeping his own secrets. Luckily for us readers, the story is also told in part by Eve who is another physicist at CERN. Eve also had a relationship with Howard and has more insight into his mind than anyone at the lab. The story also includes a large number of flashbacks detailing Eve and Howard's growing relationship and Howard's relationship with some of the others at CERN.

But when a second physicist is murdered and his body shows on a live stream of a tank built to capture dark matter, it is impossible to keep the police away from CERN. The second death also shifts the investigation to missing data from the lab and the scientific rivalries between the EU, China and Russia. Spies and moles and traitors to CERN are revealed in the conclusion of this mystery.

Once I allowed myself to skim lightly over the physics and the philosophy, I enjoyed this story. The characters were what kept me reading when the science went too far over my head. I recommend this one especially to science nerds, but mystery lovers will enjoy it too.
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kmartin802 | 1 muu arvostelu | Feb 28, 2024 |

Similar to the movie Good Will Hunting, this is a different work of fiction involving complex mathematics where no knowledge of the subject is required. And borrowing from another work, Ray Bradbury's A Sound of Thunder, Isaac Severy has written an equation or proof that predicts future events (there is also a game hunt angle).

The book is pretty good; the writing is good, the characters okay, and being a mystery it takes quite a while for the story to evolve which I found made it slow and sometimes boring. But I am also a sucker for books about books, and that the main character owned a bookstore and knew of and cared about books, for me, gave it a bit of a boost.
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Picathartes | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 25, 2022 |
I feel like this book was both better than I thought it was, but not quite as good as I expected. The former because my reading was more fractured than I'd like and the book never got a chance to really suck me in; it was always getting interrupted. The latter, because its novel-to-mystery ratio was higher than I'd have wished.

Isaac Severy was a brilliant mathematician whose last act before dying was writing a bombshell of an equation, which he hid away. Days after his death, his granddaughter receives a letter from him with his last wishes: to burn all his work save this equation, which she should delver to one trusted colleague and no one else. But first, she must find the equation using the clues left for her as she goes about fulfilling his final requests.

At the same time, the rest of the Severy family - blessed with brilliance and saddled with dysfunction - is left to pick up the pieces of their lives, re-orienting themselves after they lose their axis and another death unmoors them completely. Hazel's uncle, Philip, is receiving mysterious notes and visits from someone eager to meet up with him and discuss his father's work, someone who was harassing Isaac in his final days.

I ended up caring about most of the characters except Hazel herself. She was pretty unmoored from the start, and never felt like she had much resolve. For me this resulted in the impression that she never took any direction action to find the equation, so much as the clues threw themselves at her in desperation.

Speaking of clues, my biggest annoyance of all was that one of the clues was not only not discovered by Hazel, but the reader didn't got left out too. Both discover the solution after the fact, and it's a letdown.

These are minor grievances though, and I'm not sure I'd have felt the same way about these things had I been able to commit my time and attention to the book as it deserved. Perhaps more focus would have allowed me to connect more with Hazel and the story's mystery. Either way, it was an enjoyable read and kept me entertained, if not deeply invested.
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murderbydeath | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 9, 2022 |
I wanted this to be more mystery-focused and less family-focused but the writing was really strong and there were a few interesting mystery elements. I really like puzzle-based mysteries, which is what I thought I would get here based on the "a novel in clues" subheading. This book didn't really give me that but it wasn't bad by any means.½
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AKBouterse | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 1, 2021 |
Comparisons have been made to The Storied Life of AJ Fikry and the title implied this was about mathematics (which made me hope it was along the lines of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore). Alas, it's not so much about a bookstore (there is one, which Hazel walks away from) and while there is the dangerous equation from the title (which is what Hazel is seaching for) it's not about mathematics in general.

What it is, however, is a literary fiction about family, aging, a bit of self-discovery - with a quiet mystery mixed in. This isn't a fast paced mystery novel, but Hazel Severy DOES need to find and destroy the dangerous mathematical formula that Isaac left behind when he died.

Of all the characters, I actually think that Isaac was the most intriguing - and he died in the first chapter. The book hooked me from the first sentence: "On the morning he was to die, the old man woke early and set about making breakfast". While Isaac is no longer alive, his presence is felt throughout the book.

The storyline unfolds slowly and, admittedly, a lot of the characters are pretty unlikable, but as it quietly progressed I found myself drawn in as Hazel searched to find the equation. There are plot twists, betrayals, and surprises. No roller coaster ride here, but a strong debut for author Jacobs.
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jenncaffeinated | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 4, 2021 |
SPOILERS. I was hoping for a mystery I could solve along with the characters, since it was "a novel in clues," but there was little I could guess on my own; instead, it was seeing the characters figure stuff out. I did not find any of the solutions to the deaths compelling; I especially did not appreciate the way that Isaac died -- it totally undermined his character. And the whole "a woman who was not his wife" bit was clunkily obvious, not to mention the way there are no consequences for him killing Sybil. I mean, the plot was mildly interesting and scenes mostly competently written, but I need more than that to make up for the missteps.

The author referred to two secondary characters as not being white -- otherwise, white was default (in Los Angeles?) and the black character was the magical Negro who worked to save "the Jasmines and Jamals" who figured out what Gregory was doing, and the other a hotel maid who surprisingly! spoke fluent English.

Then there is the cliché of the abused foster children recused by the perfect Severys -- except of course one of the adopted children is permanently damaged. And the rampant affairs, professor-grad student inappropriate relationship, and the it's-ok-they're-not-really-cousins-because-adoption double whammy.

And now let's talk about chronic pain. And how someone with chronic pain is completely villainized and not fleshed out beyond his chronic pain and how poorly he deals with it. We know almost nothing about Tom beyond his pain and how the family tries to help him and then gives up on him because he is not worthy of more help and he is an awful human who abuses children. Why does he abuse them? Because he has chronic pain with makes him an addict -- what more do you need? Ugh. The more I write the less I like the book ... It's a perfect example of poor craft making cross-cultural portrayals/portrayals of people with specific issues not just poor prose but offensive.
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eas7788 | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 19, 2021 |
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SharronA | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 30, 2020 |
The book's premise... that Isaac's last equation is at the center of a mystery is interesting. The side stories of love, serial murder and child abuse are interesting too. Unfortunately these side stories take away from the main story. At times I was left a bit confused. Overall, not bad.
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Chrissylou62 | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 1, 2020 |
I picked up this turtle because it mentioned a comparison to AJ Fikry, but I didn’t see a connection to that beautiful story.
This novel is about the Severy family of mathematicians and the quest to find Isaac’s last equation. Isaac Severy has died but he has left a letter for his foster granddaughter, Hazel, that is written in clues for her to find the equation and then pass it in to his trusted friend. In the meantime there is a lot of serious dysfunction in this family!
People are competing to find the equation, people are dying, and there are a few affairs happening as well.
The tone and voice of the book reminded me of another author, but I can’t quite place it. This book was ok, a bit complex, but wasn’t as suspenseful as I thought it might be.

#TheLastEquationOfIsaacSevery #NovaJacobs
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rmarcin | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 21, 2020 |
This was an enjoyable read. It is a straight up mystery with a thought-provoking exploration into the power and danger of predictive mathematics. Some of the leaps taken as the main protagonist was putting together the clues, I found a little implausible, or at least not entirely well-supported, but the author took some clever, unexpected turns as well. All in all a good read.
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Sarah_Angleton | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 16, 2019 |
An enjoyable read; the broad outlines of the story were easy enough to see coming, but the little twists and turns (not too many though) kept it interesting. A mix of family drama, mystery, and thriller.
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miken32 | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 14, 2019 |
Disappointing Lack of Clues
Review of the Touchstone paperback (2018) edition

I'll confess that it was the marketing that led me astray on this one. A map on the cover image with marking stickers and apparent sites for clues leads one to believe the hyberbolic promise of the subtitle "A Novel in Clues" and the promo blurbs of "Hugely entertaining." A Edgar Award nomination for Best First Novel seemed to indicate that there would be at least some fulfillment to the promise. Such was not to be however.

Family patriarch and mathematical genius Isaac Severy dies of an apparent suicide and leaves a letter to his adopted grand-daughter Hazel which sets her off on a hunt for his rumoured last equation. It turns out that she is in competition on the search with several members of her own family and a suspicious government organization as well. It all plays out with very little suspense and a very anticlimactic conclusion. The "clues" are few and far between and not really anything of the sort where the reader can enjoy attempting to decipher them along the way. Although you would have expected the focus to be on Hazel as the main protagonist, the PoV is split fairly evenly with her uncle Philip and brother Gregory, both of whom are involved in other deceptions that are not very compelling.

Hazel's background as an independent book shop owner also holds out the promise for strings of clues related to books, which is also mostly not fulfilled. The use of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night" being the single exception.

This had the makings of a possibly delightful cozy mystery but complicated itself with needless characters and subplots. A tonal shift into the topic of child abuse also felt completely repulsive rather than a cause for empathy.
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alanteder | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 10, 2019 |
The first half of this book is one of the better written books I have read lately. However, it starts to fall apart and becomes frustrating to read. It could have been a great book with better editing.
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kerryp | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 30, 2019 |
It started strong, I was really enjoying this book after about 2 chapters in. Then is kind of degenerated to, what I suspect, is the usual trope of the mystery thriller (not really my genre, so don't have a solid foundation on that opinion), but it quickly brought back to my mind "The Day After Tomorrow" by Allan Folsom, which was just incredibly stupid. Like that book, "The Last Equation of Isaac Severy" has a convenient "deep state" foe, seeking profit behind the scenes and talented characters who can always help out in a pinch.
Even though I border-line hated "The Day After Tomorrow", I couldn't put it down. It is completely stupid, but at the same time a thrilling, easy read. This book is just has engaging. It's certainly a step up, not nearly has idiotic. It certainly is entertaining. Nova Jacobs has an MFA from USC's film school and it shows. This book is destined to be made into a "B" movie thriller. She probably determined it was easier to write a novel and have it be optioned by a studio that it would be to try to sell a spec script (not to imply that selling a novel is easy, it's certainly not, there are just more options to take than the 6 studios).½
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hhornblower | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 22, 2019 |
I purchased this book from @bookofthemonth to read with my bestie @mycornerforbooksand. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs. When we started this book I expected a mystery but it began with death and a letter from Isaac to his granddaughter Hazel. In the letter he left her clues to get to the next clue to deliver his life's work to a man she needed a clue to find. Isaac Severy and his brothers and their children are all mathematical geniuses and Hazel has always felt like an outsider. The family dynamics of this book are astonishing. The love affairs, the mathematical problems, the clues, the migraines, the crime, the relationships, it felt like watching a soap opera on paper. I didn't hate it I just didn't love it. It truly is a novel in clues and every clue leads to another then to another. If that's your kind of puzzle then this is your book. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com
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SBoren | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 15, 2019 |

So, what assumptions ? And why were they wrong? First , a few comments about “The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues” (LE). This is a debut novel by author Nova Jacobs. My Kindle version is 334 pages long. The story begins with old Isaac awaiting his assassin. Isaac has predicted the exact moment of his passing. Soon Isaac is no more and his grieving “grand-daughter” is reading a letter intended for her eyes only. The letter contains a set of very specific instructions which will ultimately lead her to a world-shattering equation. A treasure hunt of sorts begins.

Treasure hunts are fun, right? Now I’m thinking “The Da Vinci Code” and watching the brainy professor immediately begin pursuing clue 1, solving little mysteries along the way but going eventually from step A to step B to…… Well, LE is not quite as I expected. First, we have to meet Isaac’s family. Sons, a daughter, some are math brains, some are not, some are successful, some are not, a few kids, and there’s a cop. And the grand-daughter, our protagonist, is rather dull – at least in my books. And not a lot happens for the first two thirds of the story, certainly not much that elevates the tension. There are some dead bodies that creep into the story, actually a bunch toward the very end, yet I wouldn’t label this crime fiction. It’s not light as light as I expected it to be. And it’s not much a fun read. For too much of the book I wanted it to be over so I could read the next thing on my list. And the equation? I guess Hitchcock would dismiss it as a McGuffin, so I won’t get picky, but still….

Yet there were a number of positives here, and I suspect that future stories from Ms. Jacobs might hold a lot more appeal for me. LE does a very nice job showing all the dynamics and inter-relationships within a superstar’s family, and the points made here obviously apply not only to math geniuses, but also to Baseball Cy Young pitchers, and actresses with five Oscars on the mantel. In Isaac’s case, the offspring who inherited some of that math DNA but who will never match Dad’s world renown, the klutz kids who can’t add 2+2, the in-laws. Very interesting, the family stuff takes up major chunks of the first half and surfaces all the way to the end. Some insightful stuff, but hey, it’s a treasure hunt story, right? And the ending did deliver some ups and downs, a bit of chills and thrills, though maybe a tad predictable.

2 ½ stars on LibraryThing because I can do ½ stars there, 3 on Amazon because I can’t, but not recommended.½
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maneekuhi | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 19, 2019 |
There was so much to like about this book! A family gifted with mathematical genius, mystery, romance, clues, great settings. However, something eluded me and that prevented me from loving the characters and plot. I’m glad I read it.
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LMJenkins | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 28, 2018 |
When I picked up Nova Jacobs’ The Last Equation of Isaac Severy I was after a palate cleanser. In that respect, the eccentric Severy clan and Hazel’s quest to carry out her beloved grandfather’s wishes did not disappoint. Right from the word go, Jacobs sets the darkly comic tone. In a similar feel to the delightfully quirky Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, the clues to solving this puzzle are hidden in plain sight. As such, while the investigative journey is engaging, the answers when revealed are not entirely shocking to an astute reader. What did come as a pleasant surprise was the depth and sensitivity with which Jacobs also explores darker, more weighty, societal issues within this framework. Read full review >>
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BookloverBookReviews | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 4, 2018 |
This is a unique novel that revolves around the life, death and work of a great mathematician (Isaac). There are many people interested in what he had been working on prior to his death including his kids and his adopted granddaughter who is ultimately his main character. The central mysteries are twofold. What are the details of Isaac's death and why are so many people interested in his work? Though not thoroughly drenched in math it would be helpful for the reader to have some knowledge (but not essential) to enjoying the novel. Well worth the reading.
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muddyboy | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2018 |
Cerebral is the best word that I can think of to describe this book. I did enjoy it, hence the 4 stars, but at the same time I had trouble getting through it. There is lot of mathematics in it, and a lot of very cerebral clues to the ongoing mystery of finding exactly what the title says - the last equation of Isaac Severy. The book is engaging with its super-brainy family and because of Hazel Dine. Hazel's life is kind of a mess in Seattle. Her struggling bookstore is barely keeping afloat. She's lost her home, and bills are piling up. When her grandfather dies, she heads back to California for his funeral, and finds that her brilliant grandfather has left her a mystery to find, secure and take to a safe and reliable source. Many are interested in this equation, and she is at odds with people from her own family as well as various illicit and secretive companies. In amongst all the mathematical mysteries, there also appears to be a serial vigilante killer about who is getting rid of people who have caused misery and unhappiness to others (mostly children). Hazel gets drawn into this as well since the identity of this killer appears to be closer to her than she realizes. Hazel doesn't know who to trust as she sets out to do what her grandfather has asked her to. This is definitely a mystery story with a real difference. It makes you think and reason all the way through.
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Romonko | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 21, 2018 |
I binge-read this book in three days. I almost just had to call in sick to work to stay home to read.

Isaac Severy, a renowned mathematician, has died, and in a secret missive to his adopted granddaughter Hazel, he commands that all his work be destroyed so that no one will get their hands on his last equation. His letter also says that two more people will die.

Thus begins the race for Hazel to decode the letter and figure out what her grandfather is alluding to in his furtive message before anyone else, other math-genius relatives included, get their hands on Isaac’s work. This is a little bit Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore, a little bit DaVinci Code, but The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is superior to both of these other books. Pigeon-holing it into the “thriller” category isn’t quite accurate.

Do not be deterred by the math element! This book is fascinating, fast-paced, and there are numerous twists throughout the story to keep your mind sharp and your fingers flying through the pages. And the best thing is, you don’t need to understand the math to appreciate the complexity of the story. There are surprises throughout the story, so instead of it being a huge slog of set-up to get to the epiphany at the denouement (I’m looking at you, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), there are constant revelations and unforeseen curve balls to keep interest piqued throughout. There are numerous characters introduced quickly in the beginning, which can seem overwhelming, but the author deftly aids the reader in keeping everything straight.

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is an exciting ride, and though I am loath to encourage more book-to-screen adaptations, it would make an incredible Netflix series.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Touchstone for this advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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ErickaS | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 2, 2018 |
Hazel Severy's grandfather Isaac Severy has just died, the cause is an apparent suicide, but Hazel isn't so sure, mainly because Isaac has left her with a mysterious letter. He has asked that she find his last mathematical equation and hand it over to a trusted friend before it falls into the wrong hands.

Hazel isn't particularly mathematically inclined, so she isn't sure why her grandfather hasn't left the equation her his son Philip a professor of theoretical physics or her brother Gregory, a police officer, or the long lost grandson, who shows up out of the blue at the funeral. Nevertheless, Hazel decides to proceed with her grandfather's wish, particularly as he has suggested in his letter that his death will not be the only one. But it isn't going to be easy for Hazel to find her way through the maze of obstacles or the other people who want to find the last great work of Isaac Severy. Nor is she particularly sure what all the fuss is about. Nevertheless, she feels she owes it to her grandfather to grant his last wish.

This book has everything going for it, a little mystery, a smidgen of romance, a dysfunctional family full of drama and layers of intrigue. It was a little unlike anything I've read lately. I loved it so much I couldn't put it down. Frankly, this surprised me as mathematics isn't a topic I assumed would be so thrilling, and yet this one was. The story was very well developed and a lot of fun to read. I can't wait to see what the author will come up with next.

Thanks to Touchstone for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.
More reviews at: www.susannesbooklist.blogspot.com
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SUS456 | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 26, 2018 |
When I first started breading this, it seemed as if was going to be a treasure hunt of a novel. The treasure belonging to a highly touted mathametician, and the treasure a brilliant equation, which many seek. When Isaac died under suspicious circumstances his granddaughter is left a letter containing clues as to where this equation is, and also to whom he wants it given.

But....this is not exactly a treasure hunt, it is also or maybe more about a family with the majority of family members having a certain type of genius. The few that don't are somewhat dismissed, not valued as highly. Many of them have secrets, are more or less than they seem. A rather dysfunctional group of characters.

I thought this was written very well, in fact the writing drew me in more consistently than the story. The story itself, started out strong, kind of lagged and lost me in the middle, and then picked up again in the latter third. Except for a few, I found the majority of characters unlikable. All in all for me it was an okay read, a different read, with some wonderful writing.

ARC from Netgalley.
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Beamis12 | 26 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 11, 2018 |