The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs ended up being a very different book than I was expecting. I thought this was going to be a book about a young woman, Hazel, whose grandfather, a famed mathematician, dies and leaves behind an equation for her to track down and protect from anyone else. This is the plot in the book and we do go on a hunt with Hazel as she finds clues left behind by her grandfather and tries to decode their meaning but I think it is more a book about family and how our past influences us. This is a story about a very flawed family and the expectations that family members have for one another and the struggle of trying to live up to expectations whether they be assumed or reality.
The book is told in multiple perspectives from the different family members. It was easy to follow and I felt like I was getting to know the characters. Many of them were very quirky and I love quirky characters. Because the plot is based on mathematicians there is a fair amount of math talk. I’m not a math person at all but I didn’t feel lost and I didn’t feel like the math talk disrupted my experience of the book. The plot was a bit slow moving but done in such a way that I also read this quickly because I wanted to find out how it would end.
If you love a mystery that isn’t just a mystery give this book a try.
My copy of The Last Equation of Isaac Severy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!