I just want to point out that it is in fact past 3am here in England as I am writing this. I finished the book just over an hour ago and as I was laid in bed, I just couldn’t help but let my mind wonder off and think about all of the information and events inside of this book. I think that has to say it all really doesn’t it? When a book has this effect on you, it is simply nothing short of brilliant.
This YA fiction novel transcends multiple genres, from mystery to thriller and through adventure and touches ever so slightly on science fiction. They are all wonderfully interwoven and it all starts with Luke Canning, an orphaned teenager living in Australia. With his best friend Murray, the two teenagers have managed to track the orbit of a tenth planet in our solar system and the amateur astronomers are excited about the prospect this brings. Suddenly all things turns south for Luke as his best friend surprisingly ‘commits suicide’ and his own house is blown up in a gas explosion. He quickly goes on the run and the deadly excitement never falters.
The police think Luke is dead, that is all except for Seymour who knows that things do not just add up. And who is the mysterious Hiroshi that is tracking Luke down and wants him dead? Luke has nowhere to turn; every time he tries to inform the world’s leading professors in astronomy, they end up dead. It isn’t until he escapes to Hawaii that he encounters Seira and her team.
They are a group of researchers that know the hidden truth about the forgotten planet of Eris and the true history of the ancients that lived long ago. As Ms Gray describes “So we’ve got a geologist … and an archaeologist and professor of linguistics … a specialist in aeronautics in the pilot seat and an astronomer. What a fine crew.” And what a fine crew they are! Each character has their own individual personality and contributes to the story each in their own way.
This team and Luke soon discover that Eris is set to return into Earth’s orbit and each time it does so, civilisation is wiped out. Imagine a theory; a theory that actually we aren’t the first advanced civilisation who has lived upon Earth. For centuries before us, the ancients knew how to fly, how to create advanced weaponry and how to map out the solar system. However, the world’s wealthiest governments don’t want this information to be leaked to the public and Luke, Seira and co are in a race against time. Not only are they being chased for the information they possess, but as each day ends, the tenth planet moves ever closer and what does that mean for civilisation as we know it?
What I loved about this book was the accurate, detailed and brilliantly intriguing information pilled in bucket loads, but delivered with such expertise and softness that it neither comes across as patronising or too far fetched. The Everything Theory is truly the Da Vinci Code for YA. Dianne Gray touches on science, history, religion, culture … the list goes on! She talks of discoveries made in Egyptian tombs of ornamental flying planes, she ploughs through ancient texts that when told in a different light actually makes you gasp aloud in amazement. A particular favourite statement of mine in the book goes something similar to this: What if we haven’t discovered how to create all of these advanced technologies but in fact re-discovered them. There is a powerful train of thought there.
But as if that wasn’t enough, the thing that perhaps hits you the most is just how real this book is. Dianne describes everything with such realism without the need for extremely flamboyant imagery and the result is refreshing. The pace of the book never seems to flatten either. Just as Luke has escaped, there is a new danger looming whether it is in Australia, Hawaii or Indonesia; they are never safe. It is this pace that best suits a YA novel. Readers will never be able to put this down and rightfully so.
I’m sure this review doesn’t do the book the justice it so justly deserves. Why this book isn’t a bestseller I’ll never know? In recent years, many authors have jumped on the ancient conspiracy, religious propaganda bandwagon and followed in Dan Brown’s footsteps. Dianne Gray goes one step further. This isn’t about an ancient conspiracy, this is about a fight for survival, about discovering the clues left by the ancients who want to try and warn the future generations about the deadly cycle of Eris.
As I was coming to end of the novel, I couldn’t help but wonder how Dianne Gray was going to end it. I won’t give too much away, but first of all it was so inspirational and invigorating to see Luke transform from teenager to a mature adult. Besides that, the epilogue was in all honesty one of the best ways I’ve ever seen a novel end. It was done with such humility and purpose and as I put the story down, I was completely overtaken by the goose bumps that had unknowingly crept all down my arms.
With that said, what are you waiting for? The eBook here in the UK is so cheap; it’s fantastic value for money! On both Amazon on iTunes it is just £1.99! You can’t complain at that. Click on the links to check them out. If you have read this fantastic book, please comment and start a discussion. Let me know your thoughts. You can visit Dianne Gray’s addictive blog and also follow her on Twitter.