The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy A Novel in Clues A hugely entertaining Wall Street Journal mystery starring a Royal Tenenbaums esque clan of geniuses Martha Stewart Living perfect for fans of Mr Penumbra s Hour Bookstore

  • Title: The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues
  • Author: Nova Jacobs
  • ISBN: 1501175130
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • A hugely entertaining Wall Street Journal mystery starring a Royal Tenenbaums esque clan of geniuses Martha Stewart Living perfect for fans of Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore.In this riveting brilliant Booklist debut, Hazel Severy, the owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from her adoptive grandfather mathematician Isaac Severy days after A hugely entertaining Wall Street Journal mystery starring a Royal Tenenbaums esque clan of geniuses Martha Stewart Living perfect for fans of Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore.In this riveting brilliant Booklist debut, Hazel Severy, the owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from her adoptive grandfather mathematician Isaac Severy days after he dies in a suspected suicide In his puzzling letter, Isaac alludes to a secretive organization that is after his final bombshell equation, and he charges Hazel with safely delivering it to a trusted colleague But first, she must find where the equation is hidden.While in Los Angeles for Isaac s funeral, Hazel realizes she s not the only one searching for his life s work, and that the equation s implications have potentially disastrous consequences for the extended Severy family, a group of dysfunctional geniuses unmoored by the sudden death of their patriarch As agents of an enigmatic company shadow Isaac s favorite son a theoretical physicist and a long lost cousin mysteriously reappears in Los Angeles, the equation slips further from Hazel s grasp She must unravel a series of confounding clues hidden inside one of her favorite novels, drawing her ever closer to his mathematical treasure But when her efforts fall short, she is forced to enlist the help of those with questionable motives A novel that is anything but clueless, filled with consideration and compassion The Washington Post , The Last Equation of Isaac Severy proves that, like Hazel, you don t have to love math to fall under the Severy spell Get A Copy Kindle Store Online 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Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jun 11, 2018 jessica rated it liked it review of another edition i dont normally pick up books randomly, but this was showcased at my local library and i have been in a mood for mystery books this past week so i thought why not for this book to be described as a novel in clues, i was expecting of a whodunnit like premise, but it felt like general contemporary fiction to me the writing style and storytelling reminded me a lot of jonathan tropper and cynthia d aprix sweeney i wish there had been of a mystery element to this, but the fa i dont normally pick up books randomly, but this was showcased at my local library and i have been in a mood for mystery books this past week so i thought why not for this book to be described as a novel in clues, i was expecting of a whodunnit like premise, but it felt like general contemporary fiction to me the writing style and storytelling reminded me a lot of jonathan tropper and cynthia d aprix sweeney i wish there had been of a mystery element to this, but the family dynamics and drama in this book werent too bad for a debut book, i was quite content with this 3 stars flag 92 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Apr 03, 2018 Leslie Ray rated it it was amazing review of another edition This book begins with an intriguing opening line, On the morning he was to die, the old man woke early and set about making breakfast The book did not fail to deliver and I found myself not wanting to put it down but yet wanting to make it last as long as possible A famous mathematician, Isaac Severy, is found dead, but leaves a cryptic note to his granddaughter Hazel with instructions regarding the last equation he was working on This equation is of interest to several people as it proves This book begins with an intriguing opening line, On the morning he was to die, the old man woke early and set about making breakfast The book did not fail to deliver and I found myself not wanting to put it down but yet wanting to make it last as long as possible A famous mathematician, Isaac Severy, is found dead, but leaves a cryptic note to his granddaughter Hazel with instructions regarding the last equation he was working on This equation is of interest to several people as it proves that everything is predetermined, including the exact time of death There appear to be side plots involving several of the family members but as you read it, you come to realize it has all been intricately woven by the author with a setting in contemporary Los Angeles One of the reviewers mentioned that she started this book all over once she finished it I could have done the same thing I look forward to future books from this author as this was truly an enjoyable read flag 85 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Mar 03, 2018 Fran rated it really liked it review of another edition Mathematical genius and patriarch of the dysfunctional Severy family has died of apparent suicide by electrocution The Severy family of geniuses is undone by Isaac Severy s sudden death Adopted granddaughter Hazel receives a letter, dated before his death, asking her to perform a daunting task Isaac entrusts her with a cryptic assignment She is asked to safely deliver his final equation to a trusted colleague whose favorite pattern is herringbone Is this note the disjoint ruminations of an Mathematical genius and patriarch of the dysfunctional Severy family has died of apparent suicide by electrocution The Severy family of geniuses is undone by Isaac Severy s sudden death Adopted granddaughter Hazel receives a letter, dated before his death, asking her to perform a daunting task Isaac entrusts her with a cryptic assignment She is asked to safely deliver his final equation to a trusted colleague whose favorite pattern is herringbone Is this note the disjoint ruminations of an unstable genius Should Hazel disregard the request Hazel Severy feels a debt of obligation to Isaac Isaac and wife, Lily rescued Hazel and brother Gregory from abusive foster parent, Tom who is currently jailed in L.A She always felt uncomfortable in the company of the Severy math geniuses She was non mathematical Why would Isaac trust her with this job This is what Isaac s letter statesI am being followed in room 137 must be destroyed and hard drives reformatted not visit the house past Octoberree will dieme firstl no one Hazel must find and unravel hidden clues to locate the equation secreted in a surprising place Hazel is not the only one searching for the equation Family members, business associates, even virtual strangers want to aid or block Hazel s efforts The Last Equation of Isaac Severy A Novel in Clues by Nova Jacobs is an excellent debut novel That said, this reader felt that there were too many Severy family members to follow The novel might have been enhanced by in depth discussion using less characters Nova Jacobs has provided a fun read I look forward to her future writing.Thank you Touchstone and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Last Equation of Isaac Severy flag 79 likesLike see review View all 31 comments Apr 09, 2018 Diane S rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 read When I first started reading 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.Butis is not exactly a treasure hunt, it is also or maybe about a family with the majority of family members having a When I first started reading 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.Butis is not exactly a treasure hunt, it is also or maybe 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 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 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 writingC from Netgalley flag 73 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Mar 13, 2018 Nova Jacobs rated it it was amazing Review from the author review of another edition Gotta love for letting me rate my own book It s been such a thrilling launch Much appreciation to all the Book of the Month Club members who chose Isaac Severy and are posting such gorgeous pictures , and to all the readers out there who took a chance on the Severy family Thank you flag 56 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Mar 14, 2018 Maxwell rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, i own it This book totally surprised me I was expecting a fun, lighthearted adventure mystery story which it definitely was but also got a novel about death and the universe and family The main characters because the story focuses on than just Hazel like the blurb leads you to believe are flawed and complex and relatable I particularly liked Philip s storyline, though I loved Hazel and Gregory too And the mystery aspect of this novel definitely had me turning pages and guessing at what would h This book totally surprised me I was expecting a fun, lighthearted adventure mystery story which it definitely was but also got a novel about death and the universe and family The main characters because the story focuses on than just Hazel like the blurb leads you to believe are flawed and complex and relatable I particularly liked Philip s storyline, though I loved Hazel and Gregory too And the mystery aspect of this novel definitely had me turning pages and guessing at what would happen next All in all this was a delightfully fun and thought provoking read that exceeded my expectations 4.5 stars flag 54 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 13, 2018 Ann Marie Lit Wit Wine Dine rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, family dynamics, fiction, mystery suspense, quirky fun You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit Wit Wine Dine The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is a delightfully fresh literary mystery It was just the thing to get me out of a the little slump I d been in I wasn t in the mood for something terribly heavy or terribly morbid I m always up for quirky characters No matter that the quirkiest character was deceased prior to Chapter One Of an apparent suicide In a hot tub With a string of Christmas lights Hazel, adopted granddaughter of Isaac You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit Wit Wine Dine The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is a delightfully fresh literary mystery It was just the thing to get me out of a the little slump I d been in I wasn t in the mood for something terribly heavy or terribly morbid I m always up for quirky characters No matter that the quirkiest character was deceased prior to Chapter One Of an apparent suicide In a hot tub With a string of Christmas lights Hazel, adopted granddaughter of Isaac Severy, famed mathematician, receives a cryptic letter upon his death It s written by Isaac and in it he asks that she complete a series of tasks She must tell no one She must decipher a series of clues in oder to fulfill her grandfather s last wishes It s not going to be an easy task Hazel is not as scientifically minded as her grandfather Hazel has no idea why she has been chosen to complete these tasks More importantly, she has no idea why her grandfather wants this particular set of tasks to be completed in the first place.As we follow Hazel on her journey to carry out Isaac s last wishes, we learn about how Hazel and her brother came to be part of the Severy family They are an eclectic and somewhat dysfuctional bunch All of the members of Isaac s family were carefully and fully developed Each had a particular set of flaws and weaknesses In most cases, these were balanced with a set of likable traits I really enjoyed the family drama aspect of this book both the parts that were central to the plot and those that were not Nova Jacobs did a remarkable job of balancing the whimsy and lightness of this book with serious issues many families face.There was a subplot that was as intriguing as the plot The author did a fabulous job of keeping both going at just the right pace The farther I read into the book, the harder it was to walk away from.As one might expect, there was a fair amount of math y language throughout the book String theory this and chaos theory that If I m honest, that was all blah, blah, blah to me but I fully appreciated what it meant to Isaac, his family, and his colleagues I thought it added a unique twist We read about all manner of professions and hobbies, why not mathematics Overall, I found The Last Equation of Isaac Severy to be a thoroughly enjoyable read As a debut, it s even impressive I m definitely looking forward to hearing what Nova Jacobs has in store for us in the future.4.25 5 starsMany thanks to Touchstone for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 41 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Mar 01, 2018 Book of the Month added it review of another edition Why I Love ItBy BOTM Guest Judge Sophia BushEverything in nature follows mathematical patterns Planets follow elliptical orbits, flowers follow the Fibonacci sequence, and snowflakes crystallize with complex symmetrical elegance Clues to the intricacy of the universe, if you will, and there s nothing I like better than a finely crafted succession of clues Which brings me to this engaging, clever book.Never fear, this is no tale of dry mathematical theory It s a sharp puzzle mystery, full of Why I Love ItBy BOTM Guest Judge Sophia BushEverything in nature follows mathematical patterns Planets follow elliptical orbits, flowers follow the Fibonacci sequence, and snowflakes crystallize with complex symmetrical elegance Clues to the intricacy of the universe, if you will, and there s nothing I like better than a finely crafted succession of clues Which brings me to this engaging, clever book.Never fear, this is no tale of dry mathematical theory It s a sharp puzzle mystery, full of stimulating questions that make it impossible to stop turning the pages Isaac Severy, the book s namesake, is dead before the story has even begun In the first chapter, his heirs an intelligent, quirky, and fractured Californian family have gathered to pay their last respects What they don t know is that, before he died, Professor Severy created a world changing mathematical equation and left the only clue to its whereabouts with his beloved granddaughter, Hazel.Following Hazel on her quest to find the equation is like speeding through the winding canyons of the Hollywood Hills which does happen in this book, although no one seems to get stuck in as much traffic as I generally do The sinister organization on Hazel s tail keeps tension high, and the love interest she may or may not be able to trust keeps us guessing Watching her navigate the tumultuous dramas of family, fate, and formulas had me glued to the story until the end Isaac Severy left me with the lasting realization that mathematics is a love language Well done, professor.Read at flag 40 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jul 22, 2018 Victoria rated it liked it review of another edition Imaginative premise and superb writing could not save this story from being overwhelmed by its themes Predictive mathematical models, chaos theory, dysfunctional family dynamics, child abuse, vigilante justice and a pseudo incestuous relationship just to name a few Throw in a multitude of characters and an exploration of fate and you have a muddled tale I could not decipher This is another book that I kept reading for its ambition and I thought it would all make sense in the end Instead I wa Imaginative premise and superb writing could not save this story from being overwhelmed by its themes Predictive mathematical models, chaos theory, dysfunctional family dynamics, child abuse, vigilante justice and a pseudo incestuous relationship just to name a few Throw in a multitude of characters and an exploration of fate and you have a muddled tale I could not decipher This is another book that I kept reading for its ambition and I thought it would all make sense in the end Instead I was left with only one word, a sound really huh While beset with too many plot points and drama than detecting, I m bumping a 2.5 experience to three stars for the stellar writing and intrigue For a debut there was much that was impressive and I m willing to give this author another try flag 37 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Mar 08, 2018 Karen rated it really liked it review of another edition Three will die I am the first A spark is lit in struggling bookseller Hazel s life after she receives a surprising and mysterious posthumous letter from her mathematician genius grandfather Isaac Isaac is thought to have committed suicide in his Jacuzzi with Christmas lights wrapped around him yet his breakfast table was set for two.Isaac s letter to Hazel is cryptic Know that I am offf spelling is correct hmmm, first clue sound mind when I ask that you destroy my work in Room 137 Bu Three will die I am the first A spark is lit in struggling bookseller Hazel s life after she receives a surprising and mysterious posthumous letter from her mathematician genius grandfather Isaac Isaac is thought to have committed suicide in his Jacuzzi with Christmas lights wrapped around him yet his breakfast table was set for two.Isaac s letter to Hazel is cryptic Know that I am offf spelling is correct hmmm, first clue sound mind when I ask that you destroy my work in Room 137 Burn Smash Reformat He goes on to direct Hazel to find and deliver a special secret equation to an un named man who is into herringbone Hazel s life is about to get ALOT interesting and I enthusiastically go along for the ride as she puts on her Sherlock Holmes hat.Numerous clues, suspects, and puzzle pieces to be found in Hazel s favorite book, and mathematics Refreshing approach This book started off a little slow during introduction of several characters at Isaac s funeral, but got my wheels turning early about who could be the bad guy or gal My enjoyment of Jacobs snappy mystery , family drama and vivid characters grew as I read on A fun read flag 28 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 05, 2017 Cindy Burnett rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.5 4 starsThe Last Equation of Isaac Severy is an entertaining read I majored in math in college and loved that aspect of the book Hazel is a likeable if somewhat na ve protagonist, and her hunt for her grandfather s secret last equation kept me reading I waited a few days to write my review because I was not sure how I felt about the ending two aspects troubled me a bit the location of the equation and the identity of the vigilante Sadly, waiting a few days didn t help me resolve my thou 3.5 4 starsThe Last Equation of Isaac Severy is an entertaining read I majored in math in college and loved that aspect of the book Hazel is a likeable if somewhat na ve protagonist, and her hunt for her grandfather s secret last equation kept me reading I waited a few days to write my review because I was not sure how I felt about the ending two aspects troubled me a bit the location of the equation and the identity of the vigilante Sadly, waiting a few days didn t help me resolve my thoughts so I guess I will just be left in a state of limbo on whether I believe either issue was resolved reasonably and realistically As a sidebar, I have noted before my annoyance with suggestions of if you liked this book you will certainly like ____ The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is billed as appealing to those who liked Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore and The Storied Life of A.J Fikry, both huge favorites of mine I don t see the comparison at all While the main character Hazel owns a bookstore in Seattle, she is staying in Los Angeles for the entirety of the book, and the store is rarely mentioned I am loath to use that type of recommendation except in certain unique circumstances, but if I were to do so here it would be to analogize it to puzzle or elaborate mystery books Hazel is charged with protecting Isaac s life work and making sure it does not fall into the hands of the wrong parties The catch is she that has to find it first, and the majority of the book focuses on her hunt.Overall, I liked The Last Equation of Isaac Severy I received this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag 27 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Apr 23, 2018 Sue Em rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves kindle, netgalley Hazel Severy has been set on a quest by her recently deceased grandfather, Isaac Severy, a renown mathematician His letter to her stresses secrecy and suspicion of everyone else within the family and without This charming narrative poses puzzles and clues to help her solve find his last equation and deliver it safely to his only trusted friend Even without a facility for numbers, I found the puzzles interesting and the book enjoyable.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity t Hazel Severy has been set on a quest by her recently deceased grandfather, Isaac Severy, a renown mathematician His letter to her stresses secrecy and suspicion of everyone else within the family and without This charming narrative poses puzzles and clues to help her solve find his last equation and deliver it safely to his only trusted friend Even without a facility for numbers, I found the puzzles interesting and the book enjoyable.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review flag 26 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2017 Touchstone Books rated it it was amazing review of another edition Mr Penumbra A.J Fikry Eleanor Oliphant If any of these names make your heart do a whimsical little flip, you re going to want to get acquainted with ISAAC SEVERY So much love for this fantastic debut novel flag 24 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 11, 2018 Jessica rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves fiction I got this because I saw it described as an adult Westing Game.It s not This was a huge letdown It was messy and anti climactic I didn t enjoy it very much at all flag 23 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 10, 2019 Vanessa rated it really liked it review of another edition Intelligence fades Sex fades The thrill fades Where is the wisdom that is supposed to compensate for the loss But if his father s death had taught him anything, it was that there was no real wisdom with age, only forced compliance.This book was my first great read of 2019 Isaac Severy was the paterfamilias of a family made up of exceptional scientific and mathematical minds and academic disappointments, in some cases both at once When he is found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Intelligence fades Sex fades The thrill fades Where is the wisdom that is supposed to compensate for the loss But if his father s death had taught him anything, it was that there was no real wisdom with age, only forced compliance.This book was my first great read of 2019 Isaac Severy was the paterfamilias of a family made up of exceptional scientific and mathematical minds and academic disappointments, in some cases both at once When he is found dead of an apparent suicide at his home in Pasadena, the family gathers for his funeral, including his adopted granddaughter, Hazel Hazel is not only dealing with her own grief, but financial burdens from her struggling bookstore in Seattle and a letter from Isaac, mailed shortly before his death, entrusting her with his life s work, one last complex equation Hazel and her brother Gregory are outliers in the Severy clan, adopted by Isaac s son Tom, and later raised by Isaac and his wife after Tom went to prison Neither Hazel nor her brother followed in the family s mathematical footsteps Nevertheless, Isaac is adamant that she alone should be the custodian of his final work and leaves her a trail of clues with an admonition to tell no one including the police about her search Or of Isaac implying in the letter that he was murdered Or his warning that deaths are coming.The story is narrated in turns by Hazel, her brother Gregory, an LAPD detective, and Isaac s son Phillip, a string theorist at CalTech Both Gregory and Phillip have enough going on that they only brush up against the edges of Hazel s quest.There is a mystery at the center of the story, but it s a delicious candy coating for some bittersweet literary fiction that touches on aging, familial inheritances of many kinds, academia, and the life of the mind and, again, in the many kinds of ways that can play out This was Nova Jacobs first novel, and she s a writer working right in my wheelhouse full of warm, soothing empathy for her characters, twists I didn t always see coming, twists I did see coming but still somehow surprised me, and graceful prose Even when I wasn t quite sure that I bought everything, I didn t even mind, which says a lot for a compulsive nitpicker like me Isaac s equation, without going into details, did not in particular seem at all plausible to me then again, my knowledge of math falls off a cliff somewhere shortly after y mx b, but that equation still seems like consulting the Oracle at Delphi than math But sometimes a book is just so good and reaches up out of the pages to lovingly embrace you so that you just don t care, and you are glad you bought it because you want to keep it nearby That was this book for me Nova Jacobs I m now a fan flag 17 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 16, 2018 Faith rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, audio, overdrive, dnf, reviewed This book was not at all what I was expecting I thought there would be a mystery but instead it was primarily about Isaac s large dysfunctional family It wasn t what I was looking for I received a free copy of this book from the publisher flag 15 likesLike see review Mar 18, 2018 Christie rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves contemporary 1.5 5To call this book the adult Westing game is a farce, and is truly a disservice to both books The Westing Game was probably my favorite, most read book as a child I believe it just appeared one day in my little library and I read it back to front a million times It was great because it had a mystery and the clues were included in the book you could unravel the mystery through deduction or by solving anagrams or puzzles.This book pretends to have a mystery as the central point of the s 1.5 5To call this book the adult Westing game is a farce, and is truly a disservice to both books The Westing Game was probably my favorite, most read book as a child I believe it just appeared one day in my little library and I read it back to front a million times It was great because it had a mystery and the clues were included in the book you could unravel the mystery through deduction or by solving anagrams or puzzles.This book pretends to have a mystery as the central point of the story, but really wants to tell you about a dysfunctional family Plot threads are introduced and wrapped up neatly with a thud I ve never been less excited to learn the answers either they were blatantly obvious from the get go or the twist came from virtually nowhere, with no foreshadowing to warrant it Usually with these sorts of books I can think of a way for the mystery to be interesting or resolved in a manner that I find enjoyable here I found the whole thing dull It took me almost 3 weeks to read a 340 page book because every time I started reading it I wanted to throw it across the room for boring me so badly A wasted BOTM pick that will sit on my shelf as a pretty hardcover, never to be recommended or shared with anyone flag 13 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Apr 02, 2018 MaryBeths Bookshelf rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is a clever, witty, and fun novel from Nova Jacobs.When Isaac Severy, patriarch of the rather eccentric Severy family, is found dead of an apparent suicide, it is up to Severy s adopted granddaughter, Hazel, to untangle the clues he has left behind Severy is a world renowned, brilliant mathematician who leaves a cryptic note for Hazel that leads her on a chase to solve when the next murder will take place.Jacobs also weaves in the stories of Gregory, Hazel s br The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is a clever, witty, and fun novel from Nova Jacobs.When Isaac Severy, patriarch of the rather eccentric Severy family, is found dead of an apparent suicide, it is up to Severy s adopted granddaughter, Hazel, to untangle the clues he has left behind Severy is a world renowned, brilliant mathematician who leaves a cryptic note for Hazel that leads her on a chase to solve when the next murder will take place.Jacobs also weaves in the stories of Gregory, Hazel s brother, and Phillip, Hazel s grandfather both of whom seem to failing in life and love to push the story along.Overall I enjoyed this fast paced, creative read I did find it confusing sometimes because there are so many characters to keep track of, but I definitely recommend this book for people who enjoy a good mystery flag 13 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 24, 2018 Stephanie Anze rated it liked it Shelves fiction The unpredictable and the predetermined unfold together to make evrything the way it is After attending the funeral of her adoptive grandfather, Isaac, Hazel Severy receives a cryptic letter from him Dated before his supposed suicide, Isaac asks Hazel to find his last equation and deliver it to a colleague The Severy clan are mathematically gifted and their patriarch, Isaac Severy, particularly so Hazel owns a bookstore, is not one of the family s geniuses and is surprised Issac would choos The unpredictable and the predetermined unfold together to make evrything the way it is After attending the funeral of her adoptive grandfather, Isaac, Hazel Severy receives a cryptic letter from him Dated before his supposed suicide, Isaac asks Hazel to find his last equation and deliver it to a colleague The Severy clan are mathematically gifted and their patriarch, Isaac Severy, particularly so Hazel owns a bookstore, is not one of the family s geniuses and is surprised Issac would choose her for this task As hazel runs down the clues left behind by Isaac, she realizes that she is not alone in wanting to find that equation.As I sit here, I still do not know how to properly explain what exactly is it that I feel about this book Usually, I pick the books I am going to read based on the genre, theme and or author The Last Equation of Isaac Severy was a choice made entirely on a whim The premise sounded quite intriguing Hazel and her brothet Gregory was adopted by Isaac Severy from an abusive situation The Severy clan are mathematical geniuses that hold valuable academic positions and are respected in the community However, they are quite dysfuntional as well They understand numbers and equations but not each other The death of Isaac sets into motion a series of events that further unravel their unsteady bonds Truthfully, not one character was likable but they were not exactly villains either Their actions were driven by their circumstances I did find the book difficult to get into as there are several Severy family members and various subplots to keep track of Ultimately, it was not as an entertaining book as I thought it was going to be as much as it was tedious Still, I appreciated how the storylines ultimately converged.As for the math part of this book, it was not overwhelming oddly enough I ended up choosing another book where math plays a significant role, I read Hidden Figures recently I know next to nothing regarding String or Chaos Theory but I see how they tie into the narrative The equation Hazel is tasked with finding, if it falls into the wrong hands, it will have terrible consequences Isaac was very secretive about his latest project not even his favorite son knew Of a predictive nature, this equation could have various applications, not all of them noble For this reason, Isaac s letter warns Hazel to trust no one, not even family The mystery aspect was fine but at least to my taste not great As I stated before, I have a difficult time trying to decide wether I liked this book or not I will say this, while I do no regret reading it I am glad to be able to move on to the next book It was an intersting read overall flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 05, 2018 Bookishfolk rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.5 stars I am the polar opposite of a mathematical person, but when I read the premise of this book, I was sucked in and knew I had to read it Mystery, family drama and secrets, clues for the character and for us as readers , wittiness with a side of bookstore owner Yes please I enjoyed this book, was sucked into the world and was rapidly flipping pages to find out the ending And Book of the Month Yay flag 9 likesLike see review Jun 13, 2018 David rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, mystery This is an entertaining story by a new novelist, Nova Jacobs It is the tale of a dysfunctional family and their relationships with one another It is also a mystery The patriarch of the family dies, and leaves behind a note to his daughter Hazel, giving her a difficult task of finding his last equation and delivering it to the right person Others are also looking for the equation, because it is proven to be able to accurately and precisely predict the future.The family is filled with geniuses This is an entertaining story by a new novelist, Nova Jacobs It is the tale of a dysfunctional family and their relationships with one another It is also a mystery The patriarch of the family dies, and leaves behind a note to his daughter Hazel, giving her a difficult task of finding his last equation and delivering it to the right person Others are also looking for the equation, because it is proven to be able to accurately and precisely predict the future.The family is filled with geniuses, as well as a child abuser, a vigilante, a theoretical physicist, a photographer, and a book store owner It was at first a bit of a challenge keeping all the characters straight there are so many and their relationships to one another is a bit tricky to follow Nevertheless, the story is enjoyable, and a quick read.The author is not a mathematician, although she includes all of the right buzz words in mathematics and physics However, what gave me a bit of trouble is that an equation, all by itself, is not enough to predict the future It presumably requires a huge amount of data, and the author completely skips over this issue This was quite bothersome to me, as I ve dealt with lots of equations, and they are worthless by themselves, without boundary conditions, or initial conditions, or some type of constraints.There are so many loose threads developed along the way, that it was fun just thinking about how they would all get tied up before the end of the book They all do get answered, along with a surprise ending that I will not spoil here Quite an ingenious story flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 24, 2018 Rebecca rated it it was amazing review of another edition I received an ARC of this novel from Touchstone Books via my position as a bookseller for Barnes Noble I picked it up mostly because the back blurb name drops Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore which I absolutely adore Let me say up front that that comparison is wonderfully apt If you love that or Robin Sloan s other novel, you ll fall right in love with the Severy family.This book has everything plot twists, family drama, mathematics, storylines that fall into each other like folding or I received an ARC of this novel from Touchstone Books via my position as a bookseller for Barnes Noble I picked it up mostly because the back blurb name drops Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore which I absolutely adore Let me say up front that that comparison is wonderfully apt If you love that or Robin Sloan s other novel, you ll fall right in love with the Severy family.This book has everything plot twists, family drama, mathematics, storylines that fall into each other like folding origami I m truly in awe of Nova s skill, especially as a first time author I will most certainly be purchasing my own copy and also selling it to everybody and anybody I can when it arrives in March Sorry, I m quite crap at writing reviews flag 8 likesLike see review Mar 17, 2018 Onceinabluemoon rated it it was amazing review of another edition 4.5 rounding up Imagine my surprise when I had just left the library placing a hold for a Nancy drew book, I read them all too many decades ago to share, but I loved the thrill of those mysteries and wanted to see what I think of one as adult now I had no idea what this book was about, must have seen on , I just queued up at the library and as usual jump in blind I was INSTANTLY smitten, it felt like Nancy drew all over again It is a smart gentle mystery, none of that horrid modern 4.5 rounding up Imagine my surprise when I had just left the library placing a hold for a Nancy drew book, I read them all too many decades ago to share, but I loved the thrill of those mysteries and wanted to see what I think of one as adult now I had no idea what this book was about, must have seen on , I just queued up at the library and as usual jump in blind I was INSTANTLY smitten, it felt like Nancy drew all over again It is a smart gentle mystery, none of that horrid modern edge of today in my eyes, I was drawn in fast and it felt comfortable Totally lacking in math skills I enjoyed the families endeavors For a debut i thought it was excellent good fun, perhaps a few too many family members to sort out, but I found it compelling and every spare moment I was back for a few chapters during the day I found it the perfect companion for a cozy fireside read flag 8 likesLike see review Mar 14, 2018 Lindsey rated it it was amazing review of another edition I am a self proclaimed math nerd and I do love the subject, though I feel a bit inadequately compared to the characters in this novel For these reasons, it made me love this book even However, taking that out of the equation ha, see what I did there , I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery, the way this family all tied together, and I couldn t wait to see how everything would turn out This book kept me intrigued from the very beginning and though I couldn t wait to finish it, I m now I am a self proclaimed math nerd and I do love the subject, though I feel a bit inadequately compared to the characters in this novel For these reasons, it made me love this book even However, taking that out of the equation ha, see what I did there , I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery, the way this family all tied together, and I couldn t wait to see how everything would turn out This book kept me intrigued from the very beginning and though I couldn t wait to finish it, I m now bummed that I can t read any The mathematics talk kept me engaged and the small love story was as a surprise bonus I hope others will enjoy this novel as much as I did Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 7 likesLike see review Mar 31, 2018 Ali Edwards rated it liked it review of another edition This one took a long time to hook me not sure if that was due to my sporadic reading this month or the story itself I almost moved on 1 2 way through but decided to give it one try over a weekend getaway and I was glad I did overall but also happy to move on to the next story flag 7 likesLike see review Mar 19, 2018 Stephanie Cowart rated it it was amazing review of another edition Wow I can t believe this is a debut novel Really great premise and the delivery was spot on Several characters and perspectives done really well Highly recommended flag 7 likesLike see review Aug 15, 2018 Robert Blumenthal rated it it was amazing review of another edition This novel ended up being rather different from what I expected Instead of a somewhat wild and exuberant romp, it was instead a measured and character driven tale reminiscent of Allegra Goodman than Thomas Pynchon or Jess Kidd There is quite of bit of family dynamic involved, easily as much as mathematics and academia It was certainly refined and emotionally compelling than I had expected I found it to be a very strongly and confidently written novel, especially for a debut.It empl This novel ended up being rather different from what I expected Instead of a somewhat wild and exuberant romp, it was instead a measured and character driven tale reminiscent of Allegra Goodman than Thomas Pynchon or Jess Kidd There is quite of bit of family dynamic involved, easily as much as mathematics and academia It was certainly refined and emotionally compelling than I had expected I found it to be a very strongly and confidently written novel, especially for a debut.It employs a wild and definitely fantastical use of mathematics as the basis for a tale that involves an entire family A mathematical genius is found dead in his hot tub, either a case of suicide or murder, and he leaves a note to his foster granddaughter with instructions on what to do with a final exceptionally critical mathematical formula that he has created Her real brother and foster uncles are involved as well, with the reader is left unclear as to everyone s motive In addition, there is a rather shadowy organization that wants its hands on the formula There are may twists and turns throughout, but it all comes out in the denouement rather cleanly.The characters are all really well drawn and interesting There are issues of drug abuse and child abuse and neglect There are family betrayals and other dynamics that pull at the family structure And there is also love involved and devotion as well Hazel, the lead character, is definitely the good girl here and the one I as a reader was really rooting for The other characters are much flawed, yet have their noble characteristics as well.The plot sails along Interestingly, my local library has this book classified as a mystery rather than general fiction I don t agree with this The novel is definitely an example of modern literary fiction to me, though of course there are mystery elements to it as well It was a very enjoyable read with some poignant emotional affectations flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Mar 07, 2018 Rhiannon Johnson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Read my review on my blog I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review I received no additional compensation I ll be recommending this to everyone who says they are in a reading slump The story is fresh, original, and gripping While it is being touted as a mix between The Family Fang I didn t read and The Storied Life of A.J Fikry which I loved , I would like to add in Where d You Go Bernadette Read my review on my blog I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review I received no additional compensation I ll be recommending this to everyone who says they are in a reading slump The story is fresh, original, and gripping While it is being touted as a mix between The Family Fang I didn t read and The Storied Life of A.J Fikry which I loved , I would like to add in Where d You Go Bernadette and The Royal Tenenbaums I loved figuring out the clues along with Hazel not chapters before, like so many other recent novels I m giving this one 5 stars flag 6 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Feb 25, 2018 Bandit rated it really liked it review of another edition Just right for my mood, a nice cerebral mystery Apparently it s difficult to impossible nowadays to describe a new novel without referencing another, however tangentially connected, but really this one is very much its own book Seriously, yes the protagonist owns a bookstore, but it s a relatively inconsequential detail in the grand scheme of things It also doesn t need to describe itself as a novel of clues, a lot most all of mysteries have clues Going by the description I even thought m Just right for my mood, a nice cerebral mystery Apparently it s difficult to impossible nowadays to describe a new novel without referencing another, however tangentially connected, but really this one is very much its own book Seriously, yes the protagonist owns a bookstore, but it s a relatively inconsequential detail in the grand scheme of things It also doesn t need to describe itself as a novel of clues, a lot most all of mysteries have clues Going by the description I even thought maybe this was going to be something to do with actual math clues sprinkled throughout the text, but no, not at all, although math is definitely a cornerstone of this production The eponymous Mr Severy is the bonafide genius of the family, though the rest aren t too far behind He dies under suspicious circumstances leaving a mysterious letter to his adopted nonmathematical minded granddaughter setting her off on a pursuit to find and solve a treasure map quite literally Sounds like a quest story, doesn t it But really it s a drama as much if not so, being highly intelligent doesn t make for a happy family and, proving Tolstoy correct yet again, Severys are unhappy in their very own particular ways, frustration, disappointment, resentment and all that They really are a fascinating clan, from a psychological perspective, and the author did a great job creating such a variety of realistically complex individuals, swarming around their microcosms like a version of chaos theory, appropriately so for this book Plus it s a great premise, predictive mathematics, fate formulas essentially Thing is at times it seemed like the author has taken her story simply too far, tried to be too clever and ended up overwhelming the narrative with serpentine twists and turns, although one of the main reveals was actually too easy to predict earlier than optimal in the book, which is quite ironic given the central theme of predictability But that s a reasonably minor detractor Another one of those is the elaborately protracted denouement about a fifth of the book , somewhat over explained I m writing this off as a debut quirk So maybe not perfect, but very good and such an enjoyable read And really too clever is always infinitely preferable to the alternative Thanks Netgalley flag 6 likesLike see review Mar 24, 2018 Heather rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary lit This is one of the few books I would consider reading again I just really don t do that very oftenI find subsequent experiences are usually less powerful, so why bother just because I m left feeling like I maybe missed a few things here and there Or maybe I just want to see how the mystery unravels, knowing the end now I found it a little hard to concentrate on the book when I was reading it, but it is nevertheless a very impressive, well written and elaborately plotted debut flag 6 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Hardcover Easter Egg spoilers 3 17 May 31, 2018 10 01PM spiveysbookclub The Last Equation of Isaac Severy 1 41 Mar 20, 2018 01 36AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 706, 2191, 1894, 381, 61 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    Nova Jacobs has an MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and is a recipient of the Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeremy The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is her first novel.

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  • i dont normally pick up books randomly, but this was showcased at my local library and i have been in a mood for mystery books this past week so i thought why not for this book to be described as a novel in clues, i was expecting of a whodunnit like premise, but it felt like general contemporary fiction to me the writing style and storytelling reminded me a lot of jonathan tropper and cynthia d aprix sweeney i wish there had been of a mystery element to this, but the fa i dont normally pick u [...]


  • This book begins with an intriguing opening line, On the morning he was to die, the old man woke early and set about making breakfast The book did not fail to deliver and I found myself not wanting to put it down but yet wanting to make it last as long as possible A famous mathematician, Isaac Severy, is found dead, but leaves a cryptic note to his granddaughter Hazel with instructions regarding the last equation he was working on This equation is of interest to several people as it proves This [...]


  • Mathematical genius and patriarch of the dysfunctional Severy family has died of apparent suicide by electrocution The Severy family of geniuses is undone by Isaac Severy s sudden death Adopted granddaughter Hazel receives a letter, dated before his death, asking her to perform a daunting task Isaac entrusts her with a cryptic assignment She is asked to safely deliver his final equation to a trusted colleague whose favorite pattern is herringbone Is this note the disjoint ruminations of an Mathe [...]


  • When I first started reading 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.Butis is not exactly a treasure hunt, it is also or maybe about a family with the majority of family members having a When I firs [...]


  • Gotta love for letting me rate my own book It s been such a thrilling launch Much appreciation to all the Book of the Month Club members who chose Isaac Severy and are posting such gorgeous pictures , and to all the readers out there who took a chance on the Severy family Thank you


  • This book totally surprised me I was expecting a fun, lighthearted adventure mystery story which it definitely was but also got a novel about death and the universe and family The main characters because the story focuses on than just Hazel like the blurb leads you to believe are flawed and complex and relatable I particularly liked Philip s storyline, though I loved Hazel and Gregory too And the mystery aspect of this novel definitely had me turning pages and guessing at what would h This book [...]


  • You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit Wit Wine Dine The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is a delightfully fresh literary mystery It was just the thing to get me out of a the little slump I d been in I wasn t in the mood for something terribly heavy or terribly morbid I m always up for quirky characters No matter that the quirkiest character was deceased prior to Chapter One Of an apparent suicide In a hot tub With a string of Christmas lights Hazel, adopted granddaughter of Isaac Y [...]


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