Book Review – The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

I went out on a limb with this selection because I was curious about how math, mystery and fate might line up in a plot together to form a novel. 

the last equation of isaac severy

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This book was my March Book of the Month selection, and while I finished it a while back, I saved the review so I wouldn’t flood the inboxes of my subscribers. Regardless, I can’t remember the last time I read a mystery novel (or, in fact, if I’ve ever read one), but I went out on a limb with this selection because I was curious about how math, mystery and fate might line up in a plot together to form a novel.

Book 10:
The Last Equation of Isaac Severy
by Nova Jacobs


March 2018

Synopsis According to Mandi:
Without spoilers, The Last Equation of Isaac Severy is about the loss of mathematician and family patriarch, Isaac Severy and his final equation that both pulls the family apart and brings them together. Adopted granddaughter, Hazel is, per her late grandfather’s request, left indebted to find the equation, protect it and get it into the hands of the right person. As Hazel unravels the clues to get her closer to the equation, she learns of others searching for it as well and the power it holds, witnessing math used in an otherworldly way and changing her life forever.

Favorite Quote:

If there is no tangible reward at the end, he sees the work as pointless. It’s an empty way to live, in constant pursuit of the trophy. It’s the reason he has failed.

― Nova Jacobs, The Last Equation of Isaac Severy

Awards (based upon my brief research):
Debut Novel
Book of the Month Club Selection
Indie Next Pick


My Overall Rating:
3.5 – This book has all the makings of a 4. Nova Jacobs is very clearly an intelligent, creative writer as she’s gone where not many have, intertwining math, mystery and fate into a plot that keeps the reader engaged. Once the story got underway, there isn’t much I would change. However, several characters are introduced in the first few chapters, and, of my own fault, I struggle to really engage in the introductory text of any book, which later proved to be an issue this time around. I could not keep the characters straight. Who was married to whom? Whose child was whose? In the end, I felt the the novel could have been done just as well with fewer characters, hence the 3.5 instead of a 4.

If you’re into mysteries, I still have to recommend this book. I’ve never heard of another one like it.

P.S. I’ll say it again, if you’re interested in a Book of the Month subscription, let me know and I’ll get you a link where your first book will be free! Of all of my selections in these first 6 months, I’ve only had one dud. The rest have been some of my highest rated books. It’s a great opportunity to venture out of your usual reading habits and explore other genres, read debut authors and get your hands on books before they’re available to the general public. Plus, it’s just fun getting a book in the mail once a month!