The Solitude of Prime Numbers

The one thing I will never stop appreciating about is the never-ending list of recommendations I receive after viewing or purchasing a book that I am interested in. There are many novels that I would have over looked had it not been for Amazon. There are also others that I wish I would have looked over.
When ‘The Solitude of Prime Numbers’ was suggested to be I figured I would give it try, after all I really don’t have much to lose. I was not familiar with the author, Paolo Giordano, mainly because this was his debut novel. Every new author should be given a chance. Sometimes, however, they have to do a lot of convincing for me to give them a second chance.

This novel starts out with the stories of a young girl, Alice, and a young boy, Mattia. You get a feel for the pressures and troubles that these young children had gone through and the emotional trauma that comes along with those decisions we make that can never be taken back, and never be forgotten. Mattia found himself responsible for the disappearance of his mentally challenged twin sister, which is only the beginning of the years of self loathing that he has to look forward to.
Alice and Mattia form a close bond when Mattia is moved to the same high school as Alice. From the very beginning, the relationship between the two is anything but ordinary. No one else ever seems to understand either Alice or Mattia, so they seem to be a pretty nice fit for one another.
The two young adults take separate paths once they are finished with high school. Mattia, a brilliant mathematician, goes off to the university to study, one of the things he prefers to do because he enjoys his time alone. Alice begins work at a camera shop with a small job of photographing weddings.
The two reconnect off and on. Mattia summed it all up by saying he and Alice were “twin primes” alone and lost, “close but not close enough to really touch each other” —lonely individuals forever linked but separated.

This story displays the worlds of two young adults who are forced to deal with their loneliness and try to find the right path to go down. The book has a very slow feel and it is hard to connect with the characters. The amount of unneeded detail that is added to the story gives you about an extra 100 pages of paper that are a complete waste. The story, in my opinion, could have been more satisfying if it had been a short novella.

This is not a novel that I would go out of my way to read again, but it wasn’t a complete waste of time since the novel is easy enough to get through.

“Choices are made in brief seconds and paid for in the time that remains.”

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