Monday, August 19, 2013
the Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Funny, intriguing, thought provoking and an excellent read!
Alex Woods does not have a father. Having been hit in the head with a meteor, which caused him to miss a year of school, he has no friends. Mr. Peterson has no family. When chance throws the two of them together, they become great friends. Mr Peterson shares his enjoyment of secular humanism and Vonnegut with Alex, and Alex shares his enjoyment of meteorology and science and life with Mr. Peterson. This is the story of their friendship, thoughts on life, death and the universe and more. The story begins at the end, when Alex is stopped at the border with marijuana in his glove box and Mr. Peterson's ashes in an urn in the car and then goes back and tells what lead up to that. It is really a fantastic, funny, sad and wonderfully written beautiful story.