What if God got a C- in Universe Building 101?
"Each universe is created by a god, of course, as is required for such things. One of the inconvenient truths is: not all gods are created equal. ... Gods are pretty much like everyone else. They have their own share of overachievers and underachievers, motivated and unmotivated, and talented and not so talented, which explains why some of the universes out there are not really up to professional standards."
Guys this book... I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it! When Steve LeBel approached me with The Universe Builders I knew I just HAD to read it! Just reading the Blurb intrigued me SO much! The idea sounded very original and refreshing, and let me just say, the book itself did not disappoint!
The book was very well written and the story was very fun and silly, but also with some serious elements. The world Steve has created is very intriguing and it makes you think about our existence. There is a lot of mythology surrounding Creation, and I think because I love mythology, it was just another reason why I felt compelled to read this book.
And our main character Bernie was just awesome! Bernie was not considered the best builder in school because he basically questioned everything. But, in truth, this is what made him smart! He is a critical thinker but he is also very caring and compassionate, especially when it comes to the worlds he creates. He is also sometimes really shy and... what's the word I'm looking for... maybe a bit innocent, but that just makes him really endearing! Bernie was a really likable character and I enjoyed following him on his journey to making his first real universe and dealing with a big fat bully!
Another character I really liked was Suzie! She and Bernie are just so adorable together! I thought she was a great supporting character and very likable, too. Lenny, I was a little iffy about him in the beginning, but he actually turned out to be a great friend to Bernie, as well! And Lenny's little Sissy, Oh My Gods! She is the cutest little creature ever ever!
And Billy... don't even get me started on that kid! He was a jerk! Bernie is such a sweet kid and I really hated Billy for bullying him around and messing with the universe Bernie was trying to create. I really wish Bernie would've stood up to Billy sooner or done something about him, but I also understand why he couldn't do it.
One thing that confused me at first was the incorporated story of Alcandor's planet. I had no idea what it had to do with Bernie. But once I figured out what it was... WOW! It was pretty amazing and something I was not expecting at all! Speaking of Alcandor, I really liked him! Although he was too smart for his own good, I loved how curious he was about everything. But I especially loved how fatherly he was toward Bernie when Bernie's own infamous father is nowhere to be seen.
I cannot express how awesome this book was! I'll just leave this GIF here to tell you how I feel...
I really, really loved the concept, the story, the world building, the characters... just everything! I cannot wait to read more of Bernie's world, 'cause there will be more! I may or may not have grilled Steve about this in an interview ;) Anyway, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something original with fantasy and humor!
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If not, what do you think? Does it sound like something you might want to read? Leave me a link to your review or comment below! :) And stay tuned for tomorrow's interview with Steve LeBel and a GIVEAWAY!! :D