Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence - Review

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

The Universe Versus Alex WoodsTitle: The Universe Versus Alex Woods

Series: N/A

Author: Gavin Extence

Published: 1st January 2013 by 
Hodder & Stoughton

Source: Present. 



Synopsis:


Alex Woods knows that he hasn't had the most conventional start in life. 
He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won't endear him to the local bullies. 
He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen - he's got the scars to prove it, along with the rare meteorite that struck him on the head when he was ten years old. 
What he doesn't know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr. Peterson, he'll make an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make the best possible choices. 
So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing . . .






My Review

I was given this book as a Christmas present, which was indeed a welcome surprise because I'd been looking for something a little different than the usual Action/Adventure type books that I pick up. 
From the moment I saw the cover I knew it was to be a good read and that view certainly wasn't let down.

From start to finish I found it to be quirky, captivating and thoroughly entertaining. Overall it was just a wonderfully interesting book.


The story is told through narration by the main character Alex Woods, which I think really helps to break the book down so that the reader can gain a better understanding of the story/characters and to further comprehend some of the rather controversial topics covered throughout the pages (which are covered with both sensitivity and maturity). 

The author, Gavin Extence has written this book beautifully and I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again or to recommend it another reader.


Writing a review for this book (without giving out too many details) turned out to be a lot harder than I had anticipated.



4/5 Whales

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