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Gr 9 Up—Oswald "Ozzie" Pinkerton is facing a gauntlet of problems: his parents are divorcing; his older brother is skipping college to join the military, and Ozzie is afraid he'll be killed; and Ozzie's boyfriend since eighth grade, Tommy, has vanished. To make matters worse, everyone in the town of Cloud Lake seems to have erased Tommy from their memories, even Ozzie and Tommy's best friends, gender-fluid punk rocker Lua and quiet valedictorian Dustin. Also, the universe is shrinking, and Ozzie appears to be the only person who realizes it. Ozzie has no idea how to function without Tommy, but when he's paired with solitary Calvin for a physics project and Calvin mentions Tommy's name, Ozzie begins to hope that Tommy is still out there. Hutchinson follows up We Are the Ants with a deep and introspective novel full of angst and suffering. Readers will feel Ozzie's nearly radiant pain, but Universe isn't singularly focused. All of the characters are neatly fleshed out and have their own personal anguish: Lua deals with being gender-fluid in a small town; Dustin, whose father loses the family fortune, has to confront a future where his dreams cannot be attained; and Ozzie's trials serve as a lens through which readers can examine the scope of human experience in this (shrinking) universe. VERDICT A closing revelation may frustrate some, but this smartly written, profound look at the wells of human despair will stay with readers. Recommended for all YA collections where Hutchinson's work circulates heavily.—Tyler Hixson, School Library Journal


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“An earthy, existential coming-of-age gem.” Kirkus, starred review

“Delightfully constructed… Readers will flock to its central truths.” Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Hutchinson uses a science fiction overlay to explore important topics… Ozzie’s wit and concern for his friends make him a captivating narrator” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Wrenching and thoughtprovoking, Hutchinson has penned another winner.” –Booklist

“Smartly written, profound… Will stay with readers.” –School Library Journal

“Perfectly captures the essence of a coming-of-age tale.” –School Library Connection 

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  • File Size: 2820 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (February 7, 2017)
  • Publication Date: February 7, 2017
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GD9CQP8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #495,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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