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The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty: (young adult fantasy) (The Universe Builders Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Mr. LeBel invites us into a "Universe" of his own construction and immediately makes us care about a young god named Bernie. We are shown that Bernie, who has godlike powers in the Universes he creates, still suffers from the angst of a typical young person on the cusp of manhood. He worries about his Mom, wonders if it was his fault his Dad divorced her, has trouble understanding women (who doesn't?), he has problems with peer pressure, he is the object of bullying from an equally powerful and more unscrupulous god, and to top everything off, he actually cares about his creations. He sees them as sentient beings, rather than constructs that can be tossed away once you loose interest.
I do not want to give away any details, they are so special you will want to discover them yourself. I heartily recommend this book to young readers and old veteran bookworms alike. This is a finely crafted blend of science fiction and fantasy, with a generous dose of whimsy that makes it hard to put down. You care about Bernie and his friends, you smile when they make good choices, and you hope the author will continue to expand his "Universes" and invite you back once more.
A recent graduate and a beginning builder, he goes to work for "The Business" and his first assignment is creating a universe, because that's what builders do.However, his arch nemesis, Billy, the guy in the next cubicle, is bound and determined to wreck not only his universe, but any chances Bernie will be able to stay at the job for very long.
This is the kind of book you want to never end, at least for me. It was one of my first kindle app downloads. It kind of sat there for a while until I opened it and basically read it in huge chunks. I could see the author was influenced by other authors and their work. Smatterings of Bullfinch's Mythology,The Phantom Tollbooth, The Borrowers, Start Trek in all its permutations, Star Wars, Freaks and Geeks, Home Alone, Japanese anime,and Harry Potter all dwell in this fantastic story full of light, love, responsibility, reciprocation and peace. It's a fantastically hopeful book, written not only for adults, but for kids. It will challenge you, make you mad and then rethink the idea of karma
And other reviewers are right, it is very whimsical. It will make you challenge yourself. And, in my opinion, it should be one of those "rights of passage" books that end up sermon illustrations on Sunday morning.. READ. THIS. BOOK.
Bernie's predicament is simple: freshly off the benches of God School's building program, he gets a job, but in order to pass his probation he must impress his very strict boss. It wouldn't be an easy task on a good day. When Bernie's work is being sabotaged, it becomes impossible.
This is just one of the layers of this story - the surface one - but dig deeper and you'll find there is so much more to Bernie as a person. Multiple factors influence his personality and convictions, and growing up fast isn't easy. Popular teenage themes wind around the main plot - self-confidence, social mingling, incipient attraction, a need to prove oneself, the youngster's place within his community - and all are treated with finesse and understanding. I wish I had a book like this to read when I was that age. But even now, I have enjoyed Bernie's story far more than originally anticipated.
The narrator's voice is so smooth, I picture him as a wise old storyteller that may have seen the passage of many millennia, sitting in a rocking chair with a thick tome on his knees. Observations and dialogue are peppered with humor, and the whole blends together into this really satisfying package. In the end, everyone gets what they deserve.
This book works on so many levels - it's suitable for youngsters and mature readers alike. If you like fantasy with a good dose of wit and originality, then this book is for you. Five shiny stars for Bernie. I'm certainly looking forward to a sequel. Will there be one?
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