The Universe Versus Alex Woods

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

by Gavin Extence
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The Universe Versus Alex Woods 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Sebastian1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! The author did an amazing job making the characters vivid and engaging. I cared about every one of them. The story was educational without being boring and I had more than one laugh out loud moment. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good feel good story.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
Alex Woods is an unusual young man. When he was twelve years old, he was hit by a rare meteorite that left him in a coma for two weeks. When he finally wakes, he was not the same boy. This is his story for the next five years as he learns to cope with his resulting "fits" and develops an unlikely friendship with a curmudgeonly American war vet, Mr. Peterson. The storyline is told in Alex's unique voice. I was immediately drawn into the story when it opens with Alex being arrested as he tries to cross the border back into England. From there, as only Alex could tell it, we are taken back to the beginning to learn about his life from the moment he wakes up from his coma five years earlier. He is forever changed by that event and must now navigate through life with a fortitude that few individuals could match.   The dynamics between Alex and Mr. Peterson are difficult, frustrating, but ultimately uplifting as these two people share an unique friendship. I cannot say enough good things about this book. Mr. Extence has a gift for storytelling and this is one of the best books I've read this year. I would highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a wonderful underdog story. Not that Alex is an underdog because as he would say, he was only doing what was right and there was no other choice left to him. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful book that was worth reading a second time. It's not really a young adult book, but one that speaks to all ages.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fabulous first novel for Gavin Extence and  you have to hate him for being so talented at only 30! it was funny, laugh out loud and touching and wonderful and i highly recommend it! i am so looking forward to reading the novel he is working on now!
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
Alex Woods is a remarkable boy who not only overcomes his obstacles but sticks to his beliefs.  Certain things in Alex’s life set in motion, all starting with a fallen meteor knocking him unconscious .   Whether it is the meteor or the way he was brought up Alex sometimes looks at things too logically.  Especially when he later becomes friends with a man, Mr. Peterson, in the neighborhood.  There friendship and the future decisions they make will surprise the world.    I absolutely love books that have book lovers in the story.  Especially one as knowledgeable as Alex Woods who goes from reading about the universe and the mind to Kurt Vonnegut.  Now that I have finished reading the book I look back and think “Wow, a lot happened to Alex”.  Alex is not afraid to speak his mind and sometimes comes off naive. The fact that he is a teenager the naive part of Alex felt real not to say the outspoken Alex did not feel real, it just seems unique to me.   I had a hard time getting to the end of the book because I did not want to leaves Alex’s world which in truth is not different than ours. So I guess I really wanted to stay with Alex some more.   Excellent writing and description.  I fell deeply into the story.   The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a heartfelt exploration that will make you think about what your beliefs are and whether the are right or wrong.
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Goodreadercarol More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've read all year. Alex is a great character. his IQ is off the charts. When he was 10 he was hit by a meteorite which results in a month-long coma and life-long epilipsy. His relationships with school mates his mother, his neurologist, and with Mr. Peterson are just great. The story line is dear and true. He is so smart and so quirky. As I was reading it, I felt like I was on vacation. I also learned a lot about astronomy, astrology, physics, and the brain. I would definitely recommend it for book clubs. You'll love this book.
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Jules3 More than 1 year ago
Funny, educational, unique, and everything I look for in a book. I can't wait to read this talented writer's next book!! :)
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Stepped in silently, and looked for prey. A babbling brook shimmered in her eyes, and caght her attention. She padded to the brook, and widened her eyes. It was swollen and rushing, from the last snowfall. She skimmed over it, looking for injured or stranded cats, her eyes worried as branches swept by, threatening to clasp her paws on the shore and sweep her away.