Title: The Universe Builders
Author: Steve LeBel
Synopsis: Dive into a humorous fantasy world unlike anything you have imagined. A world of gods and goddesses who build universes for a living. Are they all-powerful and all-knowing? Well, not exactly…
As Bernie graduates from God School, he is thrilled to land his dream job as a builder of universes. His first assignment is to build his own universe. Determined but unsure, bright but without confidence, Bernie forges ahead, only to find problems everywhere. Mysterious asteroids, unexplained volcanoes, shifting continents and more lead him to suspect sabotage. But who could sabotage his universe? Only another god could do that.
It’s god vs. god, guile vs. goodness, where only one of them plays by the rules. Bernie must find a way to outwit his vicious foe. If he fails, it will cost him everything.
A fascinating tale of good vs. evil and a young hero on a journey of self-discovery in an original, humorous, fantastic wrapper.
Star Rating: 5 of 5 (enthusiastically!)
Review: I first thought this would be another foray into a look-a-like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, what I found was a whimsical and witty dive into the unexpected. The story itself is pure genius at it’s very best, the characters are well written, wonderfully developed and oh so thankfully flawed (for GODS!). The narration is perfect third person, you feel like you’re sitting on each characters shoulder as the story unfolds. I had honestly resolved to read a few chapters each day until done and here I am 7 hours later finished with the book wishing I had savored it more. I want to scream, ‘where’s the next in the series??’. The created world is so complete and so detail, that nothing is left to chance. By the end of the book I was so wrapped up in the action of what was happening, that I was near tears. There are many great books out there, this one is simply one you DO NOT WANT TO MISS. I think the author is clearly a truly gifted story teller, and I haven’t felt so enraptured by a story in such a long time, thank you Steve! I can’t wait for the next in the series, so please don’t break my heart and tell me I have to wait long. There is layer upon layer of nuance and well crafted story that anyone would fall immediately under the authors’ spell. Magical, whimsical, and full of wit and humor – the only thing that was missing was the line “Hi, I’m Bernie, and I’ll be your God.” I’m so happy that I added this book to my reading list and moved it up in my stack. My only disappointment is now in addition to waiting for a new season of Sherlock, I’ll have to wait for the next book in the series.