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A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn't had the easiest childhood.

But when he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count.

So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing ...

Introducing a bright young voice destined to charm the world, The Universe Versus Alex Woods is a celebration of curious incidents, astronomy and astrology, the works of Kurt Vonnegut and the unexpected connections that form our world.

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods
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The Universe Against Alex Woods
September 16th, 2015
What a mind bender of a book! I have learned so many things in this book that I had no idea of (tarot cars, epilepsy, secular churches, assisted suicide). The main characters had so much depth and the read was easy and compelling. Wow!!
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Journey with Alex into the Surreal
July 27th, 2014
And not so surreal. Examine with a young mind the universe, morality, the meaning of life and the afterlife. Meet Alex, hit by a meteorite and changed for life....Brilliant, epileptic and unusual. Not the average boy in school. A boy with no friends. Meet Mr Peterson, crotchety, real and true to himself and his beliefs. Unlikely friends, unlikely situation. The best of friends. And in the end, the only journey and situation that makes sense. Thank you, Gavin Extence, for a terrific read and a terrific ride. (I need to re-read Slaughterhouse Five.). And I did not want this book to end.
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Interesting read and page turner
November 1st, 2013
While this started a bit slow for me - I soon found myself sneaking every possible moment to read it. Loved it.
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