Monday, January 2, 2012

Book Review: Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic


Regarding Ducks and Universes
By Neve Maslakovic
Received for Review
Adult Sci-fi/Fantasy
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.37
Pages: 331

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: From the moment I read the title, I thought that this novel was going to be very original and a fun read…my first impression was exactly right. This novel isn’t YA, but I think teen readers would like it. I think this novel falls under the adult category, but that’s just my opinion.

This novel presents the intriguing idea that the universe split into two different universes, Universe A and Universe B that have then diverged from one another. (I know this sounds really technical, but trust me it really isn’t.) This was an interesting premise and caught my attention fairly quickly. 

I also really enjoyed the main character Felix A. He was easy to relate to and a character that I enjoyed reading about. I also loved Bean. She was eccentric, lovable, loyal, and incredibly smart…that’s a great combination.  

The book had just enough intrigue, suspense, sci-fi, and action to keep me entertained.  I wouldn’t say that I’m a huge sci-fi fan; however, although the sci-fi elements do play a central role in the novel, this book has so much more to it than just sci-fi. To those readers who don’t like sci-fi, I wouldn’t write this novel off just because it’s sci-fi. 

This novel did start out slowly for me. I had a hard time initially getting into the tale and understanding exactly what was going on. However, after that the novel caught my interest and kept it to the very end. I enjoyed the ending. It had just enough closure blended with intrigue to satisfy me. I felt like in some places the story dragged, but on the whole it was a great read.  

Definitely an intriguing read that I would recommend. I gave it a 3.5, because it wasn’t quite to the caliber of a 4 star rating; however, it really is a great read.


In Summary: A well-written book that was slow to catch my attention and sometimes the plot dragged, but overall I really enjoyed the book, the characters, and the writing style.


Warnings/ Side-notes: Nothing really comes to mind. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this. 

The Wrap-Up: I thought the premise was extremely interesting. On the whole, I found this book to be incredibly enjoyable. I loved the characters as well. The book did have a slow pace at certain points, but I’m not sure that’s a flaw. Definitely an intriguing book that I liked reading. 

Love,

Danica Page 

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