*Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Review Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Bernie and the Putty is a YA Fantasy novel.
Bernie is a young god fresh out of Builder’s school trying to get a job with The Business. Gods who become Builders work for The Business building universes. Bernie is hired, and during his probationary period, he must create an adequate universe to keep his job. Unfortunately for Bernie, his enemy, Billy, works in the cubicle next to him and has no intention of letting him pass his probation. On top of dealing with Billy, Bernie discovers something has happened on his planet that he never anticipated. Bernie’s boss is displeased with his work and wants to fire him, but Bernie’s friend comes to the rescue by nominating him for a Universe Award. Now Bernie not only has to prevent disaster in his universe, but he has to make sure the universe is outstanding enough to win an award so he can keep his job.
This book was fantastic! I was riveted, wanting to know what was going to happen to Bernie. The story has humor, a well thought out world of gods and their creations, and subplots interwoven in a way that makes this book difficult to put down. Bernie has many challenges he must overcome, including living up to his powerful Builder father who abandoned him, being poor, and dealing with his chaos cloud and his enemy, Billy. This is a fascinating tale of good vs. evil and of a young hero on a journey of self-discovery. I highly recommend this book not only to young adults but also to anyone who wants an enjoyable fantasy read.
Bernie and the Putty will be available May 30, 2014.
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