The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty, is by Steve LeBel. The story follows the adventures of Bernie, a young god who has recently graduated from building school. He is hired by the major building company and to prove his worth as an employee must build an entire universe. Along the way he must thwart an old enemy who is out to destroy him – but he isn’t alone. Bernie finds friends and help along the way, and he finds a few surprises too.

I liked the premise of this story because it left me thinking. The pacing was easy and relaxed but never slow or boring. There were lots of surprises along the way but once the surprise popped out you felt silly for not guessing it before hand.

The characters were great. They were detailed, with their own personalities, but the story was never bogged down by complicated pasts or unnecessary back story. I especially liked the end twist with Billy.

The only criticism I have is why Billy and Bernie were allowed to work in the same department to begin with. As an employer, knowing what Ezrah knows, I would never have let the two of them anywhere near each other.

Otherwise I think the book was well written, the plot was complete and interesting, and the whole reading experience was enjoyable.

I still gave this book 5 stars because I loved it, criticism or not.