An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay (ARC)

an infinite number of parallel universesTitle: An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes
Author: Randy Ribay
Publication Date: October 16th 2015 by Merit Press
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

As their senior year approaches, four diverse friends joined by their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game struggle to figure out real life. Archie’s trying to cope with the lingering effects of his parents’ divorce, Mari’s considering an opportunity to contact her biological mother, Dante’s working up the courage to come out to his friends, and Sam’s clinging to a failing relationship. The four eventually embark on a cross-country road trip in an attempt to solve–or to avoid–their problems.

Told in the narrative style of Akira Kurosawa’s RASHOMAN, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES is at turns geeky, funny, and lyrical as it tells a story about that time in life when friends need each other to become more than just people that hang out.

An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes is an amazing coming of age story about friendship, love, and family. I loved the dynamics of the book so much that I couldn’t put it down. The narrative style was spot on!

The book is about a group of friends: Archie, Mari, Dante, and Sam. All different personalities united by their love for Dungeons and Dragons. Archie was the geeky one. His character was interesting but he somehow came out flat for me. His POV was the first one in the book so the book seemed a bit slow at first. He’s a bit indifferent with gays, but there’s a big reason for that, but he didn’t exactly have a good impression on me. Mari was the only girl in the group. I like the strong vibe her character presented. She’s smart too! I love her relationship with her mother, even though she knows she was adopted. Her POV was really interesting.

Among them, Dante and Sam were my favorites. Dante, who’s trying his best to come out to his friends, was really cool. His character was really interesting. I loved reading about him and I admire his love for his friends. Sam was the character I could relate to best, and I think that has to do with the fact that he’s a Filipino. He’s a romanticist, that genuine Filipino type of romantics. The dynamics of a certain Filipino character was present in the book which really made it stood out.

I think that this one was one of the best books I’ve read so far. It has diverse characters and presents great values to be learned. This was one hell of a coming of age story so you guys better watch out for this one, once it hits your shelves!

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