This book was the quirky, fun, and cerebral read I needed. Durston does an incredible job at presenting big questions and themes while providing a nerdy and silly sandbox to ask them in. Each Little Universe is, at heart, a story of discovering where you fit in the puzzle that is the universe and how we all are strangely and serendipitously there together. It’s less plot-based and more being a fly on the wall to the curious happenstances of the main cast of characters. After finding a girl who has come from the stars (akin to STARDUST), who is marvelously David Bowie-esque in appearance, our dynamic duo Veggie and TM set about to…well, continue on the merry way but with an extraterrestrial in tow. The humor is delightfully British and pun-tastic. I appreciate how the characters acknowledge their own silliness, and it reminded me a lot of how I am with my friends when we’re goofing around and being ourselves while battling real life dilemmas. It’s not ALL fun and games, though. When they realize the consequences of a life from the stars taking a vacation to Earth, things ramp up into a non-stop adventure. Overall, it is a marvelous story on friendship, philosophy, video games, and life itself. It’s a relaxing read, where you can just sit and enjoy being along for the ride without having to worry about complexities and subplots. I definitely recommend this if you enjoy British humor and tone, nerd culture, or merely reading for the pleasure of the act itself.