Monday Book Review: Regarding Ducks and Universes by Neve Maslakovic
On a foggy Monday in 1986, the universe suddenly, without warning, bifurcated. Fast-forward to 35 years later: Felix Sayers is a culinary writer living in San Francisco of Universe A who spends his days lunching at Coconut Café and dreaming of a successful career penning Agatha Christie-style mysteries. But everything changes when his Aunt Henrietta dies, leaving Felix a photograph of his father and himself—dated ten days before Felix was born. It can only mean one thing: Felix has an ‘alter’ in Universe B. In a panic that his mystery novel may have been written already, Felix crosses to San Francisco B and proceeds to flagrantly violate the rules of both worlds by snooping around his alter’s life. But when he narrowly escapes a hit-and-run, it becomes clear that someone knows he’s crossed over… and whoever it is isn’t happy about it. Now Felix must uncover the truth about his alter, the events of one Monday, and a wayward rubber duck before his time in both worlds runs out.
Science fiction/fantasy really hasn’t been my area of interest, however, a friend suggested I read this split-universe book. I was wary at first but quickly became enamored with Mila Maslakovic’s two worlds. An almost-identical version of the one but with minor differences. Different foods in the same restaurants, a bridge missing due to earthquake in one, complete in the other. Mila does a great job creating the two worlds and their ‘alters’, as the duplicate universe people are called. Since this is science fiction, one can give the plot and it’s directives leeway, without rolling one’s eyes. I quite enjoyed the sameness or equal quality Mila gives the characters and dual universes; the quirky differences make the novel.