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Universe of Two: A Novel (original 2020; edição 2020)

por Stephen P. Kiernan (Autor)

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Título:Universe of Two: A Novel
Autores:Stephen P. Kiernan (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2020), 448 pages
Colecções:books read 2020

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Universe of Two: A Novel por Stephen P. Kiernan (2020)

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The book begins with a pleasant romance between Brenda who works in her father's music store and Charlie who starts to hang out there. It's very charming to imagine the two together. Charlie is a mathematician working for the government in Chicago during WWII. His determination and intelligence gets him promoted to the Las Alamos lab where it begins to make your head spin.

While I learned about the Atomic Bomb years ago, to read about fictional characters working there was another experience. In the US News, it says, "We cannot be proud of what we have done." Charlie thinks about this after the bomb has hit. This about sums it up: "Consider mankind as a species. Is it a collection of angels who make music and art and automobiles? Or is it a mob of monsters?" Something to think about.

I would rate this historical fiction high and hope that many more people read it. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
This story sure pulls out a lot of feels and is based at least in part on history. I received this for free and I voluntarily chose to review this. I've given this a 5* rating. Not sure this should be read by the under 18 readers. This whole story is about WW II and the bombing of Japan. This author captures the high emotions of both sides of this event. I must say, I, myself, am torn on this issue. My mother's first fiancé was one of the one's killed at Pearl Harbor. A young man goes for a job, and is lead to do mathematics' work. It goes from there. A good book to do some soul searching for yourself. ( )
  NancyLuebke | Sep 2, 2021 |
This is probably the best book I've read based during a war. It held my attention from beginning to end, even though some parts were a bit confusing to me. Even with the confusion - mostly about war and organs - I did learn about both subjects, which is always lovely to me. The alternating perspectives was also a bit confusing until the very end.

The character development, for Brenda especially, was great. I couldn't stand her for a good chunk of the book - probably up until the last fourth of the book. I always love characters who recognize their mistakes and work to change things. I also loved the development for her mother. It was heartwarming to watch her soften and act more caring towards her entire family.

The writing itself was beautiful. It reminded me a lot of a Nicholas Sparks book, though maybe with a little more depth into certain topics. This was my first book by this author, but with how much I adored this book, I'll absolutely be looking into his others as soon as I can.

My favorite thing about this book was the realistic aspect. Kiernan showed the toll war takes on everyone involved - whether that be the partners and family of soldiers or the soldiers themselves. He showed how it can affect marriages, families, and mental health.

Overall, this was absolutely a book that was worth reading. I learned a lot about the war, organs, and even relationships. The writing was wonderful, and it felt so real at times that I'd feel as if I were a part of the story myself. The book does contain some sensitive subjects, so it may be best to read with some caution.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via JeanBookNerd Tours and am voluntarily leaving a review. ( )
  angeljmartin | Mar 12, 2021 |
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Universe of Two is a rich blend of a love story beginning with first brief contacts and a novel that explores the deep moral issue surrounding the development and use of the atomic bomb to end WWII. Readers are transported by the protagonists to their mid 1940s lives as the novel is narrated by each who is touched by the war yet attempts at first to live his/her life as if the war isn't a part of his/her life. As their love deepens they are torn away from each other as he commits to a secret project of which at first he remains naive of it's purpose so dives into the challenges of a welding project that scientists oversee and question whether the it a detonator for a bomb can be successfully accomplished. He lives for the letters from his true love that help him through the long days and isolation of living at the project's secret grounds at Los Alamo. The distance issue is solved as she takes the risk and moves to New Mexico. They are often able to spend precious week-end time in their own world and soon they marry. Eventually the detonator challenge is fit into the entire project and goals of the secret work site which invades and deeply troubles the now enlightened successful detonator developer who continues his week-end rendezvous where he's unable to share the secret project and his moral wrestling with his wife.

I highly recommend this novel to readers and to those who appreciate historical novels with a fresh approach to a major historical event. Through the excellent presentation of issues and a well-considered narration ,readers are compelled to examine the moral issues and their beliefs surrounding the US's development and use of the first atomic bomb.With this as a driving force in the novel, it can be unsettling and applicable to today as the discussions and proliferation of nuclear weapons are often in the news.

In short, this excellent novel is on my list of books to read again, and I've often recommended it to friends and now recommend it again. ( )
  RetiredProf | Feb 17, 2021 |
Universe of Two is a love story based roughly on the life of Charlie Fisk, a mathematician who was part of the Manhattan Project during WWII. Brenda, just out of high school and hoping to attend a music conservatory, works at the family organ shop in Hyde Park, IL. She meets Charlie who comes into the shop and enjoys listening to Brenda play the organ. Charlie has been brought to Chicago to work on a secret project which even he doesn't fully understand. As Charlie and Brenda's relationship becomes more serious, Charlie is sent to Los Alamos, NM to continue working on a top secret project. Eventually Brenda follows Charlie to NM where they marry. Charlie's work is part of the Manhattan Project and when the nuclear bombs are dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he becomes deeply troubled and obsessed with the devastating number of lives that were lost. After Los Alamos Charlie is given the opportunity to further his education/career at Stanford which he ultimately forgoes for a life in the organ business. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Oct 23, 2020 |
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