Books The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence Hardcover, 320 pages, Little Brown & Co, List Price: $26 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Universe Versus Alex WoodsAuthorGavin Extence Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary The son of a fortune teller, who was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old, befriends a grumpy old widower and proves his friendship by getting stopped at the border by customs with a large bag of marijuana and an urn full of ashes. Genres: Literary Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about The Universe Versus Alex Woods Critics' Lists: Summer 2013 School's Out: 5 Great Summer Reads For Teens June 11, 2013 NPR Books is replete with readers of grown-up books, but editor Petra Mayer prefers a good YA novel any day. She picks five (well, really six) of her favorite summer YA reads, from first love in 1980s Omaha to far-future Brazil and beyond.