The Last Universe
The Last Universe
The Last Universe
William Sleator
Sleator is at his sci-fi best with this quantum thriller, now available in paperbackIn this gothic, sci-fi thriller from a master storyteller, Susan and her wheelchair-bound brother, Gary, discover a mysterious maze in the vast gardens of their isolated home. Planted by a scientist uncle who disappeared long ago, the maze offers seemingly endless routes and choices. The teenagers discover that each turn they take alters their world in some way. Sickly Gary sees a chance to change his fate; Susan sees that they may both be lost forever. Sleator keeps readers guessing right up to the shocking ending. Praise for The Last Universe "Sleator is a master of suspenseful science fiction and that mastery is evident here...entirely shocking." - School Library Journal "Science fiction fans, science nerds, and random readers alike will appreciate this latest offering." - Voya "Sleator has fashioned a perfect 'what if' story." - Kliatt "Will keep readers turning the pages until the very end." - Kirkus

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Science Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Susan's older brother Gary falls ill and wheelchair-bound and she is forced to care for him. Unhappy about her new responsibility, she complains incessantly, especially when he makes her wheel him to the garden, a place that irrationally scares Susan. But when strange things happen in the garden, such as the discovery of a maze that they couldn't previously find, that make her brother healthier, she starts to despise the garden a little less. But every time they enter the maze, things change unpredictably in the world outside.

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