Review of Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta

Entangled (Entangled, #1)Entangled
By: Amy Rose Capetta
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 1st 2013
Purchase:
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A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for a honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Alone was the note Cade knew best. It was the root of all her chords.

Seventeen-year-old Cade is a fierce survivor, solo in the universe with her cherry-red guitar. Or so she thought. Her world shakes apart when a hologram named Mr. Niven tells her she was created in a lab in the year 3112, then entangled at a subatomic level with a boy named Xan.

Cade’s quest to locate Xan joins her with an array of outlaws—her first friends—on a galaxy-spanning adventure. And once Cade discovers the wild joy of real connection, there’s no turning back.

The Story:
Entangled is fast paced, entertaining and an overall fun science fiction book. After rereading the summary I shouldn’t have been surprised like I was with the strong undertone of music–the cherry-red guitar should have tipped me off. I enjoyed this little bit thrown in and felt it was unique to Cade and her outlook.

As I read any science fiction novel I try to suspend disbelief and buy into the author’s explanations and world. Often, there are aspects that cause me to briefly pause and question, and there were a few in Entangled. I don’t have a science background so couldn’t say how plausible any of this book was but I was able to overlook any questionable parts (mostly her treatment of black holes) and let Capetta take me on her story.

The one aspect I had trouble getting over was the use of the character’s slang/curse word. I know that slang is a great way to build on a world and show the differences between theirs and ours. I wish I was the type of person that could overlook its use knowing that in the future our language will be much different. Sadly, I just couldn’t get over phrases like “don’t slug this up” or “what the slug are you talking about?” I think if it had been anything but ‘slug’ I could have gotten over it far easier. Every time that word popped up I was wrenched from the dialog. Since I read the arc I can only pray it changes in the final version.

You might have heard/seen comparisons to Firefly. This very thing drew me to this book and put it on my TBR list. I didn’t really see the similarities but it wasn’t so off I felt betrayed. There are a gang of ‘friends’ that rely on each other (to their dismay and annoyance at times) and they travel in space on a ship in the future. These things coincide with Firefly. Where if felt off was on the epic-ness and humor, don’t get me wrong, Entangled was fun and entertaining, but never funny or clever to the level of Whedon-ness.

The Characters:
I liked the characters Capetta created. Cade had the tough façade and delicate innards common to young adult heroines. She  was spunky and I love that she lost herself in her guitar and music. It was exciting to follow her journey into discovering her past and to decipher ‘the noise’ that haunted her.

The secondary characters were well thought out and detailed in their personalities and descriptions. I felt they each had unique traits and had an interesting dynamic with one another. I think my favorite character out of the entire book was Rennik, the mysterious, seemingly unfeeling alien who pilots their ship. I hope to see a lot more of him in the next book.

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Another great feature was that the ship was a living, breathing entity which had opinions and a real presence throughout the book.

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Final Thoughts:
I enjoyed reading Entangled and I will be reading the next in the series to see where Capetta takes her characters next.

Extras:

Entangled by Amy Rose Capetta Book Trailer by cosproductions

Comments

  1. says

    I have read a few reviews that weren’t as positive for this book, but after reading yours I might just have to give this book a chance!
    Thanks for a great review, Kristen!

    • says

      As have I. There are some pretty low ratings so I went into this thinking I wouldn’t like it at all. That could be a large part of why I found it as enjoyable. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected!

  2. says

    I saw this one touted as “Star Wars meets Graceling” and immediately added it to my TBR. I still want to read it, even if it didn’t completely win you over and despite the made-up slang (one of my bookish pet peeves, if you’ll remember). The characters can really make a story for me, and I have a tendency to suspend disbelief, too, so I think me and this book would get along okay. :)

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