Review of Unmade by Amy Rose Capetta

UnmadeUnmade (Entangled #2)
By: Amy Rose Capetta
Release Date: January 13th 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Cadence is in a race against time and space to save her family and friends from the Unmakers, who are tracking the last vestiges of humanity across the cosmos. As the epic battle begins, Cade learns that letting people in also means letting them go. The universe spins out of control and Cade alone must face the music in the page-turning conclusion to Entangled.

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed Entangled but wasn’t blown away–but reading Unmade I was riveted. I think the biggest draw for me was the relationship between Cade and Rennick. I shipped them so much and there little shared moments kept me reading even through the slower parts of the story (which weren’t all that common). These two characters had such a strong chemistry and I loved their dialog and aspects they brought out in each other.

As introduced in the first book- Cade, the main character, had a special ability where she hears the music others exude. This all works similar to an aura but Cade hears it rather than sees. I thought this was such a clever touch to the series and an interesting ability for the main character to have. Because of this, music plays a large part in the story line.

The other characters are beautifully developed and diverse. I loved that Capetta showed a variety of human relationships as well as a cast of other species. She never made any of her ‘aliens’ comical or silly. They all seemed realistic and elegant in their own way. As mentioned above, I have a special spot for Rennick-an aloof, handsome alien that tends to keep to himself but when push comes to shove he’s a brutally efficient fighter.

One of the problems I had in the first book was the language used. The author chose to give her world its own slang and it detracted from the story for me. In this book either it was less present or I’ve gotten used to it because I wasn’t nearly as bothered and it actually seemed to flow easier.

The action scenes were wonderfully vivid and easy to picture even taking place in space. I adore the new characters introduced and felt that they helped fill in any gaps in the cast of characters from the first book. Another aspect I really enjoyed about this series was the space sickness that humans suffer after spending time in space.

Final Thoughts:
Unmade was the sequel and conclusion of this two part story and I felt that it wrapped things up very well and had a satisfying conclusion. I continued to love the characters and felt that the storyline was well executed.

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.

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