Having lost Xan, Cade and her friends flee across the galaxy in an effort the escape the machinations of the Unmakers and to find Cade’s mother. However, the Unmakers cannot afford to let Cade succeed in her plan to bring humanity back together… And so they resolve to wipe out humanity completely, orchestrating a series of bombing raids on human colonies. After surviving one such raid, Cade and her friends encourage the few lone survivors to take to the skies themselves, in a small armada of ships. But time is running out for humanity – if space sickness doesn’t claim Cade’s friends, then the Unmakers will.
This felt very much like a re-worked book-version Battle Star Galactica at times (right down to the Cylon chips and the search for Earth), which was fun… but I liked the TV show better.
Let it never be said that Cade and her friends had a predictable journey across the galaxy…
Suspense / Mystery:
I loved the Xan poetry and the entanglement science and pulse-pounding space fights and the problem of space sickness and SO MUCH else.
But the questions surrounding the Unmaker’s motives were all answered in Entangled and we learnt nothing new about them in this instalment.
I liked travelling the galaxy with Renna and her crew, but I would have liked to have met more alien species and see more ‘foreign’ worlds (swamp worlds) etc in this second book. It all just felt a bit too comfortable and familiar, which is not what I want from a sci-fi read.
Rennik. Be still my beating heart. I guess I have a ‘thing’ for intellectual types who aren’t completely human and who can wield a sword! Who knew? Thanks A.R.C for letting me know. Not that there are many Renniks here in the UK…
I was also really impressed by how Lee and Ayumi’s relationship developed in this book. We need more LGBT couples like this in YA!
I loved Renna, the idea of a ship that’s alive (Farscape anyone?) works really well – she definitely felt like another character in the book! And Cade is Cade, still brutally honest with herself, still doing the ‘right’ thing, when all the evidence would suggest she should do otherwise. I liked how close the characters have grown, how comfortable they are with one another in this book; I LOVE that they all got drunk together! What author makes time for that? #booklove
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You can check out my review of Entangled (book 1) here.