Saturday, August 17, 2013

Book Review: Entanglement by Dan Rix

Title: Entanglement
Series: None
Author: Dan Rix
Pages: 235
Pub Date: November 16, 2012
Publisher: Self-published
Book Source: From the author for review
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars


Synopsis (from Goodreads): "...the scientific explanation is quantum entanglement, whereby the boy and girl—even when separated by great distances—react instantaneously to changes in each other's states..." —Dr. Casler Selavio, on the entanglement of halves.

In a world like ours, humans are born in pairs. When a newborn boy takes his first breath in the coastal town of Tularosa, the exact time is noted, recorded in the Registry, and later compared to the birth times of other newborns around the globe. There will be one identical match—his half. They will meet on their eighteenth birthday and they will spend their lives together. Except this time, there is no match.

Hotheaded heartthrob Aaron Harper is scheduled to meet his half in twenty-nine days, and he doesn’t buy a word of that entanglement crap. So what if he and his half were born the same day and share a spooky psychic connection? Big deal. After breaking one too many teenage girls’ hearts, he’ll stick to brawling with the douchebag rugby players any day.

Until the day a new girl arrives at school and threatens everything he takes for granted.

Cold and unapproachable, Amber Lilian hates the growing list of similarities between her and the one boy she can’t read, Aaron: born the same day, both stubborn, both terrified of meeting their halves. . . . All the more reason not to trust him. That she would rather die than surrender herself as her half’s property is none of his damn business. But once lost in Aaron’s dangerous, jet black eyes, she’s already surrendered more than she cares to admit.

Tangled in each other’s self-destructive lives, Aaron and Amber learn the secret behind their linked births and why they feel like halves—but unless they can prove it before they turn eighteen, Aaron faces a lifetime alone in a world where everyone else has a soul mate . . . and he’ll have to watch Amber give herself to a boy who intends to possess not only her body but also a chunk of her soul.

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Okay! Let's begin with my dislikes:

*Something that irked me from the beginning was the fact that Halves had to be one male and one female. Soul mates must automatically be of opposite sex. I haven't seen anyone else complain about this, and I know it's a personal issue - but it's an issue which caused me to lower my rating of this book, so I feel I need to mention it. I would've liked the idea that sex doesn't matter when it comes to soulmates/Halves. 

*There was a bit more info-dumping than I could handle. Never a fan of that.

*The pace slowed down too much in the middle. I wanted to skip ahead.

*The ending left me with a question mark lingering above my head. I had to actually re-read most of it because I wasn't sure I was in complete understanding of what happened. I'm honestly still not sure.

Now, let me tell you what I enjoyed.

The main thing I loved was how unique this plot was. It sounds similar to others out there, but it isn't. I actually LOVED the concept of halves! Allow me to explain it for you a little: On a person's 18th birthday, they are introduced to their “half”. Halves are born at the same time, on the same day. The boy and the girl are attached via a clairvoyant channel of sorts. This clairvoyance is located at the base of their skull, linking the two souls together. This is known as “Quantum Entanglement”. You feel what your half feels. If your half dies, you die.

Aaron, our protagonist, is approaching his 18th birthday. He isn't completely sold on the idea of halves. 

I like how Dan Rix set up his story immediately, and then inserted conflict right on in there with ease. No dilly-dallying around for this guy! The idea of halves is actually questioned through numerous routes. I was impressed with the fact that Dan Rix could juggle so many things at once and do it so well. Aside from a few lulls in the pace, the suspense was kept up nicely!

I enjoyed the romance aspect very much. Aaron falls for a new gal at school, Amber. They suspect they may be halves, but without knowing for sure, still fall for each other. This makes a statement because if they aren't halves, they can't be together. The society they live in just doesn't work that way. Not to mention, Amber has a freak of a “boyfriend,” Clive—a total sociopath if you ask me. So there's not only one hurdle in the way of Aaron and Amber's relationship, but many. Watching them overcome their obstacles was inspiring and definitely edge-of-your-seat.

All in all, I think Entanglement is an okay read! The premise is truly unique and the characters are fresh and believable. I enjoyed the science fiction elements woven into the plot as well as the romance. I always love a romance that defies the odds and challenges a dystopian society. :) Plot lulls and a minor details caused me to lower my rating, but overall, this is a book I would recommend. The writing is great. The story is great. The author pays close attention to detail. If you enjoy YA sci-fi or dystopia, you will probably enjoy this one!