UNMADE by Amy Rose Capetta
Released 1/13/15 from HMH Books for Young Readers
Sequel to ENTANGLED, released 10/1/13 from HMH Books for Young Readers
Amy Rose Capetta brings exactly what I’ve been wanting from YA Science Fiction. With a deliciously unique flavor and a fantastically written narrative, ENTANGLED and UNMADE are setting the bar high for teen sci-fi.
The galaxy-spanning conclusion to Amy Rose Capetta’s acclaimed sci-fi debut, Entangled.
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.
The sci-fi action starts on page 1 and doesn’t let up until the end. Literally galaxy-spanning, the adventures of Cade and her friends and crewmates are not just for fun – they are trying to save the human race from extinction. They do impossible, insane things, and it is absolutely spectacular. The technology is light years ahead of what I could imagine, the aliens are weird, but no more frightening than familiar human evils, and the fights are unusually clever.
UNMADE avoids the typical sequel flop, as it has a wealth of character development. While we’re introduced to Cade’s entire crew in ENTANGLED, they really don’t even begin to shine until the action gets going in the sequel. Lee and Ayumi are a dynamic and fascinating duo (and a refreshingly honest relationship, too). Cade’s relationship with the ship’s captain is also fascinating, because Rennick is an alien, and Cade doesn’t want to like him, let alone love him. Rennick has similar boundary issues, and they dance around each other for most of the book. Cade and Rennick go through a lot of challenges, and their complex relationship may turn some readers off, but I enjoyed it.
The world-building is well thought out and complex, but doesn’t get in the way of the human drama at the heart of the story. The characterization is great, and doesn’t falter for a nanosecond throughout the book. I loved the first book, and the second delivered a smashing conclusion. If you’re looking for a uniquely-narrated, fast-paced, wild and crazy ride through the galaxy, pick up ENTANGLED and UNMADE by Amy Rose Capetta.