Sunday, February 17, 2013

Book Review: Entanglement by Dan Rix

Goodreads summary:

"...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.

ENTANGLEMENT, a 75,000 word YA thriller, will appeal to readers of Michael Grant's GONE and Ally Condie’s MATCHED.

My review:

What a fun read!  Entanglement was a thrill ride from start to finish and was full of many shocking twists and turns.  If you're a fan of sci-fi, you should definitely check out this exciting debut by Dan Rix.

What I really enjoyed is how intricate the plot is - it's quite obvious that the author put lots of thought into the storyline, and it was so interesting to read about halves!  I've never read anything quite like this.  Although, as it says in the summary, it's a good read for fans of Gone and Matched.  Entanglement has the same tense, detailed plots like the Gone series, and it's a bit similar to Matched, as both feature a world where people don't get to choose who they marry.

The only thing I wasn't crazy about is the romance; it took me a while to start rooting for Aaron and Amber to be together.  It felt like they fell in love right away and I just didn't find it realistic.  However, eventually I began to like the romance.  Plus, there are some cute interactions between Aaron and Amber - I always liked the dialogue between them!

The last 15 percent or so of the story was definitely my favorite part.  It was full of suspense and unexpected twists, and I love the way it ended!  So, while I had a few issues with the characters at first, I would definitely recommend Entanglement - the suspense, tense action, and the unique concept of halves make this sci-fi debut stand out.

* I received a free copy for review from the author.  Thanks!

My rating:  7 out of 10 (3.5 stars)

~ The Bookworm


  1. This sounds interesting. I don't think I've heard of anything like it before.

    1. I liked it a lot, Sarah! If you enjoy sci-fi, you should definitely give it a try. :)