Author: Dan Rix
Publication date: November 16, 2012
Genre(s): Young Adult (Sci-Fi)
Format: Digital galley
The idea and plot behind Entanglement was very intriguing. I read a chapter sample and was hooked instantly so I accepted the review pitch from the author immediately. I loved the idea that Aaron and Harper are different. One is hotheaded and the other is just angry at the world. I believed this is a recipe for denial, awkward situations, and just a great romance. Add in the whole entanglement idea and I just couldn't wait to start it.
Entanglement however, wasn't what the first chapter promised. I loved the first chapter, but from there, the characters and the plot became less interesting with the progression of the novel. I felt both characters fell in love way too fast and were a bit too Romeo and Juliet for my liking. I felt that with the introduction of the entanglement, and the whole world now accepting the proven idea that each person has literal soulmate, that we would dive deeper into the science of it and the originality. In the old days, people didn't know about the halves idea and they married whomever they loved, but nowadays it is predestined, from the moment you are born, your half is determined, and if, by any chance, that half dies, you will also end up as an empty shell or die soon.
What I found confusing is that, the halves theory was a discovery, not an invention, meaning it was always a part of our make-up.. how come in the old days they weren't affected by the halves and the connection they have with each other, but now it has become a life or death situation? that was my biggest issue with this novel.. i felt it was a bit inconsistent in the scientific ideas and also focused way too much on the forbidden love between both characters. I must say that I enjoyed the side characters more than the main ones, especially Aaron's friend. But one thing that really annoyed me was the lack of parents, especially Aaron's. He wouldn't come home for the whole night, get beaten up and end up in the hospital, and skip school, and somehow his parents don't know anything. It was a bit unrealistic since they are actually portrayed as nice parents.
Overall, I think that if there was less romance in the novel, and more action, I would have loved the novel. However with the way it is, the whole idea and the whole juvengamy theory were superb. The other stuff that annoyed me weren't major and I did find myself enjoying the novel. Yes, some things were left unexplained, but in the end the story did wrap up well. I would definitely recommend this book to Sci-Fi fans that enjoy romance in their novels.