Cade is a survivor. She has been alone all her life, alone in the universe with her cherry red electric guitar. Or at least, that’s what she thought. Her life turns on its head when she learns that she was created in a lab in another planet and connected on a subatomic level with another boy, Xan. But Xan is in trouble. To find him, she must go across the universe and into a part of the universe she knows nothing about, which may or may not be the worst decision she ever makes.
While the idea was fascinating and different, the book wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. There were two main problems I found with the way the book was written. The first was that we just jump right into the story. There isn’t anything that eases you into the story --- the main conflict is revealed before page 20. Everything happens very fast and since there is no real introduction, you’re lost for the first 100 pages as you don’t know what all the words and terms mean, and why everything is the way it is.
My favorite part of the book was the relationship that Cade formed with the people she met on her way to meet Xan...all of them were distinct and played a part in how the story turned out
.Another big problem I had with the story was that we don’t get to understand the main character, Cade. This book is written in 3rd person, which means it’s harder to relate to all the characters. There were certain times I was reading the book when I had no idea why Cade did what she did. While a character’s motivation is usually an inference, there isn’t a way to do that since we don’t get to know Cade as well as we should have.
My favorite part of the book was the relationship that Cade formed with the people she met on her way to meet Xan. While not especially realistic, all of them were distinct and played a part in how the story turned out. There were some people who were silly and fun while some were quiet and wise. I quite enjoyed the connection that Cade had with everyone else and thought it was the best part of the book.
The idea of people being entangled at a subatomic level is a peculiar and terrifying thought. The relationships formed were very nice to read about, even though they were a bit unrealistic. However, the lack of a proper introduction and the lack of a bond with the main character left me feeling a bit disappointed. Even though there were some good ideas brought up, this book could have been something more than it was.
Reviewed by Pranshu A (Teen Board Member) on January 17, 2014