Review: Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe is the perfect addition to the Sal and Gabi series and is quite possibly the most delightful book I’ve read all year.

Sal and Gabi Fix the UniverseSal and Gabi have to try to make everything right with our world when there is a rogue Gabi from another universe running loose.

Sal Vidon creates wormholes. But Sal’s father, a calamity physicist, is trying to shut down all the wormholes Sal creates, because Papi thinks they are eroding the very fabric of our world. All of Papi’s efforts are in vain, however, because a Gabi from another universe has gone rogue and is popping up all over the place, seeking revenge for the fact that her world has been destroyed. While Sal and Gabi work together to keep both Papi and Rogue Gabi under control, they also have to solve the mystery of Yasmany, who has gone missing from school. Could it have something to do with the wormhole in the back of his locker? (Goodreads) Goodreads

I received an eARC of Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you haven’t read the first novel in this series, I highly recommend that you do that first, or at least read my review.

It needs content warnings for discussions of the death of a parent (mother, diabetic ketoacidosis before series begins), severe illness of an infant, discussions of an abusive parent, discussions of a neglectful guardian,

If you have read Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, you will understand just how unique the voice is in this series. There is no fourth wall in these books and Sal’s voice is so young and ridiculous that you can’t help but fall head over heels for everything about this universe.

This book was a lot more complex than the first in terms of the plot because it deals with the multiverses in unexpected ways. We get multiple Gabis, multiple Sals, and multiple problems because of it. I won’t say a lot more about that, but I loved the way that Hernandez dealt with a very complicated problem.

Despite the plot being complex, the side characters never got left behind. Readers get to see more of the Reál family, which was absolutely delightful. I’m still not sure if they’re polyamorous or just a large found family, but I love them either way. In addition to that, Yasmany got a happy beginning for himself, which I was glad for. He really deserved it.

Something I really wanted to mention was the easy way that Hernandez made it clear that Sal was aro. He did this without making a big deal out of it or making it a teachable moment. He just included a delightful pun in a conversation about friendship and let that be that. It was heartwarming and perfect for the story.

I cannot say how much I loved reading this book. I look forward to whatever comes next from Hernandez. You can pick up a copy on Bookshop, Amazon or The Book Depository through our affiliate links.

ABOUT SAL AND GABI FIX THE UNIVERSE

Title: Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe

Series: Sal & Gabi #2

Author: Carlos Hernandez

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Length: 432 Pages

Release Date: May 5, 2020

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Science Fiction

Representation: Cuban American Type 1 Diabetic aromantic MC, polyamorous? side characters, Cuban American side characters.

 

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