July 11, 2021

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Sal and Gabi Novel Book 1) by Carlos Hernandez

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Sal and Gabi Novel Book 1) by Carlos Hernandez
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Format: eBook
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (Rick Riordan Presents Imprint)

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I have to preface, I've read every book in the "Rick Riordan Presents" imprint so I had high hopes for this book. It did not disappoint.

It's a great book overall, with a very detailed setting and fully developed characters. I feel like the drawings and pictures the imprint releases definitely help me to imagine the different characters. I also really loved how Hernandez explored the idea of family in this book. Gabi has multiple dads, but it works. Sal misses his mother ("Mami Muerta") but that doesn't make it so he can't have a strong relationship with his stepmother, an almost bonus parent relationship instead of attempting to replace her. 

My one reservation with this book is that the mythology aspects are not immediately obvious (like they are in the other Rick Riordan presents books). I had expected to get an education on Cuban mythology, but that didn't really happen for me. It at times reads more like a book on science fiction than mythology. No matter what, I still recommend reading this book, and will definitely be reading the sequel. 

Can't wait to see what shenanigans Sal and Gabi are up to next. 

About the Author

Carlos Hernandez

Hey there! I'm a Cuban-American Science Fiction Fantasy writer in love with the two languages that shape my every thought. I'm also a PhD. in English (specialized in Creative Writing), a college professor, and a genre writer or designer. Coffee is delicious

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