Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez - ADVISABLE

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe (Sal and Gabi #2) by Carlos Hernandez, 432 pages. Rick Riordan Presents (Disney Hyperion), 2020. $17.

Language: G (0 swears 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.



13yo Sal Vidon and his best friend Gabi are in a race against time and Sal's Papi. Remember the wormholes Sal created in book 1? Well, his Papi a calamity physicist,  has created a machine to shut them down and fix the wormholes. But it isn't working because a Rogue Gabi from another Universe keeps popping in, trying to stop him - her world has been destroyed and it's all Papi's fault! Now, Sal and Gabi are trying to keep everything under control, but multiple Sals and Gabis (especially Rogue Gabi) are quite a handful - plus, there's the regular drama of being in middle school.

My favorite characters were all the AIs - especially the Artificial Intellligence Toilet. I laughed out loud so many times! Still lots of Cuban culture - the extended description of empanadas was perfect. Lot's of pop culture references - I appreciated the literary ones make this series so much fun. Fast paced with a ton of characters - it matters that you read Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, so start there first. Note: Some of the characters are gender creative.

Lisa Librarian

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