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Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe

(Sal and Gabi #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  938 ratings  ·  200 reviews
Sal 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 Gab
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Published May 5th 2020 by Rick Riordan Presents
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Stephen Guild Roughly 400-420 give or take a few pages depending on which version you are using.
yaybooks We can certainly hope! The ending did provide a window for a future sequel...
There are several which say fix is the last, and two or three saying the …more
We can certainly hope! The ending did provide a window for a future sequel...
There are several which say fix is the last, and two or three saying the opposite. So. Fingers crossed.(less)

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megs_bookrack
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars**

My favorite Middle Grade magician, Sal Vidon, returns, in this second installment of the Sal and Gabi series.

Together with his best friend, Gabi Real, and their wild and wacky families, Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe continues to bring outrageous good humor and heart.



There is no other way to describe these stories, but: FUN, FUN, FUN!!

Various Sci-fi concepts are explored and allow for a lot of flexibility with reality. Magical and heartwarming, I think so many kids are going to fall
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jocelyn
Nothing can beat the comfort of a middle grade book right now, and Sal & Gabi delivers every step of the way. Carlos Hernandez writes with so much love and joy that you can't help but also be swept up in it. The pitch-perfect end to a sensational series. ...more
Renata
hmmm I LOVED Sal and Gabi Break the Universe so I was stoked to get an ARC of the sequel on NetGalley. I get books on NetGalley regularly and I know these advance copies aren't yet ready for publication etc so I don't hold it against the final copy, but I have to note that this ARC was WILD in terms of capitalization, or lack thereof? Like almost no character's name was ever capitalized, which was distracting and made me wonder....does Carlos Hernadez just write his drafts entirely in lower case ...more
Cande
Sal and Gabi is one of the best middle grade series that I have ever read. Carlos Hernandez has so much love for his characters, story and theater kids. This series choices kindness, empathy and forgiveness every single time, in a way that fills me with so much hope. So many feelings!
Sophrosyne
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want more of the multiverse!!!!!
Was better than the first one.
Laura
Sal and Gabi may have broken the universe, but can they fix it? And, more importantly, does it even need fixing?

Sal Vidon is many things: Cuban-American, magician, diabetic, Level 4 friend to Gabi Real, and breaker of universes. Not that he means to do it. It's not his fault, really. Most of the time, anyway... His Papi, a calamity physicist, believes he has found the answer to fixing the universe using his remembranation machine, which can repair the holes that Sal has ripped in the multiverse.
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Enne
4 stars

I would give anything to spend another book with Sal and Gabi because reading about them brings so much joy to my life. Reading this duology was genuinely one of the best reading experiences I've had in a while and I can't recommend it enough.

The writing style in this one does a really great job with establishing the voice of the MC, which had me invested in the story within the first few pages because I absolutely adored the main character. Again, Sal goes through so much growth in this
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Joan
This was a wonderful followup to the first hysterical book which also snagged a Pura Belpre author award (Sal and Gabi break the universe). Sal gets a demand from Fixit Gabi (who is of course NOT the Gabi that is friends with Sal) to open all the universes, and that his Papi is a terrible person who is trying to close up all the holes. Sal tries to be open minded but some things simply don’t make sense! HIS Papi is a wonderful person! Isn’t he? What about the various AIs that populate this story ...more
Shannon (That's So Poe)
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books
This book was everything I needed! As with the first book in the series, there is so much humor and so much excellent modeling of nontoxic masculinity, how to handle mistakes and apologize, and how to support and help others. It's everything sweet and wonderful and powerful, plus it's got great SFF and a lot of cool multidimensional travel! ...more
Destinee Sutton
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just love these characters and Hernandez's writing style. The plot is not the strongest element (I got a little lost in the middle) but it all pulled together in the end to make a very satisfying follow-up to the first Sal & Gabi book. The series has so much heart and warm vibes. It was a great pandemic read because it has an overall funny, reassuring tone. At the same time, it's zany and delivers the kind of tech I want to see in sci-fi (helpful AI, unbelievable gadgets, a supersmart toilet, ...more
Kat  Hooper
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Will review at www.fantasyliterature.com. ...more
Sam Bloom
4.5 stars; these books are so damn good
Iliana Matute
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Omg I love this one more than the first ❤❤
Sharon Rose
4 stars. This book is bonkers but it somehow works really well. I read book one about a month ago and was charmed by its wacky mix of heart, science, and jokes. I think I like book two slightly (marginally) less, but there’s still a lot to like. This is not a plot heavy book, though it seems like it would be. Nothing much “happens”, but the journey is so fun you don’t really notice. I kind of want to live in this world (and go to Culeco or at least live in the Real village) it’s so full of color ...more
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
Carlos Hernandez once again delivers a hilarious and heartfelt story with Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe, sequel in his SFF Middle Grade Sal & Gabi series. These books provide a much needed sensitive boy protagonist in Sal Vidón. One of the reasons I’ve loved this series so much is because of how vulnerable this kid is allowed to be. He makes mistakes, learns to verbalize his grief, and also learns what it means to take personal responsibility for his actions. I wish all adults could be just as sup ...more
Leonard Kim
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"My dudes, people make art because they want you to learn what life feels like to them." Hernandez is an artist, even when one character calls another, "a jar of farts." Later in the book, Sal's explanation of the purpose of life is as good as any I know. ...more
Paige Green
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe

Author: Carlos Hernandez

Book Series: Sal and Gabi Book 2

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Cuban american main character and #ownvoices, gender neutral terms!

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

Genre: MG Fantasy

Recommended Age: 10+ (multiverse, wibbly wobbly, timey wimey)

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Pages: 432

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Synopsis: Sal and Gabi have to try to make everything right w
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Marzie
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
There's nothing like a humorous middle-grade book to cheer up kids at home from school during a pandemic and the second installment of the adventures of Sal and Gabi is likely to provoke plenty of laughter. Remember how Sal came up with a clever plan to help Gabi's baby brother Iggy? Well, plans like that in the multiverse come with plenty of complications. And nothing is as complicated as more Sals and more Gabis showing up and creating confusion. Why just Fix Gabi (an ectoplasmic Gabi) and Ext ...more
Christina Pilkington
Actual rating 2.5 stars: After reading Sal and Gabi Break the Universe with my kids a few months ago, we were excited to jump into the sequel as soon as it came out. We really enjoyed the first book, even though the science fiction element of the story wasn't as strong as we'd hoped.

Sadly, it didn't improve in this book either. In fact, there was even less of a sci fi plot. This really was more of a contemporary book than anything else. It felt like the sci fi elements were thrown in at the las
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Carli
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley and Disney Publishing for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. YOU ALL - this series is EXACTLY what you need if the world feels overwhelming right now. It is a funny, insightful escape. This is the sequel to Sal & Gabi Break The Universe, and it picks up just days after the first book. Now, Sal is somewhat amicable with Yasmani, his former bully, Gabi is still... Gabi, and Sal’a father has a new class-nine AI in the Coral Castle. When
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Jacki
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this sequel, but it felt a little long. As a kid, I think I would not have gotten past the first act. I'm glad I pushed through, but the plot is a slow burn with a lot of Sal thinking everything to death plus extended sentient AI interactions. Also, not enough Gabi! Even though the villain is an alternate universe version of Gabi and various other Gabis show up, our Gabi is often absent or following Sal around as a tiny drone bird thing. It was less "Sal and Gabi" and more "Sal vs Evil ...more
FloeticFlo
May 17, 2020 marked it as could-not-finish
This one hurts me. The first book was 5 stars for me. I adored it so much. But I started listening to this audiobook and at 3 1/2 hours into 11, I think I'm letting it go. It doesn't read as a story yet to me -- it just seems like long vignettes in the day of Sal. I'm not sure how far along into the book I am, and I think that the fact that I'm doing audio is having an effect on what the pacing feels like. But from the synopsis, I've only hit upon one scene, maybe two, related to the plot of the ...more
rain
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
i find it baffling that this duology is super weird and contemplative at the same time. it has a sentient toilet and soft AIs you will absolutely love. it explores family in a way that makes me soft and teary eyed every single time. the concept of sal and gabi is over-the-top and just full on cacaseca but that doesn't make it less entertaining.

this series definitely explored the concept of multiverses like never before. AND EXTRA POINTS FOR THIS BOOK FOR THE ARU SHAH MENTION. it also features a
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Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)

This was cute and fun and I really enjoyed reading it. I love Sal and Gabi, they are some of my favorite characters ever. I also really liked seeing Sal's character development in this book. I think one of the strongest elements of this series is that the adults actually listen to the kids and help them. I wish we got to see a bit more of Sal and Gabi work together more because it felt a little bit like they had separate storylines and things they weren't telling the other, but overall I really
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Naina
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read Sal and Gabi Break the Universe when it first came out last year, and I immediately fell in love with the characters, the quirky writing style, and the concept. A few days ago, I realized that the sequel was out, and I immediately started reading this book. Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe is such a fun and exciting adventure, and while I still think the original is better, I had a lot of fun devouring this story. I also learned a lot about Cuban-American culture in Southern Florida while re ...more
Mrs. Mazzola
In this sequel, Sal and Gabi must work to save the world from total calamity. Sal has been creating wormholes that have been eroding the fabric of the universe, at least according to his calamity physicist father. They have been working together to try and repair them when they discover that there is a rogue Gabi from one of the alternate universes wreaking havoc on their world in response to the destruction of her own. There is the same wacky humor, well-developed Latinx characters, and excelle ...more
clara
so, i was arguing with a friend (frequent activity) about whether or not you can come back to a book you've dnfed. you totally can by the way. and i will. because i intend to do that with this book.

i read the first one and honestly throughout the book i found myself like



but, because i made friends with the characters, i was eager to read the newest addition to the series.

or, at least, i thought i was. because then after literally a year of waiting i finally got it... and never got around to read
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noah
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
CARLOS HERNANDEZ'S MIND! 🤯🤯🤯

i loved the beautifully weird first book and i love this wonderfully bizarre sequel.

so many times i was wondering where tf the story was going, but it all came together in the end. i just had to trust the journey. like early in the book i thought it was weird how much of a thing it was that sal really had to pee, but it was all just building up to the introduction of the toilet, who became an important character. see, it all makes sense!

i love how family is written. w
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Chris
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Carlos Hernandez drops us into a zany world of Culeco to continue the adventures of Sal and Gabi.

What struck me most are the deep, beautiful exchanges and sentiments that aren't preachy or heavy-handed. Friendship, love, mourning, empathy, and so many more emotions are explored alongside a plot that hums along steadily. Hope and love pour from the pages like food from a Cuban kitchen.

In short, one of the finest middle-grade series out there, and one I recommend wholeheartedly to par
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Debb Adams
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book even better than its predecessor! All I can say is I hope more Sal and Gabi books are in the works. I cannot wait to get this into the hands of my students! (More detailed review to follow)
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