2 March 2015

Gravity Review

Gravity - The Taking #1
Melissa West

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What they say: In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

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What I say: I'm a big fan of alien stories and I have to admit the blurb really drew me in. Gravity is a YA story full of crazy unexpected twists, turns and of course romance.

Ari lives in a world where aliens have arrived on Earth but they need human antibodies to survive. Humans form a very fragile truce with the aliens because we they cannot beat the aliens advanced technology. The truce involves giving the aliens the antibodies in a nighttime ritual where the 'feedings' are done blind and the humans must never see their alien. Until one night when Ari accidentally sees Jackson...

Readers who love drama and action in their stories should be happy because most of the focus is on the political situation and the potential war, but there is of course romance. 

I really liked Ari, she's a strong fighter who reminded me of a mixture of Katniss, Liz (from Roswell) and Tris. Ari's entire life is planned out for her. She doesn't really even have the choice of career or who she'll marry. 

The book also focuses on loyalty. Ari is asked to look at morality and the idea of the greater good. She also faces betraying her own species by developing feelings for an alien.

Jackson is particularly interesting because he's a huge contradiction; he hides more than he shows, but is really intriguing. I had my suspicions about certain events and I'd like to see him get more page time in the next book. I want to know how he really feels and what is real or fake.

The book is Young Adult so the action is kept fairly clean and is pretty sci-fi heavy. I'm looking forward to reading book 2 and finding out what happens next to Ari. Will we get answers about Jackson's motivation and past?

4 - 4.5 Stars in my Sky!


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