Friday, March 14, 2014

Gravity by Melissa West

12844575Genre: Aliens

Paperback: 284 Pages
Published: December 18, 2012
Series: The Taking
            1. Gravity
            2. Hover
            3. TBA
Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads Synopsis:
            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.
My Review:
            I was never really into aliens (until I read Obsidian) and now I am obsessed with them. When I came across Gravity, I thought it was the perfect book. Hellooooooo, have you seen the cover? The summary? The first line: 'DON'T. EVER. PEEK.'!!!! How could I not pick this book up? The story revolves around a young girl named Ari. She lives in a world where Ancients (aliens) live among the humans. But the humans don't know who they really are. They can be your neighbor, the mailman or even your best friend. For Ari and her kind, the main rule is to never peek at night when the aliens perform 'the taking' ( I don't want to reveal too much so you're going to have to read to find out what it is). There is only one rule Ari is supposed to follow and what does she do? She peeks! Only to find Jackson (the star football player) standing over her.
            The character of Jackson is pretty good. He is smart, funny and an alien. Although I hope to see more character development in the next book, Hover. There was a twist about him in the end, which I was not expecting. What I really loved about Jackson was how he talked about his(alien/ancient) homeland. He truly cared about his people and his homeland unlike his grandfather. He made me want to go there, and his loyalty was what gave him an edge in my eyes. Ari on the other hand, was a strong and witty female character. She wasn't like those damsel in distress come save me types. She was her own protector and that's what made me like her so much. The connection between Ari and Jackson wasn't instant love however, their fondness for each other grew as the story picked up.
            The action and world building was fast paced and had my pulse racing. I constantly encountered twists and turns I didn't see coming, which made reading this book more fun. I was constantly figuring out who the bad and good guys were. You just couldn't tell! And when you thought you had it the author went ahead and put another twist in the story. If you love aliens, romance, and amazing action then you will definitely love this book.   

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