- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Entangled Teen (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620610914
- ISBN-13: 978-1620610916
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.2 x 20.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,002,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gravity Paperback – 30 Oct 2012
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From the Book 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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In the future, only one rule will matter:
Dont. Ever. Peek.
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bedarrogant 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 shes been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, shes falling for him. But Ari isnt just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. Shes a military legacy whos been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can knowespecially 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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In Gravity humans and aliens are completely aware of each other’s existence, in fact they are even heading towards co-existing. Each night humans must wear a ‘sleep mask’ that results in temporarily paralysis while an alien: ‘Ancient’ performs The Taking, basically feeding off the human. Ari the protagonist has been used to this ritual for years although her dislike for it hasn’t lessened, she would much rather think that her Ancient is some hot dude protecting her than a creepy alien that crawls through her window each night. One night is all is takes for Ari’s world to come crashing down because one night she loses her sleep mask minutes before she’s due for The Taking and must rush into bed and close her eyes…. Pretty obvious what happens next, I think we’d all peek? Yes? She does but she doesn’t expect to see her fellow 'supposedly human' classmate Jackson Locke above her.
Ari should report Jackson to her father but first she needs some answers. How long have the Ancients walked among humans? Why isn’t the government aware? More importantly, are they here to take over? Ari’s plans of turning Jackson in comes to a standstill when he begs her to help save his people although it will come at a grave cost; she must betray her friends, family and country. Confused and longing for more answers Ari goes along with the plan for now in hopes to finding an alternative solution that doesn’t end in a war between the two species.
Ari was a great heroine to read about, her father: the Commander has rigorously trained her since she could walk to be mentally and physically fit and ready to take over his position when she comes of age. Ari has also been betrothed to the President’s son: Lawrence, her good friend to ensure a strong leadership for humans in the future, so not only does Ari face the pressure of becoming what her parents wants her to be but she’s also forced into a marriage and title with huge responsibilities. Jackson was so mysterious throughout this book, always keeping his secrets close and expecting a lot from Ari with the little information he provided her. However what I loved more was that he wasn’t a bad boy, he was trying to protect his people and it doesn’t hurt that even though he was this jacked up alien with abilities, Ari could still kick his ass, ha!
The romance was lovely; it took center stage when it needed to but was also left in the background when the action came closer which I appreciated a great deal. It was also interesting to have all of my basic assumptions be completely wrong, nothing is what it seems, there's a constant mystery to everyone's motives. Gravity was pretty plot driven and managed to keep my attention from start to finish. Although I would have liked a bit more background on Jackson, his people and The Taking, I still flew through this book and from the ending I’m almost certain that I’ll get all those answers in Book 2.
Overall Gravity was a brilliant debut by Melissa and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series takes me... hopefully to a galaxy far, far away. Sorry, I had to.
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To begin with, I found this book a little difficult to get into. There's quite a lot of information delivered in the prologue is a child that I found it hard to get my head around (though that could be because I don't read much sci-fi). The world that Melissa West has created, however, was so bizarre and intriguing that I had to keep reading. The author does a good job of conveying Ari's fear of 'the taking' (which I would have liked more information about), both in the prologue when she is a child and at the beginning of the book when she is a teenager. Unfortunately, the book felt like it was written in two parts at times, and I wonder if the author should have considered making it into two books. I found myself losing focus during the middle of the book, though the ending is very fast-paced and grabbed my attention back.
I really enjoyed the mix between the history of the world, the science of the aliens (known as Ancients) and the action of the plot, and found it fascinating learning about the differences between the humans and the Ancients and the reason behind 'the taking'. However, there were details that felt a bit unconvincing to me, which did impact on my enjoyment a bit. The technology that is frequently mentioned in the book is never really explained and I found myself guessing a lot of the time. The reason that the Ancients came to Earth was completely unbelievable to me and felt almost as if the author has included this as an afterthought. The same can be said with the food pill explanation, in my opinion. Also, there was an instance where Ari shocks Gretchen, her best friend, which confused me a little (again, I don't want to spoil anything).
I found the love aspects a little unconvincing, too. I felt that Ari trusted Jackson too quickly and that their relationship started too quickly. After all, they are supposed to be rivals and have been all their lives. Also, Ari never seems to be disgusted that she has fallen for an Ancient, even though she has grown up both fearing and hating them. There is another love story in the book (that I won't go into as I don't want to spoil anything for anyone) that I felt should have been developed a little further. It felt very sudden and there doesn't seem to be any clues until nearly the end of the book.