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The Other Side Of Gravity (The Oxygen Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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After the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Matched series were over, I've been desperate to find a new Y.A dystopian series that I can truly fall in love with - and I seem to have found that in the Oxygen series by Shelly Crane.
The Other Side of Gravity is a new twist on the Y.A format, combining elements from In Time, The Hunger Games, and Inside Out. The book takes place in a dystopian society on the planet Landu, and follows two main characters: Sophelia & Maxton. It's written in a first-person narrative, and the chapters switch between Sophelia & Maxton's P.O.V. I love that element of the book, it worked so well! I connected with Sophelia & Maxton very quickly, and having both of their perspectives of events in the book really me imagine what was going on.
Sophelia & Maxton are both wonderful characters. They each have strong and colourful backstories that are thoroughly enjoyable to learn about, and Shelly has done a really good job of making sure their backgrounds affect the decisions they make now. Sophelia is such a strong, sweet, brave and adorable young woman, I really loved reading her chapters, she had such a unique and intriguing outlook on the world. Maxton, although he appears to be a bit of a dodgy bloke at first, he really is one of the loveliest men around. His background was really interesting, and so was his P.O.V. Shelly has done a fantastic job on making sure that Sophelia and Maxton's chapters are different, I never had to look at who was narrating as it was instantly recognisable by the writing style.
The world that Shelly has created, Landu, is seriously fascinating. Although we get answers to a couple of questions throughout the book, I still have so many that have been left unanswered. I have to admit that for certain questions I am nervous for the answer, as it could spell (even more) trouble for my beloved Sophelia & Maxton.
So, if you love Y.A science-fiction/fantasy with strong female characters, dashing young men, gripping storylines, romance, and political undertones, then this is the perfect book for you! I am so excited to read the rest of the series, and I will definitely be checking out more of Shelly Crane's novels. Yay!
Firstly the front cover is amazing, it is the whole reason I wanted to read the book! it captivated me as soon as I was browsing through titles to hopefully review.
Sophelia is a slave seven hundred years in the future on a planet on the other side of the sun, for some reason I'm still not quite sure of humans evacuated Earth to leave for this place. Only there isn't any oxygen or gravity pull which means people have to adapt by taking tablets to sustain these which makes these tablets very desirable indeed, a luxury if you like. This then means the poor are struggling just to get by trying to keep a hold of their breath... and keep their feet safely on the ground.
So from the start of the book I was gripped, I couldn't get enough and I just wanted more. Soph completely melted my heart and I just wanted to scoop her up into a bear hug. The book was told in two POV's of the main characters which I honestly loved but it was choppy, sometimes I didn't know who was talking and I was getting really confused. I tried to reread these parts but I just couldn't get it at all so gave up and read on. There were some dodgy sentences I also felt were completely out of place but I could look past that because hey we are all different!
I really liked our characters at the start of the book, Maxton our hot black market dealer who has some fiercely intense moments with Soph that literally made me want to scream at them GET TOGETHER NOW I SHIP USE!!! but the overuse of words like "gasped" started to really frustrate me, I get it Soph I really do but please for the love of god stop gasping or I really hope your gravity tab wears off and you float away.
The twins were pretty funny they totally bounced off each other, really cheeky with confidence yet there was also a childlike sense to them also, I liked it! The characters could have been built on a little more they were pretty vague.
So in the middle of the book, I got a little bit bored, I was finding it hard to picture where the book was meant to be set because it never built much of the surroundings, so my mind kept changing during the book on what it would look like. Sometimes I would picture Game of Thrones Kings Landing and others I was thinking of The Divergent series Allegiant but the film, lots of red sand and red rain. Then with the whole music thing it made me think of The Hunger Games, then I realized The Other Side of Gravity did make me think of Divergent series & Hunger Games a lot. Once I thought of this I had to keep it in my head to not compare it to these as I did enjoy the story it's just needing a few weak links sorted!
I do believe the book was more about romance nearly every page was full of it. Don't get me wrong I love a romance and these two are perfect but come on guys use are getting chased, you are wanted by the space police! Please for the love of my sanity stop stopping each other in your tracks to kiss and gasp at one another, yet it wasn't pushed at the start of the book where usually in a YA they are in love by the second chapter, so I wasn't cringing waiting for my mind to erase what I just read I actually enjoyed the chase. I am excited to see where it goes I won't lie, during the book while I started to lose interest I got to about 80% and it picked back up I was like DAMN GIRL DON'T YOU FREEZE ON ME!
I would recommend the book if you like a romance with a tad of sci-fi because I genuinely feel that's what it is. I for one will be reading on because I ship Soph & Maxton... my Saxton!
"That look on your face will star in my dreams for the rest of my life."
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