Review: Gravity by Melissa West

Gravity by Melissa West

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.

First Line: The T-screen in our family room crackles just before President Cartier fills the screen.

ReviewI haven't read too many alien based books but the few I've read so far have been freaking awesome and Gravity was no different. This was actually more of a Sci-Fi mixed in with Dystopian. It's the year 2140 and Aliens known as the Ancients travel through portals every night and go to their assigned human for the Taking, the humans are not allowed to know who their ancients are and have to put a patch over their eyes that pretty much paralyzes them during the Taking. So one night Ari can't seem to locate her patch and that night opens her eyes to see a classmate of hers named Jackson hovering on top of her.  We find out that Jackson actually wanted Ari to see him and that he needs her to help prevent a war between the Ancients and the Humans.

I loved Ari she is unstoppable with all her military training she has received since a very young age all due to the fact that she will be the future Commander. She doesn't agree with her fathers methods and wants to prevent the war just as much as Jackson so she goes against everything she has ever been taught teams up with Jackson and does what she believes to be the right thing to do. As for Jackson it was easy to like his character but he has a ton of secrets that even now I'm pretty sure there is a lot of things we don't know about him and will find out in the second book.

The world building was pretty great I was able to really get a feel for this future the author created my only beef is I really just wanted more details of the past, before the Ancients and what all really happened to make the world the way it is in 2140. 

Overall Gravity was a fast paced read and a bit of a surprise for me since I didn't have any expectations for it and ended up really enjoying it as much as I did

Memorable Quotes:

~I wish someone would kiss me like that, hold me like I was all that mattered in the world. Instead, I'm treated with delicacy, no one getting too close unless it's for combat training.

~It's as though chaos and perfection slammed into each other and he's the result.


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