Gravity by Melissa West | Review

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Gravity by Melissa West | ReviewGravity by Melissa West
Series: The Taking #1
Published by Entangled Teen on December 18, 2012
Genres: Aliens, Dystopian
Pages: 284
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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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Gravity takes place in a world where aliens exist. These aliens are called Ancients. Every night, one puts on a head device that covers one’s eyes. Then one’s Ancient comes and does “The Taking”. The Taking is an event that helps the Ancients get the nutrients that they need in order to survive.  

Our main character, Ari, happens to be the daughter of a top commander. Therefore, it’s only her destiny to become just as amazing as he.

One night, Ari loses her head device. She decides that she can get away with not putting it on as long as she closes her eyes. So she tries it. She ends up peeking and Ari finds out who her Ancient is.

It happens to be Jackson-her toughest competition at school. He’s been training every day just like Ari to become a commander.  

Another thing: Ancients aren’t supposed to be on Earth in the first place. T

hey are supposed to travel back through their portal and go back to their own planet. Only, Jackson doesn’t. He goes to school everday. Jackson tries to get Ali to not say anything about it. He also tells her that he desperately needs her help because it could be the end of the world as they know it.

What would you do in a situation like this? Ali’s choice is to do what’s right or take her chances with Jackson.  

Ari was a really nice character. She had to make some pretty big decisions, though I think she chose right. I really enjoyed learning everything that she didn’t know along with her.

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Jackson was probably my favorite character. For some reason, I always like the guy character better. I have no clue why! Anyway, Jackson had a really interesting story to tell. He was an Ancient, though Ari has no clue about Jackson’s background.

She definitely doesn’t tell him everything. I think that he was very admirable as well.  

Gravity was definitely an enjoyable book. I absolutely loved guessing what was going to happen and finding out if I was right. I few times, I was actually looking at the book and I was gasping because I couldn’t believe that I had guessed right.

My favorite thing about the book would probably have to be the world. The world is very unique; it’s definitely unlike anything that I’ve ever read before. The Ancients and the secrets and the lies… it was so good! I can’t wait to read the sequel by Melissa West.

Recommended to fans of:
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Have you read this novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  1. Been wanting to read this for a while.. It was the cover that first caught my eye, and the idea of aliens ~ a topic that is so underdone.. Love Jennifer Armentrout, so I'll be checking this one out for sure.. Great review!!

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