5 Stars to Gravity by Melissa West

Published December 17, 2012 by katheryn13

 

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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Let me just start by saying that I had my doubts about this at first. I’m not usually one for alien stories, but lately I’ve found myself branching out. First there was the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (a definite read, by the way), and now Gravity.
I will say this: I am LOVING the hot aliens!

Gravity was a little slow to start off, I thought, but then it swiftly moves in a steady pace and before I know it I’m sucked in. It’s a real page turner and the world is well written, so easy to imagine that I felt like I was there in certain circumstances. A future America (and the world, for that matter) with aliens taking over…now that’s a future to fear. Unless the aliens are as good looking and sarcastic as Jackson Locke, in which case…yeah gimme!
The basic premise is solid: The humans have to wear patches at midnight so the Ancients can take their energy, their life source. But they don’t kill them… I suppose they could if they wanted, though.
Ari is the Commander Operative’s daughter and when she forgets her patch one night, she gets a surprise when she sees who her Ancient is. And from then on it’s just one endless roller coaster. I loved the fighting sequences and the whole training concept. It kind of reminded me of the Divergent series where they do that same sort of thing; it definitely (to me) had that same sort of feel to it.

I was rooting for Ari and Jackson from the first moment they locked eyes on each other. I liked how it wasn’t just love at first sight, though. They’d known each other for years, just not as friends (not close friends, anyway) so that made it more believable. Some couples in books have it that they’ve never met before so it can be a bit harder to believe they got close so quickly, you know? This, however, was a nice change and I found myself sympathising with Ari and her confusion. Not that I can really relate to it.

I really hated her dad. I’m sure he loved her and he cares, bla bla bla. But the way he was so hard on her and made her feel no where near good enough for anything, it just made my blood boil. I wanted him to just wake up for once and see she’s just a girl, just a teenage girl with feelings. But I guess that was the way he was brought up and his job taking its toll. He had to see things from a point of view and no amount of reality was going to stop that.
Gretchen and Law was wonderful characters who both brought humour and tension to the story. Law did get on my nerves a bit, but then you find out his story and it makes total sense. Gretchen…I liked her, then I was mad at her, then I liked her again.

Cybil was a character in herself. I mean talk about a 180 (you’ll see what I mean soon enough.) I don’t know what her deal was from the start but she was almost giving me whiplash with her moods.

Over all I cannot wait for the sequel, Hover, and I can only hope it lives up to its predecessor. I had been waiting months for Gravity, and when I finally got it, I was over the moon. I’d like to thank Melissa West for her amazing writing skills and for helping make aliens cool (and sexy) :)

– Kat

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