Review: Gravity by Melissa West

Posted January 28, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 2 Comments

Gravity by Melissa West
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Also by this author: Hover, Pieces of Olivia


Series: The Taking #1
Author: Melissa West
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopan
Number of pages:284
Source: Received from publisher for my honest opinion 

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Book Description:
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.

I’ve been reading a lot of sci-fi books, and this one doesn’t disappoint.  Gravity is a mix between sci-fi and dystopian.  Two great dystopians in one…. heck yeah!

The characters were great.  Aria is a kick butt chick.  She’s not that arrogant type that annoys the hell out of you either.  She still has the same confusing emotions that all teenage girls have.  I think that’s what makes her such a relatable character.  Jackson is very mysterious.  You never really understand his intentions.  He’s also wicked hot, so that probably adds to his appeal.  I adore him and think he’s a great character.  I appreciated the fact that Aria and Jackson were faced with probably situations.  Aria has to decide whether she trusts her dad an what the government has always told her.  Jackson just wants to do what’s best for everyone. 

There was quite a bit of action. I still wonder where all of the situations lead, and maybe things aren’t exactly what they seem.  Gravity is fast paced, and you are thrown into the dynamics of this new way of living.  The ending left me in “what the crap” mode.  I can’t wait for the sequel, Hover.

Even if you aren’t a big fan of science fiction, I think you should give this one a try.  You’ll like it.

About Melissa West

Melissa West writes heartfelt Southern romance and YA sci-fi romance, all with lots of kissing. Because who doesn’t like kissing?. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

Connect with Melissa at or on Twitter @MB_West.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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