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Gravity

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By (author) Melissa West

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  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 207mm
  • Publication date: 18 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Fort Collins
  • ISBN 10: 1620610914
  • ISBN 13: 9781620610916
  • Sales rank: 37,223

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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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By Sarah Elizabeth 30 Aug 2013 5

(Source: Purchased on kindle from Amazon.co.uk)
17-year-old Ari lives in a dystopian society, where every night aliens come to every human's bedroom and suck antibodies from them.
Ari is in training to be the next engineer commander after her father, but doesn't expect to find herself in the middle of yet another war - the aliens claim they're peaceful and want to coexist, but the government wants to get rid of them anyway.
Can humans and aliens coexist? Can Ari be what her parents want her to be? And is she falling for the alien that comes to her room every night?


This was a brilliant sci-fi dystopian, and I really liked it.

Ari was a girl whose parent's had always expected a lot of her, and had been training her since she was tiny, grooming her to become the next Engineer Commander. She trained constantly, and always did what she was told. I liked how when the situation called for it she did what she needed to do, and went against everything that she had ever been taught, because she trusted her gut to know what was really right, even if it wasn't what her parents would want her to do.

I liked the storyline in this book. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, which was good because it had some really unique ideas. I thought the whole thing about the aliens needing antibodies was very interesting, and I liked how the author managed to mix real-life science with the science of the aliens.
I liked the tension in this book, and I liked how there was both action and romance. The story had good pace and flowed really well, and although there were a couple of points that were maybe a little shaky I was able to look past these because I was enjoying the story so much.
I thought the ending was pretty good, and I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series!
Overall; brilliant sci-fi dystopian story.
9 out of 10.

By Alaiel Kreuz 22 Oct 2012 4

Gravity surprised me. I wasn't sure what to expect, after all, aliens are not in my confort zone but, well, after reading Obsidian my horizon grew even more. And I'm glad it did, otherwise I wouldn't have read this great book.

The characters:
- Ari Alexander, our female main character, is one kickass girl. Tough, strong, determined. She was raised to lead, to become one of the next Legacy leaders in this future world. Soon she will be Commander, just like her dad. And she can handle everything you toss at her feet, or die trying.
- Jackson, the male main character, is as we soon discover, part of the Ancients and therefore enemy of our world. But he has secrets. Secrets he wants to share with Ari to prevent a war that will destroy not only the whole human race but also two things he treasures most.
- Lawrence is not the male main character but he is another Legacy. He goes to school with Ari, Gretchen (Ari's bestfriend) and Jackson and, you know, he is going to be the next President. And did I mention he is going to be Ari's future husband too? An arranged marriage to unite both their powers, of course.

I'm sure you will sympathize, if not with all the characters, with most of them. Especially because they all give depth to the plot. This is a book full of diverse characters with each a different personality.

The plot:
What I loved the most about this book is that the adults are the ones "in control" of what's going on... or so they think. Yes, as always, they are doing a big mess threatening to destroy everything we love just because they are greedy and afraid of what they don't understand BUT you want to know the good thing? They have kids! Yes!
And trust me, we are lucky they exist. As future leaders most of the main characters try to do their best in order to prevent both races annihilation.
And for better or worse I understood their decisions. Maybe I didn't agree with all they did but I was able to see why they did certain things.

But although I love the plot I had a little problem with one thing: there is no proper foundation. At least not for me.
I mean, what exactly happened to our world that it ended up needing the help of aliens in the first place? What happened to the countries and why is almost everybody so poor? I think that in my head I would have prefer to imagine this as a whole different world from the beginning.

As for the romance part right now you may think there's going to be a love triangle (and, if you are like me, you may be a little tired of those) but don't worry, Melissa made sure to entertain and offer a very well thought book. Soon you will find yourself cheering for each couple's happiness.

Overall I can only say that this book was great. A perfect mix between dystopia and sci-fi that will keep you reading until the very end. And then wanting more. Much more. And I know the book is kind of short, but don't let it fool you, it's packed with information from the very first page and very fast paced.

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From the Book 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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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.