Gravity (Taking #1) by Melissa West

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400 pages | Published October 30 2012 by Entangled Teen

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…

Review: 3.5 stars

An excellent novel set in the future where aliens and humans sort of co-exist, but wait, there’s tension! After humans destroyed the Earth with nuclear and chemical warfare, Blue-Planet-Earththey signed a treaty with the aliens to fix Earth in exchange that one day they would share the planet. This established the Taking. The Taking is a process where each alien is assigned a human and every night they come down to Earth to take important nutrients from the humans that they need to survive on Earth permanently. Now the time has finally come when they have the nutrients necessary, but will the humans willingly allow them to co-exist on Earth?

This book got me out of a bit of a slump I was going through. I’m so happy I read this! Right from the very start, I was hooked! It jumps right into the story and I was immediately like “WOW!” The prologue is genius.

I absolutely loved the pace of this book; from the very beginning I was totally addicted. There was a lot of action, a bit of drama and a nice romance on the side. There was constantly something happening with very little fluff in between. Plus the ending took me totally by surprise! I find that after reading so much I can often predict the direction a book will go in from the beginning so it’s always nice to find something that’s a bit unexpected!

This one has a fair bit of girl pgirlpowerower in it, yay! Ari was a tough, independent and kick-ass character who you want to be close friends with. Her father’s the commander therefore she’s next in line to be commander, and her father makes sure she proves just how worthy of the position she is. And oh does she dominate the ass kicking department. It’s awesome! You can’t help but admire her bravery throughout the book. Plus the president is also a female. Yeah, girls rock 🙂

I do have a few problems;

  1. I think that Ari was way too trusting of Jackson. She kinnda trusts him straight off the bat, even though she’s been raised to distrust the Ancients. In addition, he tells her straight up “Don’t trust me, they OWN me” and yet she still trusts him completely… makes her look extremely stupid which doesn’t really fit with her character at other times.
  2. The budding relationship between Ari’s two besties. It pretty much came out of nowhere and really added nothing to the plot.
  3. The issue with the Australian President… There is no Australia president because once upon a time their president died and didn’t leave an heir. So instead of Wtf Catelecting a new presidential line they gave the area to the control of the African president… WHAT?! Africa is not that close to Australia! How can the African president possibly rule Australia from Africa?? Why didn’t they give them to Asia, which is closer but still pretty far away? It just doesn’t make sense and is mildly offensive to Australia.

Overall this is a fun and creative sci-fi dystopian! I got totally lost in the action and adventure that was Melissa West’s world and am definitely intrigued to see what happens next.



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