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Monday, December 10, 2012

Gravity by Melissa West

I was really excited about this one leading up to the release, and then the date kept getting changed, so it kind of fell by the wayside for a little while. But once I cleared a few more things off the TBR list, I was able to get to it!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) This is the first book I've read about beings from other planets coming to Earth. Aliens, I guess, although they're never referred to as such in Gravity. And I really liked how it all came together. I'm usually pretty hesitant when it comes to things like that, because it just seems so far outside my wheelhouse, but author Melissa West managed to do it so creatively that she gave my imagination ample room to explore. 2) There are things about the way the Earth is now (post-WWIV) that I loved hating. Like Ari, for example. She is the only child of Commander Alexander, which means she was born to fill his role. It's like, society took 2 steps forward in technology and science, and 97 steps back in personal freedoms. The way these parts of the story are described and included just made it that much easier for me to understand and have an automatic distaste for the way the world was being run. 3) The writing style. I was particularly impressed with Miz West's writing style. One of my all-time favorite authors once said that the best advice she ever got as a writer was to make sure that she was showing her readers what she wanted them to know, and not just telling them. Melissa really was able to do that, so as a reader I felt like I was experiencing the book, instead of just reading it. 4) Loved how much history we got. Being able to see how the world got to be in the position it was in now really enriched the story. Miz West gives us a full back story so you aren't left questioning why things are this way in the first place, and because of this you are able to see a natural progression for the future. I was very pleased by all of that!

What I Didn't Like: Well, there were a few times when things were a little too easy. Not too easy as in for the characters. No, nothing was ever easy for Jackson and Ari. But where it seemed like an unnatural ending to a scene, because it was going somewhere difficult and the author just didn't want to go into it. Of course, who knows how that happened, it could have all been cut out during the editing process. It doesn't detract from the story in anyway, there were just a few times when it hit me like, whoa, that was a cop-out.

Overall Thoughts: Gravity is a book that I know I'll enjoy reading again. With a compelling plot, and lots of detail, readers of a wide variety of genres will find something to like in this debut. There are a few abrupt scene changes that may pull you out of the moment, but nothing that really breaks up the flow of the book. I'm really interested to see where this story will take us next!

My Rating: 4 shots

2 comments:

  1. I was really excited for this book as well and read through nearly all of it before stopping abruptly at the end. I have no idea why I haven't finished it yet. While I did enjoy it, it just wasn't what I had expected I guess so I was a little let down. But you're right, there was a lot of really great qualities to this book! I also liked the fact that we were given so much history! We weren't left with really any questions as to how the world ended up like this!

    I really have to finish this book up. Lovely review!

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  2. I really liked this book too! The only thing that bothered me a bit was how quickly Ari seemed to fall for Jackson. I totally understood things for his side, but not hers. Melissa kind of cleared that all up in a post I read on a tour stop though. I loved that Ari was really tough too. Fantastic review!!

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