Monday, October 22, 2012

Blog tour Review + Giveaway: Gravity by Melissa West


Today I have the pleasure to be part of a blog tour organized by Shane (@Itching for Books). And don't forget that the giveaway is at the bottom of the post (US only, sorry internationals!).



Gravity

by Melissa West
Series: The Taking #1
Release date: 30th October, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Pages: 199 (eARC provided for blog tour in exchange of an honest review)

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.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

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.

Alaiel's Rating:
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