Publisher: Entangled Teen on December 18, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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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.
At A Glance
Loved the alien goodness, but some reasoning was way left field.
Aliens, people. We’ve got aliens! I don’t know why, but I love alien books. It’s such a scary concept for humans. If they ever come, are they going to superior to us? Are they going to be peaceful or aggressive? Well, Gravity gives us a peek at one possible outcome, and it’s not looking good for us.
The best part of this book is that you never really know who the bad guys are. At first you think the aliens (called the Ancients) are, then we see what the humans are doing to the aliens behind closed doors and you start to second guess things. Honestly, neither species is 100% innocent, and there is no obvious solution to the upcoming war. Either the humans let the aliens live with them and risk becoming slaves, or they fight against the take-over and possibly get annihilated, since the aliens are stronger and have more technology.
It’s cute how Ari and Jackson thought they could really stop the impending war all by themselves. Hey, they do try their darndest. I have to give props to Ari because she is one hell of a fighter. I love a heroine who can really fight, and she is even better than Jackson. That’s saying something since Jackson is an alien and stronger by nature.
The military and political parts brought this story to life. The alien abilities and history were fun to learn about. The action and fighting scenes totally kicked ass. The plot kept my attention the whole time and the writing was good. I can’t wait to read book #2.
The biggest problem that persisted through the whole book was the fact that Ari trusted Jackson with the fate of her world with no good reason. All Jackson had to say is, “Hey, Ari, you have to tell me the human’s military strategy so I can tell my alien leader. I swear he won’t use it to destroy you all, and he will totally stop murdering your people as long as you share with me how you plan to take our species down. All will be well then, no way this can backfire in any way.” Seriously? SERIOUSLY? *head-desk*And Ari happily goes along with this because it seems so logical. If the reasoning got any thinner, you could slap it between two pieces of bread and eat it.
The romance was just okay. Since I didn’t trust Jackson (and often with good reason) I couldn’t enjoy the budding romance like I wished I could. There is only a few stolen kisses, so very YA.
It feels like it’s been some time since I really enjoy a book. I really enjoyed this story. It wasn’t the most realistic every, but hell, it was entertaining and exciting. Very recommended.
“You shouldn’t love me, but assuming you ignore me, like always, know this: I am absolutely, mind-bendingly in love with you. In every way. Every ounce of my body. My entire being…it belongs to you.”
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Gravity:
-No one talks about it. No one talks about them at all. “The Ancients prefer discretion,” Mom once told me. But some say it’s because they’re so freakish we’d drop dead of fright. Others say they’re too attractive, too tempting.
I prefer this theory.
“Well, go ahead, try it on,” Jackson says as he leans against the wall beside my window, his arms crossed. “I won’t watch. Much.”
This is a tour wide giveaway