Tuesday, December 18

Gravity: Book Review


Melissa West

Entangled Teen
December 18th 2012
Young Adult | Science Fiction

Official Blurb -

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.

A watered down version of Romeo and Juliet set in a science fiction scenario. Entertaining but odd. I am not really sure where this all is going. I guess the next book takes us down the crazy old-man's mind. Maybe Hover is more like hovering on the edge of insanity.

A very battle oriented society. Extremely blind in its pride. 'Pride cometh before the fall' So interesting how once that fall happens everything changes. Even the harsh hard-hearted father becomes desperate and soft. Sweet mothers become dragons protecting their young. And protection turns into death.

As is common for me with science fiction it took some time to acclimate to the strange ideas and world. After that the story felt more dystopian. There are so many secrets. Even as the book closes we know so very little. I don't envy the girl. She is penned in by strangers and she knows nothing. I fear she is going to be used as a tool to keep certain people in line. Not very nice. Sort of a "We have your future Commander or I can kill your girl anytime you don't do as I say." Trouble is brewing. At least we might get a better idea of what is going on with the Ancients. Who is Jackson and just what is his life really like?

The ending made me laugh. I had to read it twice because I felt it was missing something. Such a dramatic reveal that it just felt funny instead of crazy scary.

So while there are parts that really don't make sense just yet and I feel sure doom is just around the corner I enjoyed this book. It will be fun to see what happens next.