Gravity (The Taking #1) by Melissa West
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.
Gravity is narrated in first person from the perspective of a teenage girl, Ari. In Ari’s Sci-Fi and Dystopian world, there have been four world wars on Earth and humans have encountered aliens, whom they call Ancients. The Ancients are looking to relocate from their planet to Earth because their planet, Loge, has run out of water. They promise to come in peace and want to coexist with the humans of Earth. They have even adapted to our way of life, with both looks and actions (for the most part). The only obvious difference is that Ancients need to take (energy? I’m not really sure what it is they’re taking — some kind of energy or something) from the humans while they sleep. This is allowed and has been allowed by humans for some time. But, the humans need to wear this thing over their eyes that will be released once the Ancient is finished. One day, Ari loses hers and comes face-to-face with her Ancient. That’s where the real story begins.
I thought the story was uniquely presented. The basis for the story is the classic Humans want to find aliens and claim they will be peaceful, but then humans realize they are the most important species and do not want peace with said aliens anymore, so they start a war. This kind of idea is very widespread in the Sci-Fi genre and it is probably pretty accurate. Humans are a pretty selfish species. And we are also addicted to looking for life on other planets; but, if we found it, would it satisfy us?
Ari is a good character. I liked her. She had to make some pretty difficult decisions when it came to what she was brought up to do vs. what she felt was the right thing to do. She is a strong character, physically and emotionally, for the most part. She has been trained her whole life to be this way. I also liked Jackson. I liked his personality and how he seemed to really care about Ari. What irked me about him, though, was how he demanded the truth from Ari and she had to defy her family and everything she knew in order to help him, but he couldn’t tell her the whole truth about himself. It was a bit irritating and caused me to not 100% like Jackson.
I will be reading the second book in the series, Hover. I would recommend this book to lovers of Sci-Fi alien stories. I thought the story was creative and worth reading.
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