Hover (The Taking #2) by Melissa West
On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because Zeus will do anything to save the Ancients from their dying planet, and he has a plan.
Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth’s atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to wage war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems…and no one can be trusted.
The story in Hover continues shortly after where Gravity left off. Ari is now on the planet Loge and has to try to find a way back to Earth safely, while trying to come up with a way of convincing the humans and the Ancients of peacefully co-existing on Earth. She comes to discover, however, that the leader of Loge, Zeus, is not who she thought he was. He is actually quite evil and has his own plans for how the Ancients will come to live on Earth. So, Ari has to find a way of conquering Zeus as well.
Throughout the beginning of Hover, there is a lot of backstory from the first book. Too much for my liking. I like a little bit, just to remind me of key things that happened in the first book. But, not so much that I have to actually skip parts of the book because it feels like I’m just re-reading the first one. Hover verged on that second option. It included too much unnecessary backstory.
Throughout Hover, I found myself wondering the following question: Who/what did the Ancients Take from before the humans and who/what would they Take from if they killed off the humans? The question was kind of answered, but ended up leaving me with more questions. I am not sure I am fully understanding the whole “Taking” thing. Maybe it’s just me and I missed something, but I don’t really understand it’s entirety. This is the best explanation I found:
“They’d prepped us here on what to do during the Taking and why. Xylem is sort of a strange thing. It learns, advances, it becomes what it needs to be. But originally, we could not all fight off the basic illnesses of your world. We tried. Zeus said we would Take to train our bodies how to cope in your world.” — A conversation from an Ancient to Ari, page 115
Okay, so if my understanding of the Taking is correct, the ancients Take from the humans in order to survive on Earth? So, they don’t normally have to Take? So, how did this Taking first come about? How did they know they needed to do it or what to do? Clearly, I’m confused by this whole concept. (If you have any insight on the subject, feel free to share in the comments below!)
I found Ari to be slightly different in this novel than she was in Gravity. Understandably so, after all that she has seen and experienced. In Hover, Ari is fearless, but in a very reckless way. She’s not afraid to die, which sometimes causes her to do really stupid and reckless things. She still doesn’t ask all the questions that she should be asking. I’m not sure why she feels she shouldn’t ask the questions, when the answers would help her understand things more and be very beneficial to her goal. It’s a bit infuriating.
I still like Jackson. He is also different in this book, mainly because we now know more about him. He’s not hiding behind so many big secrets anymore. We get to find out more about him and why he is the way he is. Though, he still has some secrets that we slowly find out and some that we have yet to discover.
I found it interesting how similar Luge is to Earth. The culture is similar to our western culture on Earth. They also have houses, buildings, nature (minus animals), roads, etc. like we have here. And the creatures of Loge (Ancients) look and talk and think and feel emotions, just like humans. I found myself wondering, where is the creativity?
In all honesty, I found myself a bit bored with the majority of this book. At least, I didn’t find it as interesting or captivating as Gravity for some reason. That is until the crazy ending!!! Hover leaves the reader with cliff hangers like crazy. There’s no way you could read this book and not read the next one! I seriously still can’t believe it ended like that.
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