by Melissa West
YA Sci-fi Dystopian
Published: December 18th 2012
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 was not what I expected. The "history" behind the Ancients was really interesting. I wish I could have learned more. The book seemed like it couldn't quite decide what it wanted to be - dystopian or sci-fi. The blend between both genres wasn't done quite well enough to make sense. Overall it felt more sci-fi with hints that everything was occurring after the almost complete destruction of Earth.
Also, I did not understand the reasoning behind the Taking. Why do the Ancients still need to do this - and what were they "taking" from humans to begin with. They live off of Xylem - which humans' don't have.
Ari was a likeable character for the most part. While she did question the society she lived in at points, she was really naive at others. I do plan on reading the next book, but not sure if I will continue after that. It all depends on what happens.