Gravity (The Taking, #1) by Melissa West
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication date: December 18th 2012
Number of pages: 284 pgs
Purchase: Amazon | The Book Depository
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.
Whatever you do... don't ever peek.
Melissa West has created a fascinating world where Aliens known as Ancients have come into our world in the year 2140.
They have made a deal with the current world to heal earth to which it has been damaged war after war in exchange for getting nutrients from humans every night.
At seventeen years old, Ari Alexander has never seen what her Ancient looked like, nor does anyone else since they are required to wear an eye patch to protect their eyes. The Ancients come in form of a bright light, so it's for the safety of the humans to be protected by this patch, but the one night that Ari has misplaced her patch---- she takes a peek.
That one peek will forever change her entire life as she knew it.
When Ari realizes that her Ancient is Jackson, someone she has had a crush on forever, but also knows goes to her school. Ancients aren't meant to be living on earth, and she knows that she should make a report regarding this, but when Jackson tells her that he needs her help... she can't help but be intrigued. The more time they spent together, the more she finds herself for falling for him, and that may be the last thing she'll need, but something that's out of her control.
I loved the world building in the novel. It introduces the world of aliens which we have never known before. A world which was so thrilling and exciting, I could not put this book down.
While we may not have gotten every single bit of information, the author gave us enough for the the story. If smaller information is needed, then I am sure it will be included along the way.
I was interested in learning more about the Ancients, and I believe we got enough to go with this story, but hope we get to see more of them and the history as the story progresses in this series.
There was bits of a love triangle introduced. Ari has grown up knowing that one day she will marry Lawrence, the President's son, but when she and Jackson spend more time together, she begins to see what she should do and feel, to what lies within her heart. It may not be what is best for her, or what others want her life to be, but sometimes you can't help who you fall in love with... even if it is a out of this world Alien.
There is so much more to this book, but it's best not to spoil all the best bits, so I should you check it out for yourself and form your own opinion
I for sure am looking forward to the next installment in this journey.