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.
***ARC received by Entangled Teen for review purposes***
It’s like gravity disappears when he’s around and I’m floating, lost.
With the simple but beautiful cover and eye-catching hook: Don’t. Ever. Peek, Gravity was instantly on my highly anticipated to-read list. I haven’t had much experience with alien books, (well except for the Lux series by JLA and Aliens Ate My Homework) and was eager to try it out. Before I start my official review, I want to point out that my ARC copy is not the final version.
I admit that Gravity started out very confusing for me and a little bit slow. I was definitely intrigued by the story, but I was also very confused by it at first. A little background story would have been a big help, but I eventually got the hang of the story and what was going on. In the distant future, aliens, better known as Ancients, have invaded Earth. They have an agreement with the humans; they will coexist peacefully in exchange for the Takings. Ancients don’t have the necessary nutrients to survive on Earth, so every night they must take nutrients from their assigned human. All the humans are afraid of the Ancients, except for Ari. She has always felt a connection and has this strange attraction to her ancient, which is super weird considering she has never seen them. She doesn’t even know if her Ancient is a guy or a girl. One night, she accidentally sees her Ancient, only to discover that it’s Jackson, a guy from her school. Pretty soon, Ari can’t stop thinking about Jackson and is conflicted by her feelings for him. She shouldn’t like him because a) He is an Ancient. b) Her father is the chief commander and c) She is technically already engaged. (Arranged marriage)
Ari was such an awesome written character. She is strong and fierce and she can kick some major butt! My favorite type of girls. Jackson was my kind of guy, you know, the hot but emotionally tortured guy. Definitely my favorite type! Although their relationship was a little bit fast, it worked for me. Their relationship was sweet, forbidden, hot and romantic, but it could all be destroyed by secrets. I’ve been on a dystopia reading slump, mostly because the worlds created cab be so bleak and depressing and they all start blending into one another, but the world created in Gravity was such a unique and refreshing change. It was a mix of dystopia/sci-fi/paranormal/romance which as disastrous as that sounds was a perfect mix. The Ancients want to coexist and the humans are sick of playing hosts. Both the Ancients AND the humans played dirty and it is up to poor Ari, Jackson and their friends to prevent an all-out war and be able to save both races. Piece of cake!
After a bumpy start, I was quickly sucked into the world of Gravity and after that cliffhanger ending, I want to read more! I hope we get to learn more about the Ancients and of course more swoony moments between Ari and Jackson. Add The Taking series to my list of must-read books! With a very unique plotline, great characters and kick-butt action scenes and the perfect mx of romance, Gravity is not to be missed!
4 out of 5 sparkly stars!
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Gravity:
-No one talks about it. No one talks about them at all. “The Ancients prefer discretion,” Mom once told me. But some say it’s because they’re so freakish we’d drop dead of fright. Others say they’re too attractive, too tempting.
I prefer this theory.
-Dad taught me to know my weaknesses and face them head on. I glanced over at Jackson. I guess neither of us expected a boy to become one of those weaknesses.
-“Well, go ahead, try it on,” Jackson says as he leans against the wall beside my window, his arms crossed. “I won’t watch. Much.”
-His fingertips hesitate at my lips, and his gaze drops. I draw a breath, and then his lips find mine. It’s an explosion of emotions-first warmth, then contentment, then fear, so much fear.
-His hands move into my hair, down my back, further and further. I wiggle a hand under his shirt, tracing lines on his stomach, and ease off his shirt. He does the same for mine so we’re bare chest to bare chest, our breath heavy.