Gravity 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.
Two such different species can’t coexist on one planet. It’s survival of the fittest and we must survive.
I love sci-fi, so when I first saw the summary for Melissa West’s debut novel Gravity, I knew it was something I had to read. Even though it was enjoyable, it felt more fluffy than I would have expected from an alien book – and not in a good way.
The aliens have finally attacked. They look just like humans, but they’re prettier, stronger, faster. And they have one element in their body that humans don’t – Xylem – a chemical that provides healing power. To protect themselves against the earth’s atmosphere, each alien is assigned to a particular human. While that human is sleeping, the aliens take the minerals they need to produce Xylem. There’s only one rule – humans must not peek.
17-year-old Ari Alexander – our protagonist – just broke that rule, and sees the last person she’d ever expected in her room – one of her classmates from school – the arrogant, popular Jackson Locke; who offers her a deal: he won’t report that Ari saw him if she agrees to help him, or be turned in and have everyone on Earth die.
Our protagonist Ari is without a doubt a great heroine. She’s got snark, wit, and is completely badass.
…Just like every single other YA sci-fi / dystopian protagonist ever invented.
Not that I didn’t like her – I certainly did; she was an enjoyable character whose wit and sarcasm filled the pages – but I was looking for something a bit more original. There was nothing that distinguished her from all the other YA sci-fi / dystopian protagonists I’ve read, and it’s only a matter of time before a character like her becomes aggravating.
All in all though, while a bit cliche in the character department, this was definitely a cute, fluffy read and while I can’t say I enjoyed it, it was certainly entertaining. I’m intrigued in where the series is going to go next, and can’t wait to learn more about Melissa’s world.