Gravity (The Taking #1) – 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.

I love dystopia books, and I was not let down with Gravity by Melissa West. The book is about this unique world set several years in the future where aliens and humans sort of co-exist. The aliens are allowed to come to Earth at midnight each night to “take” from each human. The main character, Ari, peeks during her taking one night and realizes that the alien above her is her classmate, and number one competition, Jackson Locke.

As the story progresses, Ari and Jackson begin to work together to create peace for both humans and aliens alike. Unfortunately, things don’t go quite the way they planned and soon Ari learns about some of the horrifying things the humans are doing to the aliens behind closed doors. And to top it all off, Ari is now experiencing new….abilities. By the end of the story both Ari and Jackson have some very tough decisions to make about who they’re aligned with and who they want to be.

Gravity can be summed up into 3 different words and sections; interesting, lacking and amazing. The beginning of the book was very interesting. There was just something really cool about aliens and humans coexisting, and I liked it. I did find the taking process to be a little creepy, but I felt that there needed to be a creep out factor where aliens were concerned.

The middle chunk of the book fell a little flat for me. It started to lose the spark that captured me in the first place. I wouldn’t say that the book got boring or bad, but I did almost put it down. I wanted a lot more, and I was worried that the book was about to tank.

The ending of Gravity was so amazing that I stayed up late into the night sucking down every single word. I don’t know how Melissa West pulled out from that middle funk she created, but she did. The ending was AMAZING! Seriously, I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved the ending of this book.

I also really enjoyed the characters of Gravity, especailly the characters of Ari and Jackson. I really appreciated how West made Ari stick to her original character. That probably makes no sense right now but let me explain. Ari’s father is the current commander, and Ari is already destined to be the future commander. By cooperating with Jackson, Ari had to turn her back on her father and her friends and cooperate with the enemy. Some authors would have made Ari completely okay with that decision, but Melissa West really made it a challenge for Ari. There were times that I was really unsure which direction Ari would take, and I loved not knowing exactly what was going to happen.

Jackson was such a sweetheart! Yes, it was a little creepy that he was an alien, and I didn’t really understand how the aliens could have human bodies, but I loved him! He was strong, hot, and he seriously cared about Ari. He wasn’t over the top mushy gushy and he wasn’ta complete jerk either. I really enjoyed his character!

Now, as much as I enjoyed the ending of this book, I’m a little nervous about the second one. Because of how Gravity left off, the second one will either be really good or really stupid. This really concerns me because of how invested I now am with this series. I’m hoping that the second book will be great. It has such potential and could possibly be a five star book. The book could also tank by incorporating too much alien weirdness. Regardless, I’m going to be checking it out.

Dystopia lovers will really enjoy this book. I would encourage readers to stick through the middle section of the book because the ending is so worth it. Sci-fi fans will also get a kick out of this book since aliens make up a large majority of it! I can’t wait to read more from Melissa West and to hear what you guys think of Gravity! Happy reading!


Pages: 400

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: December 18, 2012

Rating: [rating: 3.5]


Teaser Quote: “There is a lot of gray between life and death. Life isn’t worth living if you aren’t with the ones you love.”