Saturday, September 7, 2013

Review: Hover

Author: Melissa West
Format: eARC
Print Length: 352
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: August 13, 2013

On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because Zeus will do anything to save the Ancients from their dying planet, and he has a plan. 

Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth's atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to wage war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems...and no one can be trusted.

My Opinion

A must read sequel that leaves you wanting even more! Melissa West creates an intriguing world that will captivate the reader to the point of forgetting real world obligations.

At the end of Gravity, Jackson has to take Ari to Loge, in order to save her life. Hover starts off right after these events. Which means that Ari is understandably weary of all people from Loge, even Jackson. Yeah, he omitted the truth a little while on Earth. He is an alien though, so one could summarize that he did it in order to protect himself and those he loves. On Loge, Ari receives a mission from her president on Earth. Will she succeed in carrying out these orders? Will Jackson help her or hinder her from doing the right thing? And what exactly does Zeus want with all the human refugees that are on Loge?

Ari was a strong character in Gravity, both in personality and sheer strength. Her self-confidence and can do attitude is evident throughout the book. In Hover, she is the same even though she is on a new planet with a whole new set of rules/laws to follow. She adapts well and is able to pretend to assimilate into this new society. Her loyalty does remain with the people of Earth though. She was hurt by Jackson’s perceived betrayal and is not quick to forgive him. She does drag on the whole wounded emotions a bit farther than necessary. I love that Ari looks at the whole picture in a lot of cases (except with the whole Jackson situation). The fact that she is willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good of her civilization is pretty amazing.

Speaking of Jackson, holy hot alien knight –in-shining armor! He recognizes that his secret has driven a wedge between them and will do what needs to be done to fix that. He tries to give Ari her space, although he knows that he has to protect her from those of his kind that will do her harm. Knowing what her mission is, he is ubber-supportive of it. The pain that his grandfather inflicts on him is horrendous, how he turns out so decent and noble is astonishing.

Ari and Jackson learn a lot about being in or even on the outskirts of a relationship in this novel. They learn to trust each other and more importantly to trust their own emotions. This is a difficult task for both of them as they are both born leaders and people of action.

The cliffhanger left me traumatized! Did she really? What happen to Jackson? Oh my goodness why does he have a gun?

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote If my life saves the people here, then it is a very small price to pay, and one that I will gladly offer.”

Other People

Vill- Jackson’s cousin and roomie, a bit on the different side
Zeus- Jackson’s grandpa and the ruler of his kind, he is one mean alien
Emmy- Jackson’s great-aunt, and Ari’s healer
Law- President on Earth, Ari’s best friend and Jackson’s half brother
Cybil- Human on Loge, was Ari’s mentor on Earth

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