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Fighting Gravity [Kindle Edition]

Leah Petersen
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Book Description

When Jacob Dawes is selected for the Imperial Intellectual Complex as a child, he’s catapulted from the poverty-stricken slums of his birth into a world where his status as an unclass is something no one can forget, or forgive. His growing scientific renown draws the attention of the emperor, a young man Jacob’s own age, and they find themselves drawn to each other in an unlikely and ill-advised relationship.

Jacob may have won the emperor’s heart, but it’s no protection when he’s accused of treason. And fighting his own execution would mean betraying the man he loves.

Product Details

  • File Size: 491 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (March 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Debut Novel With A Lot to Offer April 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Leah Petersen is giving readers everything they could ask for in her debut release, Fighting Gravity. What starts out as a story with a dystopian feel soon morphs into a teenage boy/girl romance and then segues into a m/m love story with the entire book wrapped up in a sci-fi/futuristic bow. The action moves along at a nice pace presenting a young man's life told from his perspective and the events that befall him good and bad.

Jake Dawes is an intriguing character that practically grows up before our eyes. He came from the unclass and as such was treated shabbily by many. For him to succeed as he did was quite the nose snubbing to the upperclass. I enjoyed seeing him excel when so many thought he'd fail and said he wasn't worthy of trying to better himself. His spontaneous comments and political views sometimes condemned him to some bleak circumstances and I kept wishing he'd learn from those moments, especially when he kept saying he'd learned, but I was continually left frustrated by him.

The Emporer, Pete, is an equally likable character. He's a just leader and tries to always give Jake what he wants. Whereas he understands how precarious the line is when it comes to socioeconomic status, Jake bulldozes through a situation which is why he's always in trouble. Pete's always left trying to reign him in. The connection between these men was palpable from the first time they made eye contact. Being with Jake makes Pete feel more human, more real, since everyone else is bowing down to him. When they're together it's like everyone else doesn't exist.

The romantic life of Jake permeates through the entire story starting with Kirti with them coming together to assuage their loneliness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting Gravity April 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Even though I don't read this type of sci-fi book normally, I was really happy to read this ARC! I enjoyed reading Leah Petersen's debut, and I liked the protagonist.

This one's about Jacob--Jake--a very intelligent but poor boy, who gets ripped off from his family by the Imperial Intellectual Complex (I was really immersed in the story when poor Jake gets tore from his family! So sad...). At first, Jake is really angry because he thinks of his family and his sister that he loves so much. Then after he adjusts to this new life, he meets the emperor (also a boy), and he's yanked again from what he knows, because the emperor wants him by his side. I don't want to give much away, but there's a love story between Jake and the emperor, and the book has a great pacing.

As I said, I'm not used to reading this type of fiction, and just because of the premise, I'd give it four stars. But in the end, I gave it five, because it surprised me in a good way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut April 23, 2012
Leah Petersen's debut book is touching, emotional, and a comfortably domestic love story set against the backdrop of politics in an empire that spans the Galaxy. Our narrator, boy-genius Jacob Dawes, is an oddly mature child who "steps between a punch" at six, is chosen for relocation to the Imperial Intellectual Complex at eight, and "makes love" at fifteen.

Born into one of the most poor slums of an Empire that stretches across worlds, Jake is plucked from his home life due to his amazing maths proficiency and placed into the Imperial Intelligence Complex - a literal think tank where geniuses of every discipline are corralled and kept by the Emperor in happy luxury. Jake's anger at being taken from his family is soon replaced by awe, and then joy as he finally finds a place that not only challenges his intellect but supports his endeavours. Aside from the bullying Jake is subjected to from both fellow students and some teachers for his unclass status, Jake is happiest than he's ever been in his life.

But at the age of fifteen, the Emperor - a boy the same age as Jake - comes to tour the IIC. The two boys become fast friends, bonding over science, and then the Emperor departs, he commands Jake to become part of his retinue, forcing Jake to be ripped from his home a second time. Thus begins the novel's central love affair, and the turbulent emotional struggle that Jake wrestles with for the rest of the book - can he be happy continually being relocated at the Emperor's will, whenever the Emperor pleases? Can Jake accept being the Emperor's pet physicist and later, lover, even knowing that his life is no longer his own to control? Is the lure of an Imperial lab and free reign of the Emperor's body enough to keep Jake satisfied being a virtual prisoner for the rest of his life?
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Such a combination of genres, I'm not even sure where to start!

How about science fiction? Fighting Gravity is, in my opinion, much less sci than fi. Very little of the standard tech of scifi is present, and the same with interstellar travel and other worlds, except almost in passing (such as an unscheduled stop at a nebula to sightsee). Don't get me wrong, this is by no means a complaint, but as a lifelong scifi fan I do look for that 'definition' of traditional scifi (to paraphrase, if the science is taken out of the story it would collapse). Fighting Gravity has scifi elements, but is not necessarily scifi. The story could have easily taken place in Elizabethan England with horse-drawn carriages without missing a beat.

Which brings me to fantasy. Again several elements of fantasy, even high fantasy, are contained within Fighting Gravity. You have emperors and empires, children taken away from their homes for bigger and better things, other worlds and time frames, and so on. But again, no elves, no magic spells, no flying carpets.

Romance? Now we're getting closer. Fighting Gravity is at its heart a romance between a royal and a commoner; a privileged one surrounded by wealth, opulence, and advisers, in love with an 'unclass' nobody. Now we've got the elements: forbidden, hidden love with the empire in the balance. But that's still not Fighting Gravity as a whole.

So what is the story? To paraphrase James Carville, "it's about the characters, stupid." From page one, I was captivated by Jacob Dawes' story and couldn't stop turning the pages. I'm normally a reader looking for things blowing up and bullets flying, but the story was that good I didn't miss them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Whirlwind SF Romance, Excellent Trilogy
“Fighting Gravity” by Leah Petersen is a science fiction gay romance that follows Jacob Dawes starting with his removal from the ghetto to the Imperial Intellectual Complex, where... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Mica
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, well-told debut novel!
I bought this book soon after it came out, as Leah Petersen and I had discussed writing on twitter for a while. So when she released Fighting Gravity, I picked it up for Kindle. Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story!
Fantastic story! Leah has created a universe that it not only believable but also enjoyable! I cannot not wait for the conclusion
Published 17 months ago by Greta
3.0 out of 5 stars Good science fiction with m/m romance
Fighting Gravity is a science fiction romance debut from author Leah Petersen. I actually read this book in one day and was surprised by many things. Read more
Published on May 4, 2013 by Lisa (Starmetal Oak Reviews)
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected pleasure
Only after I purchased Leah Petersen's Fighting Gravity did I come to realize it is something outside of my usual bailiwick. Read more
Published on October 30, 2012 by Adam Shaftoe
5.0 out of 5 stars what fun!
I cant add much to the other review(ers) but this author is a great find! The story is fun and moves right along. another that is very hard to put down so, give yourself time!. Read more
Published on July 10, 2012 by Curtis Lyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Love is magnetic
Leah Petersen's debut novel from Dragon Moon Press, Fighting Gravity is a phenomenal love story set against an epic sci-fi universe where interplanetary travel, ground-breaking... Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by pfallerj
5.0 out of 5 stars In good hands
What impressed me initially about this book was the dialogue and the pacing of the story. I am a stickler for both. Snobby, really. Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Jaimie
5.0 out of 5 stars SciFi with passion - A GREAT read!
I was privileged and honored to have been one of the `beta readers' for Leah Petersen's Fighting Gravity, so I watched the development of the story for some time. Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by R. B. Wood
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Leah Petersen lives in North Carolina manipulating numbers by day and the universe by night. She prides herself on being able to hold a book with her feet so she can knit while reading. She's still working on knitting while writing.

The complete Physics of Falling series is now available: Fighting Gravity (#1), Cascade Effect (#2), Impact Velocity (#3).


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