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Product Details

  • Series: The Taking
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620610914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620610916
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A thrilling debut packed with action and mystery. Aliens never looked so good."
USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

"GRAVITY is a nonstop action thrill ride set in a richly imagined sci-fi version of earth, featuring a bold heroine who knows how to fight, just not who she should be fighting for. Start reading and you won't. Ever. Stop."
Jennifer Bosworth, author of Struck (FSG/Macmillan)

"Gravity will grasp readers tightly, with an ingenious storyline and sharp dialogue. West's extraterrestrials are unlike anything sci-fi fans have seen."
RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 star and Top Pick rating
"There was a lot of action and suspense..." 
- Examiner
"I couldn't stop reading!"
- Lovin' Los Libros
"...a fast-paced, high-octane story...Once you pick up this book you won't want to put it down until you've finished."
- Jenna Does Books

From the Book

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.

From the Author

I have committed to donating 10% of my earnings for the entire Taking Series, beginning with GRAVITY, to the American Cancer Society. For full details, please visit the American Cancer Society page on my blog:

More About the Author

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/Intermix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

Connect with Melissa at or on Twitter @MB_West. And for sneak peeks at upcoming works, prizes, and more, join The RES Spies at Mel's Madhouse:

Customer Reviews

I loved Ari's character.
Always YA at Heart
The characters were well developed, the story was different and interesting with some surprises.
T. Lewiswalker
The book Ends very abruptly but that just leaves you craving more.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Built To Last on December 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the product description and thought this book was going to be GREAT - and it could have been, it just wasn't. I found myself thinking of it as being a YA version of The Host by Stephanie Meyers and even a little similar to Partials by Dan Wells, only not as well written.

My main problem with the writing was the abrupt transitions and scenes that didn't make sense: Ari runs up to try her dress on for Gretchen, sees Jackson in her room and they start talking, then it is time for the Taking and she never goes back down to show Gretchen the dress. The timing isn't consistent - jumping forward without any logical warning for the elapsed time to make sense. She beats up Brighton, gets in and then gets in an argument with Jackson - whole episode doesn't make sense. The relationships are just not fleshed out enough - too abrupt for example, Jackson stops them from making out on her bed to go for a picnic? Their relationship is continually abruptly halted for no reason and another thought or action is described without resolving the two of them. While the story remains appropriate for the 12-15 year old reader, even they will become frustrated by the odd transitions in this book.

One of the main turning points in this book is when Ari's head is so filled with pain after the bombing that Jackson needs to heal her. Why her head explodes in pain is never revealed and Gretchen's own miraculous recovery after her own melt down after the bombing is never explained.

I really enjoyed the first half of this book and thought it was going to be a favorite, but it took me three days to finish the end of the book and I made myself do it.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Always YA at Heart on October 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Don't. Ever. Peek. When I saw that sentence, of course I knew I had to read this book. The year is 2040. The world as we know it no longer exists. After being destroyed by war, an agreement is established with an alien race, known at the Ancients. The earth no longer is able to produce food, but the Ancients have a special ability to make that happen. In exchange for this, each night the Ancients come in and perform "the taking," from the humans. Each human has one Ancient assigned to them. At midnight they come in and the "exchange" takes place, with the Ancient absorbing the necessary vitamins, energy, etc. from the human. There is one rule, a rule that is never to be broken. The humans are to wear a patch preventing them from seeing and moving, and they are to never look. As it happens, Ari Alexander breaks that rule and opens her eyes to see Jackson Locke, one of the most popular boys at her school, hovering over her.

Ari Alexander is the daughter of the military commander and is destined to take over that position one day herself. Her dad is tough, unrelenting, and highly demanding, so Ari has trained day and night in preparation for her future. Jackson Locke is hot, the girls fall all over him, he seems to be the best at everything, and he is Ari's biggest competition at school. Her best friends are Lawrence and Gretchen. Lawrence also happens to be the son of the President, and Gretchen's father works for Ari's dad. Lawrence and Ari also have prearranged destinies planned for them by their parents.

After Ari finds out who Jackson really is, he asks her to trust him and to help him, or everyone is dead.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nyx on November 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I had high expectations for this one, probably cause I have been wanting to read it for a while now, and that cover is just so beautiful! Unfortunately it was just ok.

The concept of the book is great. The Ancients who are trying to coexist cause their planet is dying out, so they help rebuild ours with the hopes of living here as well. The way they Ancients had to adapt to our atmosphere. The politics involved between all the regions and then the Ancients, how the world works now after having it reconstructed.

You can tell she put some serious thought into it and I'm sure in the next books there will be some incredibly twists going on, but I don't know if I'll manage to get there.

To me characters can either make it or break it, and in this case it was the latter. Even though I liked that Ari could kick-ass, I just couldn't really relate to her for some reason. Actually I couldn't relate to any of them.

Gretchen was the only one semi ok. Lawrence was ugh, I didn't get him, he was like a background person most of the book till the end when he actually did something and even then it was just for like a couple of pages.

Then there is Jackson, who I was willing to like at first, but then he would keep telling Ari to trust her and all he did was keep lying to her! I don't care if he actually cares for her, you do not keep asking for trust and not even try to return it, sorry. It just didn't do it for me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kelli on December 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
After WWIV, the humans had destroyed their planet, making it virtually unlivable. The Logians, a superior alien race, came and repaired the planet. They had done this many times in the past, but this time they requested something in return. Their planet was running out of water, and they asked to be allowed to live on earth after acclimating themselves through the exchange of antibodies with humans. The leaders of the earth readily agreed; however, when it came time to pay up, the earth leaders reneged on the agreement.

Zeus, the leader of the Logians, knew of the plans to renege, and he had placed alien spies on the planet. This was not allowed. One of these spies is a school kid named Jackson. Jackson convinces Ari, daughter of the Commander, to find and give them the Earth's strategy to stop the Logians from inhabiting their planet in order to prevent a future war.

Let's start with how would knowing the Earth's strategy for war prevents a war from occurring. It wouldn't. The Earth leaders made it clear that they would do anything to prevent the Logians from inhabiting their planet, because of their fear that the superior race would eventually take over. It was made clear that the Logians could have just picked an uninhabitable area, terraformed it, and ignored the dying human race and taken their antibodies unwillingly. And by the way, antibodies create an immune response to foreign bodies. They were obviously advanced enough to create their own immunity. Antibodies are not DNA and will not make you more human; yet, the author states that the antibodies were making them more human. At 28%, we learn that, "...our bodies are very human-like, thanks to the Taking--thanks to humans." They are Taking antibodies.
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