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- Print Length: 306 pages
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- Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (March 25, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 25, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007OWQTMU
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Fighting Gravity is told in first person from the point of view of Jacob Dawes, a young genius physicist. Jacob is a fantastic character, and even though he makes so many “wonderful” (read: awful, terrible) choices, those same things make him feel incredibly real on the page. It is his ability to fail so spectacularly and in such a way that, as readers, we understand that make him so incredible.
Not to jump into the plot too much, but in the first chapter Jacob is picked up to go to the ICC—a school for genius children so they can invent new things for the empire. It is always to the ICC that Jacob seems to turn to, and though Petersen does not allow much time on the page for this schooling to happen, we know enough to see this place as a part of Jacob. It is through his connection with the school that he meets the emperor, and starts a romance that captures our hearts.
Petersen has an excellent touch for voice and a fantastic sense of character. In this book, and throughout the series, each character is seen again and again, popping up, much like they do in our own lives. Her use of language and details is well-planned and immediately gives us the information we need to know. Her descriptions are well-placed and just sparse enough to create a little craving which she satisfies bit by bit.
Fighting Gravity is a fast-paced story.Read more ›
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"Fighting Gravity" definitely reflects an original vision; this is not a science fiction book that will inspire you to think, "Oh, yeah, this is just like.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by William A. Hiatt
“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 morePublished on July 21, 2014 by Mrs. Mica
Fantastic story! Leah has created a universe that it not only believable but also enjoyable! I cannot not wait for the conclusionPublished on December 7, 2013 by Greta
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 morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Lisa (Starmetal Oak Reviews)
Only after I purchased Leah Petersen's Fighting Gravity did I come to realize it is something outside of my usual bailiwick. Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by Adam Shaftoe
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 morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Curtis Lyon
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 morePublished on May 24, 2012 by pfallerj
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. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by J. M. Frey