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Book Review of Hover by Melissa West

Hover by Melissa West

Hover (Taking)

Hover is a 2nd novel that follows Gravity - a kind of sci-fi, dystopian mash-up with a bit of aliens, romance, technology, opposing species (human vs. alien) and so on. You simply cannot jump into Hover without first reading Gravity or you won't know what in the world is going on.

Now, having said that, I can delve into Hover (after I drool over that beautiful, haunting cover)! Hover takes place on Loge after humans have had to escape the poisonous neurotoxin released on Earth. Ari finds herself carrying the weight of two worlds on her shoulders. As she begins to discover secrets this seemingly peaceful planet of Loge holds, her trust is tested. Ari has to figure out who to trust and what to do to save the not only Earth, but also Loge. She's torn between her duty and her feelings for Jackson. She struggles with overcoming her discovery that Jackson is Zeus's grandson.

Jackson himself takes on a new venerable identity as compared to the first book. You get to see another side of him as he strives to protect his family and yet, he is willing to betray his own grandfather to help Ari. He gains so much depth in Hover as you get to see the things he's struggling with on his home planet.

When Ari communicates with her friends back on Earth, something is different...Gretchen and Law are acting strangely. It's not something she can pinpoint, but things are not as they seem...

There are plenty of twists and turns in Hover to keep you guessing with less action than the first book but plenty of tension to make up for it.

Hover is an ever better book than Gravity. The pacing is great, the characters have a lot of depth and growth and it ends on a cliffhanger that makes you want the next book to get here NOW! Even if you aren't into sci-fi, Gravity and Hover have plenty of Y.A. elements to attract new readers to the genre. I'm looking forward to seeing how the series wraps up!

*I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.


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