Series: The Taking #1
Author: Melissa West
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Rating: 2 Stars
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.
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 because their planet is dying out, help rebuild ours with the hopes of living here as well. The way the Ancients had to adapt to our atmosphere, the politics involved between all the regions and then the Ancients themselves and 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 incredible 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 wall-flower character for 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 him 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, but as ratings show quite a few people still enjoyed, since it does have a solid concept. So if you don't mind too much the characters, it's worth a read at least.