On Earth, seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander was taught to never peek, but if she hopes to survive life on her new planet, Loge, her eyes must never shut. Because in this world, pleasure is everything, held up by a ruling body that keeps their people in check by giving them what they want and closing their eyes to what's really happening around them. The only hope Loge has is to move its people to Earth, and they have a plan. Thousands of humans crossed over to Loge after a poisonous neurotoxin released into Earth’s atmosphere, nearly killing them. They sought refuge in hopes of finding a new life, but what they became were slaves, built to siege war against their home planet. That is, unless Ari and Jackson can stop them. But on Loge, nothing is as it seems…and no one can be trusted.
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 13th 2013 by Entangled: Teen
Source: Publisher for an honest review
Two and a half stars: A disappointing sequel that presents little resolution and a cliffhanger ending.
Ari is still reeling from the fall out back on Earth. In an attempt to rid the Earth of the Ancients, a deadly toxin was released. Unfortunately, due to the symbiotic relationship between the Ancients and the humans, many humans were also poisoned, Ari among them. Jackson rescued Ari and brought her to Loge the planet of the Ancients. The maniacal leader, Zeus, is dangerous and he continues to threaten the humans on Earth. Ari is given an impossible task from the leaders on Earth. She must kill Zeus in order to save humanity. Can Ari save her home and murder Zeus?
What I Liked:
- This is a book that focuses on Ari's growth. When I first met Ari in Gravity, she was headstrong, focused, loyal and she believed that she was superior. She falls in love with Jackson, who she feels betrays her because he isn't up front about his heritage. Now she is struggling to come to terms with her surroundings and forgive Jackson. It is a trying journey for her, but I was pleased by her growth and transformation by the end of the book. She is an entirely different character, more admirable and I was drawn to her fierce courage.
- The romance blossoms and it is truly beautiful. It takes a long time, but Ari finally forgives and gives into her emotions. Once this happens, it is a wonderful ride. I loved that romance was full of depth and truth.
- I was glad that I finally got to know the Ancients better, and aside from Zeus, they are very similar to humans except they are a bit more open minded when it comes to the powers of the human mind and more advanced. I loved getting to know Emme and Maime. They are truly extraordinary and wise. These two characters make the book.
- This story is filled with tension and drama and there is plenty of action. Zeus is a horrific villain and he is constantly unleashing his evil plots, which helps to notch up the tension.
And The Now So Much:
- Unfortunately, this book suffered from the middle book syndrome. Aside from showing Ari's growth and learning about the Ancients, there is not much movement with the plot. The entire book is focused on Ari plotting to murder Zeus, and his threats to Earth. Surprisingly, there really isn't much to capture your attention as far as the side stories go either. There is trouble brewing on Earth, but what exactly is going on is not certain. I found that I grew bored of the plot revolving around Zeus and I wanted more.
- The biggest disappointment is that this book climaxes to a big, action packed, dramatic ending only to end in a horrible cliffhanger with absolutely no resolution. Basically, this book goes nowhere. I was so frustrated with the ending. I felt like I read the entire book for very little payout. The end presents a whole new batch of unanswered questions along with all the remaining unresolved issues. I was expecting at least some resolution and I got nothing.
- It was apparent early on that Jackson was aware of Zeus' seemingly omniscient abilities, so why on earth would he send Ari in to murder him with a half baked plot? Then after that point, they focus on extensive plotting and planning. It just didn't seem to fit.
Hover was an unfulfilling sequel. I enjoyed Gravity, but this time around the drawn out murder plot and unresolved finale left me sorely disappointed. I felt this book served as a middle book, as there is very little movement with the storyline. I was hoping for much more. At this point, I am unsure as to whether or not I will continue this series. I really wanted to like this one, but I didn't and I can't say that I would recommend it unless you are one who is okay with a cliffhanger ending and little resolution.
"My heart swells as I stare at him, and I wonder if this is what it's like to actually fall for someone. It's slow and steady, not rushed by fear or the threat of losing everything you love."
"Greatness often mingles with insanity."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.