Monday, 9 September 2013

Hover (The Taking #2) by Melissa West

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and Netgalley.)
Hover (The Taking, #2)Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 Zeus will do anything to save the Ancients from their dying planet, and he has 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 wage 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.

Hover by Melissa West

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Hover (The Taking, #2)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘The Taking’ series, and kicks off 3 weeks after the end of book 1 ‘Gravity’.
**Warning - some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Gravity’.**
Ari is slowly healing on the planet Loge after the neurotoxin that nearly killed her on Earth; she’s worried though, because in the past 3 weeks she’s yet to see another human.

Jackson tries to reassure her, but things go from bad to worse when it seems that the people of Earth will never agree to co-habit with Zeus in charge, and Zeus just wants to eradicate the humans full stop.
What has happened to the other humans who made it to Loge? What is Jackson hiding from Ari? And can Ari find a way to get rid of Zeus, before it’s too late?

This was a great sequel, and although there wasn’t quite as much action as the first book, the tension made up for it.

Ari continued to fight for what was right in this instalment, even when she felt like she was the only one fighting a losing battle. I totally got why Zeus scared her so much, and why she was mad at Jackson, but I really wished that she could have found it in herself to forgive him.

I liked the storyline in this book, there wasn’t as much action as there was in the first, but the underlying tension was well-built. I liked that the imminent threats were different, and I liked how the story progressed. I also liked the romance between Ari and Jackson, even when she was making a stand against him.
There were several small twists in the book that I didn’t see coming, and I liked the anticipation of what would happen next, especially with the poor communication between Earth and Loge.

The ending to this was okay, but the cliff-hanger was so annoying! I really want to read the next book now!
Overall; great second instalment in this sci-fi dystopian series.
9 out of 10


  1. The tension sounds really well done and glad to hear it was a good follow up

  2. Even with not as much action, you make this sound great.