Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Other Side Of Gravity By Shelly Crane|Review

The Other Side Of Gravity (Oxygen #1)
Published by Kiss Me Publications, LLC on March 15th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 262
Format: eGalley

My name is Maxton and I’m a trader. I live on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything else are sold to the highest bidder on the black market. People are sold on the black market, too. You have to work really hard not to become one of those people. Pay your taxes, keep your friends and family close, and more than anything else—don’t get caught by the Militia. But all the rules changed for me the day I found her. My name is Sophelia and I’m a stowaway. I’ve been a slave for almost as long as I can remember. Waiting for the one day, one second, for my proprietor to turn his head so I could run and never look back. Now I'm on the run. And on a planet where no one is on your side and people would turn you in for a good meal or a piece of a silver, being on the run on Landu is the last place you want to be. Until he found me. I won't survive without him. I can't breathe without her.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
The cover is beautiful! It alone deserves a star. 
I'm not really sure how I should begin this review. The story first begins with Maxton and Sophelia discussing their desperate and tense situation. Immediately, I got the impression that Sophelia's character will always take the blame, no matter if the conflict wasn't her fault, she'll find a way to pin it on herself. I understand having Sophelia slowly grow out of it and realize that she isn't the only person who makes mistakes; however, by the tenth time she offered to go her own way, I was rather annoyed. Plus, Maxton continuously hides the real reason for his helpfulness and kindness towards a girl he just met. Another love at first sight story to add to the overflowing collection.
Though there was lots of action in the beginning, I thought the middle fell a little bit flat. There were lots of long, drawn out, fluff paragraphs that described the world, character's thoughts, feelings, and moods. Shelly's writing and phenomenal; however, there were just too many pauses in the action. I felt like I was begin dragged through the second half of book. The world building was great! Crane's descriptions and details not only helped picture the world she had created but brought it all to life. The cliffhanger was a little cruel, but it just might be what the story needed to latch onto readers who aren't quite about the sequel.

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