(The Taking, #2)
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen; 250 pages
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.
I love these covers, I have to admit it. They're simple but they're so amazing. Sometimes less is more; simple is more stunning than flashy. These covers are absolutely perfect for this series.
That being said, I have to say that after finishing the first book, Gravity, I wasn't exactly liking Jackson. He was just eh for me; there wasn't anything special about him or at least I didn't see it. However, after having read Hover I now can say that I get it. I get Jackson and I'm so on board. He was amazing and perfect throughout this entire book. His life is complicated and we didn't realize just how much until we went back to home planet and saw his struggles. He's a really complex character but there's one thing that is so simple it should've never been this difficult for Ari. He loves her with his whole being. There's nothing more he wants than her; if that doesn't make you at least swoon a little than I don't know what to tell you.
Ari is dealing the best she can from being away from Earth and being away from everyone she loves. She's dealing with so many changes, especially within herself and also trying to swallow the fact of what is expected of her from both races. I can't tell you what that is because it would ruin the book and you don't want that, trust me. You want to read it and find out everything along the way. I've always loved this character because she was always strong, brave and confident which is something you usually see most heroine's grow in to but she's always had it being the daughter of the commander. It's embedded in her and it's fascinating to see a character like Ari still grow but in a much different way.
After Gravity I was all for Lawrence, her best friend and the boy she was set up to eventually marry. I loved him, like I usually love the best friend guys/underdogs because something about these types of characters scream JESSICA, LOVE ME and I listen . . . however, most cases I never stop loving them. Not the case with Lawrence. He may redeem himself in the final book but I don't know if he can. He's broken my heart and you know what? Jackson has come to the rescue and instead of disappointing me, he's opened my eyes to how wonderful he is.
Zeus is the devil. I'm convinced of it. He's like the alien equivalent of the devil and he needs to be sent straight to hell. For those of you wondering who Zeus is, first, go read Gravity - but I'll help you out, he's the equivalent of a President. He rules and it's not in the fair sense. He needs to die and he needs to die like yesterday.
This book was so much better than Gravity (though, granted I need to go back and read the final version of Gravity as I was told there were at least two major changes made so maybe this isn't fair of me) and it's got me all like grabby hands for the next book. The ending makes my heart break all over again, in more than one way and like most second books, it's built us all up for one hell of an epic third book. Prepare for an epic amount of emotions.
Also. Vill, I love you. I think you may be my future fictional husband. You are awesome, loyal and fascinating. Vill, for those wondering, is Jackson's roommate, friend and so much more.
Thank you so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also, come back here on Friday, August 16th for part of the HOVER blog tour where we'll have Melissa on our blog with an interview!