Series: The Taking #1
Author: Melissa West
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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 honestly went into this book with no idea what was going to happen. The whole “Don’t. Ever. Peek.” thing sounded so damn creepy especially when paired with aliens that I was expecting an entirely different book than what I got.
In this world, aliens have come to co-exist with humans. But they aren’t supposed to look human or blend in. They use trees as portals from their dying planet and they come at night to their assigned human… well you’ll find out why when you read it. But the rule is that when they come, you don’t ever peek. And as time passed and she learns more, she realizes she has to choose between the path she was raised for – and her father – and the path she knows is right.
It gets intense.
While there are a few continuity issues and world building things I took issue with (that’s why it gets a 4 instead of a 5), I couldn’t put the book down. I read it very quickly and I can’t wait to read the next one. Ari’s character is one that I can identify with. She worked so hard to be someone her parents are proud of and to accomplish what she thought she was supposed to. She never dreamed it would one day be her parents that she would be standing against. But her integrity and determination made her a strong character that I fell in love with. Her romance with Jackson was one that I supported. While it did fit the standard formula for “instant teen love” that so often happens in these novels, Jackson was good for her. He balanced her; he was the yin to her yang. They needed one another.
I’m a sucker for romance. And dystopian has long been at the top of my favorite genre list. In this book, you have it all. It’s not a true dystopian novel – it has more of a scifi feel to it than anything, but I’m sure you know what I mean. Some books are so hard to classify these days. Either way, it was a great read. And I can’t wait to see where West takes us next.