Move over Katniss Everdeen. There’s a new heroine in town and her name is Ari Alexander.
That’s right, Dystopian novel, Gravity by Melissa West is one of the next big dystopian books according to The Huffington Post.
Seventeen-year-old Ari broke the one rule in the future, the only rule that matters: Don’t. Ever. Peek. She just 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.
While dystopian novels have been around since the 1930s, their reemergence with The Hunger Games back in 2008, and the widely acclaimed movie by the same name in 2012, has made this genre uber-popular once again.
Some classic dystopian novels are A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess first published in 1962; 1984 by George Orwell published in 1949; and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury which was first published in 1950. All of them have since then become timeless novels students, teachers, and avid readers alike, read again and again in high school, university classes, and simply for fun. Dystopian novels often surface as a sign of troubled times, but also a sign of escape. Dystopian novels are back once again and stronger than ever. Melissa West’s novel, Gravity, is slowly making a big bang in the novel world. Will you be ready when Ari comes for you? Be warned. Just remember, Don’t. Ever. Peek.