Title: Fighting Gravity
Author: Leah Petersen
Summary: When Jacob Dawes is selected for the Imperial Intellectual Complex as a child, he’s catapulted from the poverty-stricken slums of his birth into a world where his status as an unclass is something no one can forget, or forgive. His growing scientific renown draws the attention of the emperor, a young man Jacob’s own age, and they find themselves drawn to each other in an unlikely and ill-advised relationship. Jacob may have won the emperor’s heart, but it’s no protection when he’s accused of treason. And fighting his own execution would mean betraying the man he loves.
My Rating: 7.25/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: Overall I enjoyed this book, well written, fairly good characters, but I would have preferred less focus on the romantic relationships between the characters and more of a focus on the worlds around them.
I enjoyed the story, and while I appreciated it as a story that was very heavy on characterization, their development and romantic development, I was itching to read more about the world around them. Many of the glimpses of the political and cultural developments, as well as class structures the worlds had fascinated me. There was also a bit o a dystopian feel to book at times, so I would have loved to have seen more focus on that, with the relationship as a secondary focus.
The characters were well written and well developed. Jacon in particular develops quite a bit from the start to the finish of the book. The relationship between Jacob and the Emperor was well done, but I felt it progressed to fast. To me it seemed to be more of a lust than a love in how it first started developing, yet they were portrayed as being madly in love. Considering some of the Emperors actions and attitudes towards Jacob at times I didn't get the feel he truly loved him, the attraction felt more like physical/intellectual one. But overall, their relationship was well written, and the ending of the book was set up so there could be a sequel. It should be interesting to see how that plays out and how it affects their relationship. I'm not a huge fan of books where it has a heavy focus on the romance between the characters, which is why I think I can pick at so many holes in the relationship, but it was still a good story in the end. The ending was very well done, and I look forward to seeing what will happen if there is a sequel.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, especially to fans of Science Fiction. This would also be a good choice if you are interested in Sci-Fi, but don't want it to be a heavy book on Science Fiction terminology, themes etc as it is a very character driven book. It's also a very good choice for readers of GLBT fiction.
What to read next: By how the book ended, there looks like there may be a sequel, so that would be a good start.