The Other Side of Gravity is about Maxton, a trader, and Sophelia, a slave. He lives on a soulless planet where gravity, oxygen, and everything in between is sold to the highest bidder on the black market, people included. In order to not become one of those people you have to work hard, pay your taxes, keep your family and friends close, and don't get caught by the Militia. However, everything changes when Sophelia is on the run and Maxton finds her.
She won't survive without him.
He can't breath without her.
The cover was the first thing that drew me towards this novel but the synopsis was what sealed the deal for me. I was excited to review this novel and could not wait to begin reading. It seemed like an absolute amazing novel. However, that being said I felt that the novel let me down in multiple ways.
I am already not a fan of multiple POV's, only a few novels (less then 10 so far) have actually succeeded in making me enjoy reading two or more POV's, and when I found out that The Other Side Of Gravity was dual POV I was like "Give it a chance it might actually be good"...no, it was not. It seemed like I was reading the exact same thing in one POV as I was in the other.
It seemed like the serious topics that could have been amazing to read about and ultimately how the characters develop because of these situations (i.e. slavery, poverty, black market, etc.) but I felt as if they were glossed over to mainly focus on the romance. Seriously.
I can not even begin to describe how much of a let down it was to read the romance in this novel. It was already a disappointment to me that this sci-fi novel didn't contain enough action. I wanted more action and adventure throughout the novel.
As for the romance, I felt that the characters - Maxton and Sophelia - had an instant attraction that neither felt real nor believable. Another issue I had with the romance was that they seemed to...perfect. The kid of "flaws" that Maxton and Sophelia had were not even real flaws!
Overall, this was definitely not my cup of tea.
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Copy of The Other Side of Gravity was kindly provided by publisher, Kiss Me Publication, LLC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
About The Author:
Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants, site-see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music, and, of course, loves to read, but doesn’t have much time to these days with all the characters filling her head begging to come out.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.