“Fighting Gravity” by Leah Petersen is an emotional story of Jacob Dawes, genius, physicist, non-classed citizen, and a man in love. The beginning of “Fighting Gravity” left me with a feeling I had heard the story before either in “The Hunger Games” or in “Harry Potter.” But, Ms. Petersen quickly leads the reader out of potential familiar territory into a brand new universe filled with interplanetary politics, unique characters, and wondrous technology.
The dialogue is beautifully written and leads the reader through the story. This, coupled with Ms. Petersen’s descriptions, bring the characters and the Empire the characters inhabit to life. Jacob Dawes, the main character, tells his story from early childhood and his experiences and relationships to adulthood in the Empire. Even though the story is heavy in science fiction, this does not overshadow the characters’ story in anyway. The science fiction is merely a backdrop for a wonderful story that becomes a wonderful love story.
As I read, I found I had to put the book down at one point; not because of any lack of substance in the story, but because the actions of Jacob Dawes evoked strong emotions in me. I strongly disagreed with the choices the main character continued to make, but Ms. Petersen neatly ties those choices together and presents them to the reader with a nice bow on top.
At the end of the book, I had remarked that I did not like the end of the book. But, I had to recant that statement. I liked how the story ended – I wanted more. I wanted more of not only the main character’s story, I wanted to know more of the supporting characters; I wanted more of the villains’ stories. Ms. Petersen introduced me to a new universe and left me wanting more. In my opinion, that is a good thing. “Fighting Gravity” gets 4 stars from me for the story, and 1 more for making me want more.