Book Review: The Gravity of Us

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
Rating:  5 Stars
Series:  Standalone
Length: 314 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

The Gravity of Us has been one of my anticipated reads for the year. In fact, it has been one of my most anticipated books ever since I discovered Stamper on Twitter. I can’t remember the how, but when I saw the book was coming out, I kept an eye on it ever since. I am always excited to read new books, even sometimes when the wait can be a while. This time, the wait was definitely worth it.

I haven’t always been the biggest fan of outer space. I can’t recall past missions, all the constellations, and little tidbits of knowledge Cal’s own father could recall in any second. I only know the very basic, beginner’s knowledge of space. There is a whole ton of space and NASA information put into the book which shows that a lot of research has been done to be put into the story. Stamper has definitely done a good job including all of it in a nice, natural way where it does not make it boring, but rather exciting. Look, space is cool, alright?

I really enjoyed all of the characters’ development throughout the story, even all the support each character has recieved from each other when dealing with anxiety, depression, or going through tragedies. The Gravity of Us has a community where everyone has each other’s back, no matter what. There were a few questionable moments from some characters, but for the majority of the story, support played an important role.

The only thought I had during the book was the Cal’s and Leon’s relationship felt almost like insta-love. The only reason I say almost is because both Cal and Leon knew of each other before they even met. They haven’t really knew the real them before they met, but just what they know based on the reality show and social media. However, the instant attraction between them was easily seen immediately. I just didn’t mind because it took real development between them to be where they were at the end of the story. The relationship took its time in a way.

I was so excited to read the novel when it came out and I think it is definitely worth the read. Stamper is an author worth following. If you liked any of Adam Silvera’s books, I guarantee that you will like this book as well. Now, only if they could write a book together…

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