ARC Review: "The other Side Of Gravity" (The Oxygen Series Book 1) by Shelly Crane

The Other Side Of Gravity by Shelly Crane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.



At first glance "The other side of Gravity" may look like any other dystopian novel set in the future. But what makes it unique is not the genre but the setting and the worldbuilding.

Sophelia lost her mother when she was little. Because she couldn't pay the taxes on her mother's stand, the system made her a slave and sold her. Years later Sophelia manages to escape from her owner and that's when she meets Max. Max is a black market dealer who sees something in Sophelia and together they will travel across a futuristic city searching for a safe haven.

The scary part about this book was the pills everyone had to take. One to help them breathe in the outside atmosphere and one to be able to walk on the surface. There is not enough gravity and you must either have magnetic boots or you must take the pills.
There is no social care system and only the rich can enjoy the priviliges of their caste. You must even have a license if you want to have sex because apparently oxygen is very expensive (eye roll).

Sophelia and Max are two characters who despite their demons and circumstances are able to find something in each other and be there for one another. Max teaches Soph how to cares for herself and she on the other hand makes him feel more.

The tech and the secondary characters are great and the story is told in dual POV. Not to mention there is also a cliffhanger in the ending so be prepare to tear your hair out. I will patiently wait for the next book and it is recommended if you like a good sci-fi with doses of swoony scenes and humor! ;)

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.