Note: This audiobook was given to us by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper, is an eye-opening novel showing us the ins and outs of what it would be like to be a family member of someone who is chosen for a mission to Mars.
Cal, an internet famous teen from Brooklyn, has his whole world flipped upside down in a matter of minutes. He finds out his dad is chosen for NASA’s first ever mission to Mars. Cal has to leave his giant media following on an app called FlashFame, and move to the humid land of Houston, Texas.
The family is thrust into the spotlight, with a television crew for a show called StarWatch, recording everything they do. Being a child of a soon to be astronaut is hard. Add in the media, a neighborhood filled with all the astronauts and their families, and a cute son of one of the other astronauts, love and drama soon pursue.
Cal is honestly one of the best main characters I’ve seen in a while. He had layers, and always wanted to produce the truth. I think seeing a character who wasn’t biased for once was something that was truly refreshing. I loved that he had the journalist spirit, but was still true to the story. His kind-hearted spirit really made me want to see how his future panned out.
Cal’s relationship with his family and friends felt very real. It wasn’t just another “everything’s fine” kind of thing, but it was three dimensional. Cal’s romantic relationship on the other hand was a bit of a different story. I was so excited to see their relationship because of their circumstances. But sadly, I was a bit disappointed. The insta-love came in and it blew like a tornado. I was truly disappointed as I wanted the slow burn. Other than that, I thought they were an adorable match, but I wish I could’ve seen more of it.
I absolutely loved the setting of this story. How cool is a soap opera style NASA neighborhood? I thought it was pretty awesome and made me just want to be apart of the fun. Honestly, any setting at NASA is bound to be a great story, and this story definitely delivered. It really made me feel as if I was in the middle of a great new leap in history. Add in the social media aspect, it felt as if this could really happen if a Mars mission was in the works.
Overall, Phil Stamper delivered on this one. Anything in the NASA world is going to be great, but he made it excellent. I loved the quick pace feel of this contemporary story, but I really wanted this book to be longer because I’m totally obsessed to see where this mission was going next. Now I really want to go walk around NASA. So, go pick up this book, and enjoy the atmosphere of adventure and soak up all the drama that ensues.