Fighting Gravity

Rated 4.80/5 based on 5 reviews
An Aresian executioner, Phoebus escapes the Aresian Guard by flying his spaceship through a wormhole.

The only single woman of marrying age, Marissa flees town instead of becoming a third wife.

Phoebus and Marissa must battle against their peoples in a quest for freedom. In the end, an Earthling and an Aresian will find it easier to fight gravity than their love for each other. More

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Words: 15,130
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476074726
About Cherie Reich

Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. When she isn't writing stories, this self-proclaimed bookworm is reading. Several of her short stories were featured in various anthologies and magazines. Her books include the horror collection Nightmare, the space fantasy collection Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. She is the Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.

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Review by: Carolyn Brown on April 06, 2013 :
Cherie Reich has put together another great sci-fi adventure in 'Fighting Gravity', the second book in her series, Gravity, with the tale of Phoebus and Marissa, as they fight for survival. First the two band together to escape the clutches of a group of vigilantly Earthlings, only to find they have to battle an Aresian battalion, sent by Phoebus's mother to extract his father's Daimon, a Symbian paired with Phoebus which also battles for control.

Marissa takes a chance to save a lone survivor of a space crash and finds the world she once knew is a turmoil of lost souls. She and Phoebus find love as they work together to survive on the surface of a ravaged Earth, fighting for their lives against many foes.

This sci-fi fantasy brings an interesting mix of love, friendship, trust and betrayal in a futuristic setting on Earth, where the two lost beings find one another and are brought together in a tale of their survival.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Arlee Bird on Sep. 09, 2012 :
I'll have to say I enjoyed this story thoroughly. It's a fast paced short read and it held my attention right up until the end.

"Fighting Gravity" is the story of an alien who crash lands on a dystopian Earth and his encounters with Earthlings who are friendly and not so. His path crosses that of a young female who is escaping from her hometown to avoid an arranged marriage. They become allies in their escape from their pursuers.

The prose is smooth and well-executed. The pacing allows only for minimal character development but I got enough to keep me involved in the story. The action is non-stop making the pages fly by.

This is a good read for those who enjoy science fiction action and will probably even be acceptable to the less sci-fi oriented crowd. It's speed reading even for slow readers like me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cher Green on April 27, 2012 :
Intriguing, fast-paced, sci-fi fantasy with a dash of romance

Tormented by his daimon, and the task of executioner, Phoebus, a young Aresian, flees his planet, escapes through a wormhole, and crashes into Earth. A group of boys take him captive.

Marissa, eager to escape an arranged marriage, leaves her family in search of a better life. She witnesses Phoebus crash and is captured by the same group of boys.

Together, the two escape their captors, but become prey to the Aresians, searching for Phoebus.

Cherie Reich creates a futuristic world and throws these two characters together up against the odds of survival. The journey this story takes you on is full of secrets, discoveries, and reflections from both characters. It pulls you in and supplies you with a unique ride from beginning to satisfying end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Christine Rains on April 25, 2012 :
Phoebus is tormented by his daimon and forced to execute his fellow Aresians. He attempts to escape through a wormhole, but ends up being captured on a primitive planet called Earth. Marissa hopes to find a new life for herself, but the world outside her tiny community isn't what she expected it to be. Her old friends turned scavengers have nefarious plans for her. Her only chance for help is to free Phoebus and flee with him. They're hunted and must learn to trust one another, finding more than just trust along the way.

This is the second novella in Cherie Reich's Gravity series. She has outdid herself with this dark and action packed science-fiction fantasy romance. She starts you off right in the middle of the action, and I was on the edge of my seat through the whole thing. The image Cherie paints of an Earth hit by an asteroid is harsh and dismal, but not without hope. Marissa has the light of hope in her heart. She's sweet and compassionate, and though she's rightfully afraid, she has the courage to do what's necessary when the time comes. Phoebus is from a cold and war-hungry people who make themselves into something more by infusing themselves with daimons. It's fascinating and terrifying at the same time. The Aresians are a complex culture and the daimons a mystery. This aspect really intrigued me because I didn't know what Phoebus' daimon would do next.

This story is light on the romance, so I believe sci-fi and dark fantasy fans will love it. There's fighting, betrayal, and unexpected twists. Cherie's writing is sharp and her imagery vivid. She makes the story come alive before your eyes. Fighting Gravity captivated me from beginning to end. Even if you haven't read the first book in the series, Defying Gravity, you can still thoroughly enjoy this one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Aubrie Dionne on April 25, 2012 :
A roller coaster ride with a sweet interstellar romance at its core…

Phoebus is a young Aresian escaping from his home planet to avoid executing fellow Aresians as part of his job. He has a Daimon inside him, a very special spirit guide that only occurs once a century. He doesn’t want it, but it has chosen him for reasons he can’t explain. He crashes on a post-apocalyptic Earth, and is taken prisoner by a band of young men who’ve lost their purpose in life.

Marissa is bound to be married to a village elder as his third wife. All the eligible bachelors in town left for a better life. She escapes in the middle of the night, journeying to St. Louis in hopes of a better life. Filled with guilt and despair, she stumbles upon a crashed space ship.

But, the village men have come back. They couldn’t find anything better in St. Louis, and now all they want to do is steal and have some fun. They capture Marissa and tie her up as they decide what to do with her. But, there’s another prisoner down in the cellar, a young Aresian that will change Marissa’s life.

Fighting Gravity is a story about two lost souls escaping oppression and trying to find a better life. They realize their “better life” can be found in one another. But, will they survive to enjoy their future together? Reich takes the reader on a thrill ride of an adventure. Not only does Phoebus and Marissa find each other, but they also discover a lot about themselves. There’s a great deal of soul searching, and I love how the characters develop and grow together in such a short time. The backstories that unfold throughout the tale are so intricate and well thought out, I loved finding out more about each character. The different culture on Aresian was so intriguing, it left me hoping Reich writes an entire book about Aresia.

I recommend this book to all futuristic fantasy and romance fans.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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