Book Review: The Gravity Of Us - Phil Stamper

Book Review: The Gravity Of Us – Phil Stamper

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.

I requested this on NetGalley because I was SO excited about it. I’m lucky enough to have met Phil when we were both studying at Kingston University and we’ve stayed in touch a little. To see this all over the internet (mostly in the USA at this point) is amazing and there’s a reason there is such a buzz behind it.

Combining the idea of a new space project, young love and family tensions The Gravity of Us was an interesting concept. I’ll admit that I’ve never had that fascination with space like a lot of kids did. I think it’s cool and I’m down to read Sci-Fi and have a Star Wars marathon but it’s never been a big thing for me. The good thing is any worries I didn’t need to be!

This book is about astronauts and space missions but not in such a way that I felt like I was dumb or didn’t understand. In fact, after reading I really wanted to find out more about NASA and the work that they do.

I was really impressed by how social media is used within the book too, it’s really central to the plot and Cal as a person. While Cal is a kind of YouTuber type personality it was really refreshing to see this as a step to reach a bigger goal of being a journalist.

Also can we talk about the crushing and the romance? GUYS it put me in such a good mood and I loved the fact that the fact there were gay characters wasn’t used as a plot point at all. There was no shocking revelation that they were gay or big coming out moment. We need more of this in books.

I gave this book 4.5 stars, I really enjoyed the plot, the romance and Cal himself. This is clearly a book that has had a lot of heart put into it but also a great deal of research to back up the space element. This book deserves all of the hype it gets and of course I recommend it.

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and Phil for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

Avengers Infinity War (NO SPOILERS)

 

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There are very few movies I will go an see on the day of release, currently, only Star Wars and certain Marvel are regulars on my, need to watch as soon as I can, list. So I saw Avengers Infinity War on the day of release and it was AMAZING. Of course, this isn’t a spoiler post because I’m not a total Asshat.

This film, wow, what an emotional rollercoaster. I’m not going to try and list all of the characters in this movie but, honestly, I was a little nervous as to how this was going to work. I really wanted this to be good but what it too ambitious? In short, no. The writers of this movie need all of the awards, every single one. This was a masterpiece.

One of the things I love the most about Marvel is the humor injected throughout. I laughed so hard and the groups that the superheroes were put in to follow their stories. These egos put together and having to deal with this other superhero muscling in on their turf. The results were brilliant and so well put together.

By the end I had felt every emotion you could feel, I’d laughed, I’d cried, I’d gasped. These were characters I’d grown to love, I’m not a super fan of Marvel films, not the early ones but I still loved the majority of these characters so much. And I cried, I cried so much during but not in a silly way, the film wasn’t cheesy.

So, do I even need to tell you to go see this film? GO AND BOOK TICKETS NOW! The day after I was ready to see it again and, money permitting, I will. I’m already impatient for the next Avengers movie after the ending that completely shocked me. What are you waiting for? Go now!

Seen it already? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!