The Traits of a Hero & Heroine: Melissa West’s character profiles from Gravity


If you #NeedMoreSciFi this fall, Entangled TEEN has got you covered!

As part of the ongoing Entangled TEEN Sci-Fi Sale, we wanted to remind you that Gravity is only FREE until Sunday, November 29th and to make that possible, we’re so excited that Melissa West, the author of The Taking series agreed to stop by to share a blog post with Entangled TEEN’s readers about the character sketches for Jackson and Ari.

The Traits of a Hero and Heroine: Jackson Locke and Ari Alexander from Gravity

Name: Jackson Locke

Age: 18

Hometown: Triad

Current Residence: Wouldn’t you like to know?

Occupation: Republic Employed Spy (RES)

Income: Is that a joke?

Talents/Skills: Any gun, any time

Relationship skills: This is getting too personal


Physical Characteristics

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 190 lbs

Race: half human / half Ancient

Eye Color: Blue-green

Hair Color: Blonde

Skin color: Golden

Distinguishing features: Chin-length dirty blonde hair

How does he/she dress?: When not in uniform, jeans and solid T-shirt

Mannerisms: Confident, but not cocky. Always on guard

Habits: Obsessing over Ari

Greatest flaw: Loyalty

Best quality: Loyalty


Name: Ari Alexander

Age: 17

Hometown: Sydia

Current Residence: The Underground, Sydia

Occupation: Operative Trainee

Income: None

Talents/Skills: Combat, weaponry, strategizing

Relationship skills: Heart wide open, always, and to anyone she meets.


Physical Characteristics

Height: 5’7″

Weight: 120 lbs

Race: half human / half Ancient

Eye Color: Blue-green

Hair Color: Black

Skin color: Golden

Distinguishing features: Large eyes, long black hair

How does he/she dress?: When not in uniform, whatever she can find. She isn’t a girlie girl at all

Mannerisms: Cracks knuckles when in deep thought or nervous

Habits: Getting herself into trouble

Greatest flaw: Caring too much

Best quality: Caring too much

Check out this excerpt from Gravity to get a taste for why this series is so popular:


I don’t want to do this. Please don’t make me do this. And then the smooth cloth slides over my eyes, blinding me. I relax for only a moment, then the patch suctions around my eyes as though laced into the bone, and I feel it against my temple, pressing, digging in. I want to pull away. I scream out for Mom to help me and hear her say over and over that it’s okay, everything’s okay.

Gravity by Melissa West


About Gravity:

In the future, only one rule will matter:

Don’t. Ever. Peek.

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

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