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This individual ebook is no longer available. It will be in the second edition of Fall of Gravity: A Collection forthcoming 2015.A Futuristic Space Fantasy NoveletteHomesick upon the SS Perseid, Linia, a young linguist, thinks she signed up for a mission of peace, but her crew members have another plan: attack the planet Medusa.Bored with his dying planet, Alezandros, a spThis individual ebook is no longer available. It will be in the second edition of Fall of Gravity: A Collection forthcoming 2015.A Futuristic Space Fantasy NoveletteHomesick upon the SS Perseid, Linia, a young linguist, thinks she signed up for a mission of peace, but her crew members have another plan: attack the planet Medusa.Bored with his dying planet, Alezandros, a space cruiser pilot, joins the Medusan Army in his quest for adventure.When the SS Perseid clashes with the Medusans’ space cruisers, Alezandros and Linia’s lives intertwine. Sucked through a wormhole, they crash upon a post-apocalyptic Earth and are captured by cannibals. In adjacent cells, Alezandros and Linia cast their differences aside for a common bond: escape. But when romantic feelings emerge between them, they might do the unthinkable because for a Medusan and a Persean to fall in love, it would defy gravity....

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  • Christine Rains
    2019-03-22 03:56

    Defying Gravity by Cherie Reich is a rare gem in the vast sci-fi universe. It nabbed me from the beginning with two fascinating characters starting great adventures themselves. Linia is a sweet young alien with a high intelligence yet little experience outside of her lovely and safe home world of Persea. Alezandros comes from a hard life on Medusa and seeks something better for himself and his family. Linia and Alezandros are suddenly thrown together when their peoples battle and a wormhole swallows them, causing them to crash into a post-apocalyptic earth. Captured by humans, they must work together to escape, and only by reading the story will you get to find out the explosive conclusion!Reich writes compelling characters, drawing me in further with their vivid emotions and internal conflicts. Linia and Alezandros are rich in differences, but when their romance starts to bloom, I felt that they might be able to conquer anything. The story has wonderful details of other worlds: one full of color and life, and one dreary and dying. I was kept on the edge of my seat with the intense battles and each little twist thrown my way. This story has a little something for everyone: thrilling space adventure for sci-fi fans, a horrific post-apocalyptic earth for fantasy fans, and an against-all-odds love story for romance fans. Not only would I recommend Defying Gravity to everyone, but it's one of those awesome stories I will re-read again and again.

  • Aubrie Dionne
    2019-04-07 05:04

    Linea is about to take the adventure of her life. As the linguist on the SS Perseid, she puts years of learning and hard work to the test to greet intelligent life in the galaxy. Unfortunately, the young man she’s trying to avoid is also on the team. Griffon is handsome and arrogant, and teases her from the moment she steps foot on the ship. Besides the expected bout of homesickness, everything on the mission is going as planned. Until, Linea overhears a secret conversation in which her superior is keeping information concerning the mission from her. The diplomatic mission has war-like undertones, and soon, Linea finds herself face to face with the enemy, a Medusan. After an unsuccessful exchange on the intercoms, their ship is attacked. Linea plunges to a post-apocalyptic Earth, where humans want to eat her for dinner rather than exchange pleasant greetings. Only through the help of a Medusan can she win her freedom. But, her heart will never be the same.The tension is high and the action never lets down. Each character is endearing to the point where I want to reach in and save them myself! I was scared for Linea throughout her harrowing experience on Earth. She is such a sweet character and easy to relate to. Her nemesis, Aleszandro, is noble, adventurous, and kind hearted. Together they stir up a Romeo and Juliet like love amongst the stars. Defying Gravity has everything you want in a space opera: aliens, romance, insurmountable odds, beautiful landscapes, dying worlds, space ship crashes, adventure…everything! I recommend this for anyone looking for thrilling adventure.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-18 07:15

    MY REVIEWI would classify this novelette as Sci-Fi. The "people" in this novelette are all different species. Linia is a linguist, she is of the Persean race who has been given her first mission which she thinks is one of peaceful exploration but is she being lied to? There is a crew of ten including Linia on her spaceship.Alezandros has recently joined the army of his planet. His race is called Medusan's. He is sent to protect Medusan from any attack from the Persean's.The story see's the Persean linguist Linia and the Medusan army man Alezandros having to join forces when their ships crash and they are taken hostage but mutually hostile forces.So Linia and Alezandros become closer but, can their relationship survive as Alezandros will not be welcome on Persea and Linia will not be welcome on the Medusan Planet. And even if they solve that problem can they even escape the hostile old earth people that have captured them?This is quite a short action packed sci-fi novelette. It has inter racial squabbles, betrayal within the races and also has a potential romance. It is quite descriptive but also complex too. I did enjoy reading this and would like to read on through the series to find out what happens to Linia and Alezandros as well as their respective races.So did I enjoy it? Yes, Would I read more? Yes Would I recommend? Yes,stressing the point that this is a novelette not a full length book.Available from, and £0.77 ( A Novellette is longer than a Short Story but not as long as a Novella )

  • Michael Offutt
    2019-04-06 07:04

    Toss out Close Encounters of the Third Kind.This is close Encounters of the Best Kind.First off, what an incredible book. Cherie weaves an allegorical tale of romance, borrowing some from Shakespeare and also from Greek mythology. Her heroes come from opposite worlds, yet when they find each other, it becomes clear that only together, can they rise above the challenges given to them and escape an apocalyptic earth.I'm a sucker for good sci-fi romance and this has it all in a very tame way. I would recommend this book to people who might have liked Stephenie Meyer's "The Host" although this one doesn't have a love triangle. Personally, I'm getting kind of sick of the love triangle, so I'm all for that.Perhaps Ms. Reich's most impressive feat is the forging of her alien races. She describes them wonderfully (down to the antennae) yet avoids making them so foreign that a reader cannot relate. Additionally, alien powers are not there just for show, but have been carefully thought about in order to contribute to the climax of the novel. It is a wonderful thing when a storyteller can bring all the scenes together to weave a tale that is both exciting and contemplative. There is electricity in this novel in more ways than one.

  • Sheila
    2019-04-11 07:58

    Author Cherie Reich has a knack for creating alien species with just a few quick images gently inserted into an exciting tale. Defying Gravity takes a young Persean linguist, Linia, on a mission into space where she meets the Medusan Alezandros. But Medusa and Perseus fought a war long years ago and Linia’s dreams of communication ensuring peace seem rapidly doomed.The aftermath of hopeless battle sees both characters flung through a wormhole onto a post-apocalyptic earth. Trapped in separate prison cells, Linia and Alezandros plot a way to escape and find communication between individuals much less fraught than between species. But can a Medusan and a Persean fall in love?The Greek background to the names is no coincidence and the author is clearly planning more Greek-inspired novellas in this series. But the stories are independent and Linia and Alezandros’ tale has a nice Romeo and Juliet feel with just the right hints of mystery—what happened to earth? What’s the connection between the aliens and mythology? And will there be peace?Disclosure: I was lucky enough to find a free ecopy of this novella.

  • Rachel Morgan
    2019-04-15 12:18

    Things to enjoy in this story:- The alternating points of view: It adds another dimension to a story when you can see it from more than one perspective. And I always enjoy it when I'm allowed to know what the characters think of each other! The author switches from one POV to the other at just the right time, building tension and keeping readers' interest.- The world-building: It makes sense that on another planet they wouldn't use the same language and words we do. Planet-specific words add to the believability of this story. I like "pairing up" for dating and (my fave) "pegasifly" for some kind of insect :-)- The characters: Linia is sweet and Alezandros is kind-hearted and understanding. If the situation were slightly different they could have hated each other, but with a prison wall separating them and only a tiny hole to speak through, they get to know each other for who they really are.- The cool powers! I won't say what they are (duh, spoilers), but they're not your average mind reading/super strength/super speed etc. They're cooler than that!

  • Rachelle Ayala
    2019-04-21 08:05

    Delightful read! Defying Gravity is a fast-paced and exciting read with a sweet bit of romance thrown in. Linia and Alezandros are on a collision course, their planets sworn enemies. When Linia is roped into a war she did not expect, and Alezandros is sucked into a wormhole, they meet in dire circumstances with only stereotypes and cultural misunderstanding to guide them.The scene where Linia and Alezandros cannot see each other, but can only converse through a hole in the wall was sweet and touching. Even though their planets were at war and enemies, they draw together to survive and dare to fall in love.This book is not just a sci-fi thriller, but also examines societal issues, defies your assumptions, and enchants you with the hope of love overcoming all obstacles. Even though the book was short, I was drawn into it and got to know the characters well, their inner desires and yearnings, and the way they approached challenges and hardship.Read it. I guarantee an enjoyable experience.

  • Clarissa Draper
    2019-04-11 09:58

    I have one complaint: I wish the book was longer. This short story could have been a novel. We meet so many characters and there is a situation that I wish I knew more about, I wish I had known the thoughts of the other characters. However, now that it's left to my imagination, the story can turn out the way I want it to. The characters, Linia, a linguist, and Alezandros, a pilot are wonderful. There is backstory (but not too much because it's a short story) that makes us feel the loss they suffer. We want them to return home but we also want them not to. When they are captured by Earth creatures, I could feel the close relationship the two formed. I could feel her struggle when it came to saving her planet's enemy but also the friendship and love that overcame the prejudice. Can't wait to read the other two in the series.

  • Callie Leuck
    2019-04-09 09:53

    Defying Gravity does not read like a story I've read three billion times before, which is pretty unusual. Reich has created at least two alien races with cultural history, war backgrounds, drama, romance, and I was pretty darn disappointed when it ended. I would probably not recommend this to friends who are hardcore old-school Science Fiction aficionados. However, I will (and have) happily recommended it to people interested in reading something new, interesting, and quick. I could easily see myself recommending Defying Gravity as an introduction to SF for people who don't think they like the genre.Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I am looking forward to the release of the next two in this series.

  • C.p. Bialois
    2019-04-19 09:01

    In a blend of science fiction and romance, Cherie Reich‘s Defying Gravity begins with two opposing worlds coming together in a small space battle. The Persians and Medusans are historical enemies with the latter’s planet dying after being bombarded with meteors. Following the battle, the opposing ships are pulled though a wormhole into a futuristic Earth where the survivors must find a way to live and love one another in the time they have left.An entertaining and fast read, the author begins a series that will take us on a journey following a pair of star crossed forbidden lovers as they explore the universe to find what’s waiting for them.

  • Rusty
    2019-04-10 10:04

    Loved it. Author Cherie Reich wrote a very satisfying tale about two people, worlds apart (literally) that have to overcome impossible odds to survive. The read is pretty short. I wish I'd paid attention to how long it took me to read it. I think an hour, not sure. But it tells a complete story. Beginning, middle, end. It's hard to do in something that short, but she pulled it off nicely. I am not a very big fan of romance, I was very thankful that it was still very guy-friendly. It compares quite favorably in tone to the other spec fic romance book I read last year, Soulless. Well worth a read.

  • M.J. Fifield
    2019-04-07 04:17

    I’m not really a sci-fi fan. If it takes place on a spaceship, chances are my eyes are going to glaze over. I love Firefly and Battlestar Galactica but that’s really about it. So the fact that the two main characters in story are…well, not human gave me pause. But despite my personal views on the genre (I'm always striving to broaden my horizons), it’s an interesting read. Especially when the main characters both crash land in a post apocalyptic-esque New York City. Curious if there will be more stories with these two characters.

  • Charity Bradford
    2019-04-03 09:19

    My only comment is I didn't know this was a short story before reading it. This could easily be expanded into a full length novel. There were lots of places where I wanted more background, more character building, world building, etc. I liked the space twist on the Romeo and Juliette theme, but I had so many unanswered questions at the end that I was left with a "What?" kind of feeling. Give me more, I know it's in you! ;)

  • Angie
    2019-03-26 12:18

    It's been so long since I've read a short story this was a fun change. I love the world building and all the interesting races that populate this story. Lina and Alezandros unlikely relationship was fun to watch unfold. It reminded me of Romeo and Juliet in space, but with a much more satisfying ending :)

  • Summer Lane
    2019-04-12 07:56

    Linia is leaving her home planet of Persea to serve as a linguist on a diplomatic mission to a planet called Medusa. Everything goes fine until she realizes that there's really nothing to do on the ship and she might die of boredom before her skills are even needed. Alezandros, on the other hand, has just joined the military of Medusa and is ordered to take out the ship that Linia is on. Of course, nothing goes as planned and both he and Linia somehow end up taken prisoner together by furry little cannibals who like to eat people for brunch. How will they escape? Defying Gravity is a very short book. I would call it a novelette, actually, and I personally love the fact that authors are taking advantage of Kindle and putting out stories that are entertaining but quick and easy to read. This book was definitely easy to read, but the reason I gave it only 2 stars is because most of it seemed very unbelievable. Remember this: when you're writing fantasy or science fiction, it must be EVEN MORE realistic than non-fiction. I felt like things weren't very believable. In addition, there were a few corny alien moments that didn't really click with me. Example: Linia had antennae. (so does she look like a human or a bug...? It creeped me out). Also, Alezandros had a forked tongue. He's supposed to be hot, I get it, but a forked tongue? Really? There were several other things that I didn't warm up to, as well, but I'm not going to point them out. I LOVE the fact, however, that novelettes and Indie authors are making their way into the publishing world.

  • Arlee Bird
    2019-04-16 10:00

    Now this is my kind of book, with short chapters usually not much more than a page long. This was such a breeze to read. This story flies by which is just the thing for a slowest-reader-in-the-world sort of guy like I am.I'll have to be honest and say I haven't read much space sci-fi since I was a kid so I don't have much to compare this with, but it seemed like pretty classic stuff like I remember. It's almost comic book style story-telling which makes for a fun light read.The story is a love story jam-packed with action and I'm talking non-stop. Not much time for character development here. This is wham bam get to the point space excitement that picks you up for a speed of light ride and drops you off with a satisfied feeling of having been told a good tale. I could have stood a more fleshed out story, but I had a rootin' tootin' good time with this.

  • Graeme Ing
    2019-03-29 04:56

    A fast and short read that begins with two alien species in a space combat, but this isn't a book about war, or spaceships or other space opera stuff. Reich uses this as a backdrop for the real story: What if a young person from each of the warring races became imprisoned together and fell in love. Paralleling similar cultural taboos throughout history, this book takes it to the next level. And a nod to mythology too. Their blossoming relationship is extremely well written, with lots of tension, what-if's, and can it really work? Reich moves the story forward using alternate point of views, so the reader gets to see how each interprets the others actions and words - or misinterprets. This mechanism makes it a great story as the reader begins to understand each perspective. I really found myself rooting for them. Good emotion. Good drama. Great value. Read it.

  • Larry Kollar
    2019-04-01 04:16

    Defying Gravity is a YA, soft-SF novella. Or maybe it's a romance in an SF wrapper. I can't say too much more about the story than the synopsis does, without giving away too many details. ;-) The story is extremely character-driven, which I mostly like, but I'd have also liked a few more details here and there.But no matter. The story itself was a fun (if brief) read, and there were a couple of places where I laughed out loud. The initial chapters do a very good job of introducing the two main characters, their motivations and background — so when the two are thrown together, the story flows pretty naturally. The author did a good job of avoiding the "oh come ON" moments that can infest soft-SF, and there were only one or two handwaves.If hard sci-fi is your thing, you'll want to pass on this one. Most other people should enjoy it though.

  • C.M. Brown
    2019-03-22 04:07

    I found myself caught up in this si-fi adventure, which turns into a sweet love story and when it ended I wanted more! Cherie crosses two species set for war against each other into a fight for survival when they are forced to crash their respective space crafts. The lives of two survivors from the battle, are threatened by carnivores of a once thriving, all too familiar planet.The couple in this story live through some tense moments while they are imprisoned. They make their escape as soon as an opportunity arises and race across the galaxy intending to return home. When they realize they have fallen in love tough decisions need to be made before they can return to their home planets.A sweet captivating tale, full of suspense and set in a futuristic time in space!

  • Kyra
    2019-04-06 04:00

    I gotta be honest. The words "space" or "spaceship" usually make me put a book back on the shelf. Nothing against the genre at all, I just don't get any enjoyment out of it. Enter Cherie Reich. I devoured Defying Gravity in a way that took me by complete surprise. I loved the characters, I loved the way the relationships built, I loved how Cherie didn't drown me with spacey words and that it was reasonably short, allowing me to dip my toe into the sci-fi waters without being overwhelmed. I'd recommend this book to anyone, sci-fi fan or not! :D

  • Steph
    2019-04-08 12:06

    I like the story, really. It was really very sweet, definitely the kind of thing I like in SciFi. But it was so short! Great for a short story, but it could have been expanded and developed so much. Looking forward to more from this author.

  • Magda
    2019-04-09 11:54

    I really enjoyed this book. Nice combination of science fiction, fantasy-like powers and romance.