Genre: YA science fiction
Pages: 432 (for hardcover)
Publication date: January 21st, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.
Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.
Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they're damn good at it. Jeth doesn't care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents' ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he'll go to get the freedom he's wanted for so long.
Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon's cult hit show Firefly.
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.
There is very little that I didn't like . . . the beginning was a little rocky for me and some parts around 70 percent lost the rest of the books excitement, but other than that, everything worked. I really liked the characters, though I'm not exactly sure why. The world was very interesting. I rarely ever read a book set in space, so it definitely felt different and unique. There was also a eeriness to a few of the scenes that just pulled me in and made the book all the more interesting.
I even liked the romance, which may be a problem with most readers. I didn't feel that it was a big focus. Compared to most books I read, there really wasn't much romance. It was a nice addition to the story, but it wasn't the point of the story nor was it my favorite part of the book.
My favorite part was the many twists, turns, and exciting events. There were scary, thrilling, exciting, tense, and oddly enough, hilarious moments spread throughout the entire book. (There was one scene in particular cracked me up for some reason. I'll just say that one character completely screwed another over, and I found it to be incredibly comical.) Except for a couple slow moments, the book was nonstop excitement, and I had a ton of fun reading it!
Overall, Avalon was an amazing read. Full of exciting twits and cool events, this book did not disappoint! I really love this one and I definitely recommend it.
My questions for you:
Do you like reading science fiction?
What books would you recommend for a reluctant sci-fi reader?
What do you think of Avalon's cover?