Author: Mindee Arnett
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Series: Avalon (Book 1)
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages
ISBN-10: 0062235591 (Harper Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0062235596 (Harper Teen)
Reviewed by: Kaitlin
For fans of Josh Whedon’s cult classic television show Firefly comes a fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller from author Mindee Arnett, about a group of teenage mercenaries who stumble upon a conspiracy that threatens the entire galaxy.
Jeth Seagrave and his crew have made their name stealing metatech: the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light. In a world where the agencies that patrol the outer edges of space are as corrupt as the crime bosses who control them, it’s as much of a living as anyone can ask for. For years Jeth’s managed to fly under the radar of the government that executed his parents for treason—but when he finds himself in possession of information that both government and the crime bosses are willing to kill for, he’s going to find there’s no escaping his past anymore.
With pulse-pounding action, a captivating mystery, and even a bit of romance, Avalon is the perfect read for hard-core sci-fi fans and non–sci-fi fans alike.
Quick & Dirty: An action packed novel that is hard to put down, Avalon is perfect for any sci-fi fans.
Opening Sentence: Stealing a spaceship shouldn’t be this easy.
Avalon is the story of Jeth, a boy working for a criminal organization, his biggest goal is to buy back his parent’s spaceship Avalon. His parents were killed by the ITA (basically rulers of all known space). When Jeth is given the chance to do a dangerous job and get back the ship as payment, he can’t wait- until it gets a little more exciting than he expected.
I liked the characters — they all had different and unique personalities. There were a lot of them, so a few times I mixed up who they were. I thought gun-happy Shady was engineering Flynn quite a few times. I especially loved Cora (a little girl Jeth rescues on his mission). She practically emulates innocence, so cute I just want to hug her. Sierra was Jeth’s love interest, and although I sort of feel like Jeth and Sierra’s relationship was slightly rushed, the author does a good job of describing their feelings; it’s such a sweet romance and reminds me of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer.
Hammer was a perfect villain. He was crafty with just the right amount of charm, but still obviously dangerous. Although many describe him as ruthless, he claims that “he does what must be done”. In one scene one of his punishments is described, and it is reserved for people who betray him: the person is cast out on the street with a mark on his forehead that means that if anyone sells to him, feeds him, or shows him kindness, that person will be murdered. This lonely and drawn-out torture illustrates what kind of character Hammer is. Another antagonist in this book was Renford, and although he too was enjoyable, Hammer overshadowed him in the quest to be more evil.
This book was packed with action the whole way through. There isn’t a boring page. Sometimes it moved a little too fast, without giving us time to let the last event sink in, but for the most part it was reasonable pacing. Betrayals, mystery, and science pack into each chapter.
Altogether Avalon was a really good novel. I can’t wait for book two! I hope it comes quick. From chapter one you are hooked in, and it’s hard to put down. The writing style itself is well done, and the characters are both amusing and unique. Not to mention the fabulous cover. If I could change one thing I’d have the second book now. Y’all should check it out when it is released, you won’t regret it. Fans of Across the Universe by Beth Revis will love the mysterious space theme, as do I. Happy reading!
From here he could see Avalon. She was a Black Devil spacecraft, old enough to be considered a classic, but still as tough as they came. With her streamlined body, she looked more like a weapon than a ship, something fierce and predatory. She was the best, most versatile spaceship around, fast and powerful, yet still capable of deep-space exploration. And with her own metadrive, she could take him anywhere he wanted and be completely off the ITA’s radar. And she’s mine.
The Avalon Series:
1. Avalon (January 21, 2014)
FTC Advisory: Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Avalon. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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