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I Belong

Review: Polaris by Mindee Arnett


AuthorMindee Arnett

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: Avalon (Book #2)

Publication Date: January 20, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages

ISBN-100062235621 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062235626 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin


Jeth Seagrave and his crew of mercenaries are pulled into one last high-stakes mission in this breathtaking sequel to Mindee Arnett’s Avalon, which SLJ called “an exciting piece of science fiction that keeps up its energy from beginning to end” in a starred review.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. The ITA, still holding Jeth’s mother in a remote research lab, is now intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth’s sister Cora carries inside her DNA, and Jeth is desperate to find the resources he needs to rescue his mother and start a new life outside the Confederation. But the ITA is just as desperate, and Jeth soon finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing him and his crew—dead or alive.

With nowhere to run and only one play left, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he’d see again: Daxton Price, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. Dax promises to help Jeth, but his help will only come at a price—a price that could mean sacrificing everything Jeth has fought for until now.

Quick & Dirty: A thrilling, high-stakes science fiction that is sure to surprise you.

Opening Sentence: The spaceport’s casino was the perfect spot for the deal to go down.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

***Warning!*** Heavy spoilers for Avalon will be in this review. In Avalon, Jeth discovered his mother was still alive, found his baby sister, and realized the ITA has been using an alien species to travel through metaspace — a species that was dying out, and with it, ITA’s main source of travel and money. Not to mention, Cora, Jeth’s baby sister, has strange powers from her time on the planet where the species originated. She can’t control them, and is dangerous when upset, but she’s growing weaker as the destruction of the Pyreans grows. Now on the run, Jeth and his friends are desperate to save his mother and liberate the Pyreans, but they’re missing some vital re-courses. The team is forced to engage in a deal with shady Daxton Price, a dangerous crime lord, who may or may not be trustworthy…And Price definitely has ulterior motives of his own.

Mindee Arnett knows how to write a thrilling, fast-paced science fiction, that’s for sure. I read Avalon last year and was impressed by the complex, high-stakes plot and plenty of twists. Then I read Polaris, and it became my favorite of the two, with even more danger and action than the previous book. Both novels were heavily science fiction, which is all well and good. Mindee Arnett does a fantastic job of explaining the complicated science so that even us Regular Joes can understand, without dumbing it down too much. She creates believable plotlines with unique characters, keeping you on the very edge of your seat and hanging on every word. A fantastic ending to a series. I was a little worried going into it because I hadn’t read Avalon is such a long time, but that wasn’t a problem. I couldn’t remember much but I still understood what was going on and eventually, the individual events in Avalon started flashing back.

Jeth’s character impressed me in it’s many layers and complexity. He retained his wits and courage, but in this novel he also had more to lose, with Sierra and his newly discovered mother. There was also a lot of internal struggle that was there as well, however, with that dangerous deal with Daxton. There was a lot of themes in this novel following the lines of “how far will you go?” and “how much is too much?” Jeth definitely blurred the lines, but by the end, his moral compass had been restored. Not all of that struggle between good and bad was his fault. Daxton put an implant in him that controlled him to a certain degree. I enjoyed that struggle and seeing him overcome it, and thought it was well done. Not all was smooth sailing for his relationship with Sierra, either, but they were a realistic couple and I found them to be cute together.

Mindee Arnett does not hold back with the sacrifices and making bold moves. She adds a lot of twists into her stories, which, admittedly, then added a lot of feels. She’s not afraid to kill one person off and make the other a traitor. She takes chances as an author. For that, I respect her. I also really enjoy her writing because she can balance the internal struggles with the action around the characters, bravo! Her characters are never really black and white: a lot of them hover somewhere between the two, and make brilliant villains since we can also empathize with them.

All in all, I really enjoyed the second and final book in the Avalon series. It was action-packed with complex characters and countless twists. I do wish there had been more of a focus on the Pyreans, which started to become a focal point only in the last fourth. If you get squeamish there are some gross parts of this novel, I’m warning you right now. I’m always looking for a fun, intergalactic, space-y book to dive into and this certainly meets all the requirements! Again, I like how Arnett never makes it easy or convenient for her characters, she makes them fight for it. If you enjoyed Avalon I would definitely recommend diving into Polaris!

Notable Scene:

“What-” Jeth broke off as Aileen’s words came back to him. Make yourselves comfortable, she had said, really comfortable.

The bitter taste of the gas filled his mouth and burned his nostrils. Jeth held his breath, but it was too late. A wave of dizziness went through him, and he felt his knees giving way.

This is going to be painful, he thought as his body met the floor.

Then he thought no more as black curtains closed over his eyes, plunging him into a sleep too deep for dreams. Or nightmares.

Avalon Series:

0.5 Proxy

1. Avalon

2. Polaris


FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Polaris. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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