Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 21, 2014)
Genre: Fiction/Sci-fi YA
Rating: 2.5 stars
For fans of Josh Whedon’s cult classic television show Firefly comes a fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller from author Mindee Arnett, which New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White calls “a heart-pounding, tense joyride of a novel.”
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 the 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.
Let me tell you how I came about this book. So there’s this show called Tea Time that is sponsored by Epic Reads…..Okay I’m not really sure but to make a long story short I saw the #TeaTime floating around twitter and I was curious about what the big deal was and BAM. I’m watching a YouTube video about all the latest books that are suppose to come out during the January/February months. Anyways, the commentators mentioned Avalon and said it was Firefly but with teens. They had me at Firefly. Loved that show just sad it didn’t get the support that it needed.
Back to the book before I get sidetrack.
Yeah, they had me at Firefly, so I had to get the book. Thank goodness for coupons and gift cards. In my blind excited I purchase both Avalon and Polaris. Sadly, I wish I just borrowed the two from the library. Look, Avalon has the Firefly elements (spaceships, space, ragtag band of thieves, evil government corporation…etc) but where Firefly was funny, engaging and action-packed, Avalon was boring, predictable and immature. What I mean by immature is that the leader of the group, Jethro is not too bright. I don’t know about you but common sense tells me not to trust people you know is going to double-cross you in the end or to think with you penis.
Alright he’s a teenage boy but the whole point of the book was for Jethro (Jeth) to save up enough money because he wanted to get Avalon, the ship that belonged to your dead parents back from the evil man whose pretty much keeping it hostage. But as soon as a girl enters the picture all he can think about is kissing her. Personally, the hold romantic ploy was a waste of writing. It shouldn’t have been in the book in the first place. There was no need and it really help the book in anyway. Just because it’s YA doesn’t mean everybody has to fall in love.
Whatever, the “romance” happened, even though there wasn’t any type of chemistry between the two “lovebirds”. As for the rest of the book, Jethro makes stupid decisions, after more stupid decisions. Not only putting himself in danger but the rest of the crew. Still trying to figure out how he became captain. I mean every twist and possible turn was oh-so-very predictable. I knew what was happening before I turned the next page.
On top of that the world building was so-so. It felt very generic. Nothing memorable in my opinion. The same with the characters. The only reason why I remember Jethro so clearly was because of his stupidity. The rest of the ensemble was meh. I didn’t really connect with any of them. Although I wish that Celeste had more scenes. She was pretty kid ass and I think she would have been a better love interest.
There’s more that I can write but then I will just become mean and that’s is something that I try hard not to do. That is not my intention. Also, I have the book in the series to read. Yes I paid for the damn book I’m going to finish the series. You my dear followers will see a review of Polaris soon.
About the Author
Mindee Arnett is the author of two forthcoming young adult series. The first book in her contemporary fantasy series, The Nightmare Affair is forthcoming March 2013 from Tor Teen (Macmillan) while her YA sci-fi thriller, Finding Eden (tentative title) will debut Winter 2014 from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). She lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space.
Her short stories have appeared in various magazines, including Happy, and she has received an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008. She has a Master of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She is represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and Media. She also blogs and tweets. Find her online at www.mindeearnett.com.
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