Publication Date: January 21st 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
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.
This book was a HUGE surprise for me! I was not expecting the incredible action, the heart felt characters and crew that I fell in love with, nor was I prepared for the creep factor some of this book has.
Jeth is an eighteen year old guy who is part of a team of thieves for an overlord who you cannot trust a lick. Jeth was the kind of male protagonist who I fell madly in love with. He was a leader, strong but incredibly caring, determined and trustworthy and totally swoony. The rest of his crew were his family and the bond they had between them was fantastic. Every secondary character in this book was so well fleshed out and integral to the way the story flowed.
The science fiction aspect of the book was brilliantly done too. I was not expecting something so well thought out, with the technology actually making sense and being interesting! There is something so deeply creepy about space sometimes, and Arnett embodied it to the fullest. There is an area of space called the Belgrave, where Jeth and his crew are sent to recover something. The Belgrave is almost like this Bermuda Triangle in apce where creepy things happen, ships disappear and people die. And when the Avalon was in there, I was beyond creeped out by the crazy stuff that happens.
The one thing I absolutely loved about Avalon was the twists. Arnett kept me on my toes, not knowing what to expect, who was going to betray who and what was going to happen next. She pulled it off so flawlessly, while keeping the story action packed and a total blast to read, that Avalon needs to be read by any hard core Sci/Fi fan or anyone even wanting to be introduced to the genre!