I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Avalon by Mindee Arnett
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-01-21
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science & Technology, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Midnight Affair, The Nightmare Dilemma
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.
Avalon is compared to Firefly, but I’ve never seen it. I’ll definitely be watching soon though.
Avalon starts off a bit slow. I felt like things could have been sped up a bit, but I can understand the slower pace. This futuristic world definitely needs some groundwork laid out for us so that we know what to expect. I think their government system is completely screwed up. Especially after to you learn about the devices that Hammer uses. I do like that there is more than just one planet. When I reached the half way point things started to really pick up. There’s a lot of action, betrayal, and hard choices.
I didn’t really care for the main character, Jeth. He was selfish, and doesn’t act like he wants anything but his ship. I know he’s had a hard life, but that doesn’t excuse it. There were a few redeemable moments for Jeth in my eyes. He does love his crew even though he doesn’t show it. I also love his relationship with his sister. He’s very protective of her, and I totally get that. I’m still protective of my younger siblings. Like I said he gets much better in the second half, right with the intensity of the book. I did like the side characters. They were funny, and had their own fears.
I will read the next one because i need to know what happens next. Hopefully more craziness like the second half of the book.