Avalon by Mindee Arnett
Release Date: January 21st, 2014
Balzer + Bray, 432 Pages
Sub-genre: Science Fiction
Source: ARC from publisher (Thanks!)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Avalon #1
Recommended for: fans of Across the Universe by Beth Revis
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.
While Avalon’s writing may not be the best I’ve ever read – the action and the intensity of everything happened, from the very first page, is what made me enjoy this book so much. Right from the very beginning, the reader is thrown into an intense situation and I liked that. This is a book that will keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat – you’ll be begging to find out how everything is going to come together and what is going to happen in the end.
I haven’t watched Joss Whedon’s show Firefly so I don’t have much to compare it to in regards to that, but I will say that I definitely enjoyed this book and am ready for the follow up book, Meridian (it’s a duology!).
Fun and engaging, I’d recommend Avalon to both young boys and girls.