Good morning, readers :) Today I’m participating in the blog tour of AVALON by Mindee Arnett, a book I’ve been wanting to read practically since was announced. Enjoy (my review is below & there’s a giveaway)!
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.
I’d never seen Firefly when I first started reading AVALON. I know, I know, it’s my dad’s favorite show, I thing Joss Whedon is brilliant (& definitely on to some gov’t conspiracies…Dollhouse anyone? *(too real)). But, I’ve never had time to properly indulge & I hate shows canceling early (Dollhouse, Lie to Me…every one of my favorite shows). But, after reading AVALON now I have to.
The more I write, the better writer I become I start to study the books I read more. Every book becomes a mini-lesson. If I love it, I want to know what it did well. In AVALON’s case other than the ah-mazing brother/sister relationship (I’m a big sibling and I’m a sucker for those in books), it was the characterization of every person in it that won me over and made me give it 5 owls (also the world building & evil corporations…love that stuff). Every book I’ve loved has not only had great main character but secondary characters. While reading AVALON I wanted to get to know everyone, especially Celeste more because she seemed like a boss. I wanted to know the man on the bench, Hammer, his guard’s…I did a lot of acting and when I’m reading sometimes I see things being staged, from the moment each character in AVALON “stepped on stage,” they played their part well.
I will admit, I didn’t like the book at first. I’m a Sci-Fi person and the first ten pages were very I’ve seen this before, too much backstory, not grabbing me. But, give it time. Have faith. Yes, Jeth is bit of a…bootyhead (as my ten-year-old sister likes to say), but seeing him care for his sister gave me a reason to root for him. Also, like Harry Potter, who is one of the most unlikable protagonists (especially in later books), he’s an orphan and he “belongs” to a disgusting man. Like wait until you get to the part where Arnett describes Hammer *shudder* (that was good). You HAVE to root for Jeth and his crew, you’d be cruel not to.
Oh, and the twists. Oh, they’re there. I guessed half of it, but that didn’t make it any less enjoyable. There’s also romance which I liked, but didn’t think was necessary not that it was bad but the book was amazing already without it. This was my first time reading anything by Arnett (I’m buying The Nightmare Affair today though because I’m hooked), and huge kudos for straddling the line well between world building overload and not enough. I know it’s hard with Sci-Fi, info dumps are annoying, but if you don’t paint a good enough picture, people are clueless. It’s for this reason that I’d recommend AVALON for fans of Sci-Fi (depending on how big of a fan you are you might find it too light) as well as those who have never read it before, especially those who have never read it before as it’s a great first.
I hear this is the first in a series :D I’ve been waiting for the “rise of YA Sci-Fi,” and this was my first recent foyer into it. I’m looking forward to reading more. I’m so pleased that I loved every book I’ve picked up this year (5 so far?). I’ve always had good taste in books, haha, *hair flip* but even I’m surprised.
**This is a 100% honest review. I received a copy of the book from the publisher to read & review.**
About the Author:
Mindee Arnett 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. She has far more dreams than nightmares.
2 Signed copies of AVALON (International)
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Many thanks to Rockstar Book Tours for having me as a host, Happy Friday everyone!!!