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Review: ‘Avalon’ by Mindee Arnett

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Avalon’ by Mindee ArnettAvalon by Mindee Arnett
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 21st, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 418
Format: ARC
Source: requested from publisher
two-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.

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review

The beginning was exciting. All the mystery and intrigue of a group of teenage mercenaries and their mission in space? YES sign me up. But after the beginning ended, I was sorely disappointed. It’s slow and it dragged on and on. I have no patience for slow plot lines and I need something to hang on to or I will definitely lose interest. This was the case for Avalon. The writing is decent, and the characters aren’t fully developed as I hoped it would be. I just didn’t really care about them as much. There were all characters that I’ve heard of before. But in a way, I was just so bored with the chapters. Sometimes that’s just what happens and it happened to me when reading this.

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Finally, the end picked up the story-line and I was pleasantly awarded with the ending. The villain in this book kept me from DNFing it. I love when villains are super evil and they prose a huge hurdle for our main cast of characters. I did like the fact it was set in space, but the execution I felt needed to include more. It’s not a bad start to the series, but I don’t know if I will continue with it, only because I didn’t connect with any of the characters and that’s hard to get into when you’re reading a series of books.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for space adventure because there’s plenty of that in Mindee’s writing.


reading progress

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quotes

New or not, weapons were nothing special. All they did was kill and destroy. (60)
Strange how life just happened sometimes, sneaking up on you like a thief in the dark. (74)
What happened to them won’t happen to me. I’ve been paying for their mistakes my whole life. I’m not going to make the same ones. (75)
Girl distractions were the worst kind. (120)
I wanted to be free to live my life on my own terms (158)
He shouldn’t let her distract him so much. She wasn’t a lost, helpless kitten in need of protection or sympathy or whatever this thing was she made him feel. (187)
He hated being helpless, hated being so trapped. So owned. (313)
Better a few should live as slaves than billions die. (355)
Whole groups of people have been locked down by the ITA to prevent them from spreading their culture anywhere else in the galaxy. To keep them from infecting others with their unacceptable ideals. (367)

rating

2/5

two-stars

6 Comments

  1. Leigh (LittleBookStar)

    January 4, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    aww so sorry you didn’t really enjoy Avalon. I loved it but maybe it’s because I love sci-fi books (it all started with Across the Universe). What I didn’t like about Avalon though was it was confusing the picture what was happening at times.

    • giselle

      January 5, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      Oh I love sci-fi too! Maybe that’s also why I didn’t enjoy it as much, the confusion

  2. Nova @ Out of Time

    January 2, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    I read this one and I had the same problem. I ended up pulling through because I had faith and I totally understand what you mean by how it got so much better in the second half. i’m so glad i didn’t DNF tbh

    great review!

    • giselle

      January 5, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      YES! I was thinking of DNFing too, but I’m just like you. I have faith a book will get better, so I don’t stop reading

  3. K

    January 2, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Hmm, I don’t actually read that much sci-fi, although I’d like to. Avalon sounds interesting but I’m not really sure if I’ll enjoy it that much if it has quite a slow middle section, but perhaps I’ll give it a chance! Great review! 🙂

    • giselle

      January 5, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      I’m glad you might give it a chance. Sci-fi can be a bit daunting sometimes

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