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.
Published by Balzer + Bray on January 21st, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: requested from publisher
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.
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.
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.