Avalon by Mindee Arnett
January 14, 2014
Balzer & Bray
Hardcover, 432 pgs.
What it’s about:
Ever since his parents died and his uncle gambled away their spaceship, Avalon, seventeen-year old Jeth Seagrave has been under the control of the crime lord Hammer DeFoe. Jeth and his crew of teenaged thieves are nearly unstoppable and each job gets him and his sister one step closer to freedom. Hammer’s latest assignment could be just the ticket to getting the Avalon back. Jeth and his crew have been instructed to journey into the dangerous Belgrave sector of space and retrieve a disabled ship. According to Hammer the ship is unoccupied and carrying a valuable weapon. Despite rumors of hauntings and mysterious disappearance in the Belgrave, the Avalon is well equipped to make the journey and the job should be relatively simple to complete. Unfortunately, Hammer is not the only one interested in the disabled Donerail. The interplanetary government also has an interest in what the ship contains and both parties are willing to kill to possess it. A shocking discovery aboard the Donerail forces Jeth to consider just how far he will go to gain the freedom he so desires.
Why you might like it:
Here is how this book is being billed:
“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.”
This book totally has a Firefly vibe, which I greatly appreciated. The ugly, but useful spaceship, the ragtag band of misfits, and the blurred lines between right and wrong are all reminiscent of that ill-fated Whedon classic. Not familiar with Firefly? No worries. If you are a fan of adventures, despicable villains, really smart girls, and wicked plot twists, you might enjoy Avalon. I recommend this book with one caution. I found the beginning to be a bit slow, but the patient reader will be rewarded with a roller coaster of an ending! I am glad I stuck with this one and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!
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