Published January 21, 2014 by Balzer & Bray
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.
“He didn’t know if it was real, if freedom was something you could earn or win after a long, hard fight, or if it was just an illusion. But he decided it didn’t matter. Only this mattered. This moment right here, surrounded by the people he cared about. And he realized this was the paradise his parents had meant when they named this ship.”
I have been quite the sci-fi enthusiast lately which is really odd for me. I am not sure if my tastes are changing or if the books are just getting better?
The basic storyline…
Jeth and his sister Lizzie are orphans. Their parent’s were scientists and were killed after an act of treason by the government. They lived with their uncle whom took to the bottle after the death of their mother so Jeth had basically raised himself and his sister. One evening during a poker game, their uncle had lost their parent’s ship, their only home, to a local mob boss(Hammer). Now all Jeth dreams about is buying back the ship and raising enough funds to do so. The name of the ship, Avalon. Jeth and his friends work for the same mob boss that stole his ship by stealing different ships or weapons in which Jeth is paid a salary that goes towards the buy-back cost of Avalon. He only has one final mission to accomplish and then Avalon will be his but, it is the most dangerous one yet!
Hammer is scary…
Hammer Defoe is as creepy as crime boss’s get. He does everything for a reason and he can never be trusted. There is always a method to his madness and early on in the book, I was feeling as if he just uses Jeth and his crew for his own personal gain and will never let them go.
I enjoyed the character of Jeth. He is more mature than he should be and has a huge weight on his shoulders by trying to protect his sister at all costs. His sister, Lizzie, was like a breath of fresh air. She was innocent and caring. She was super smart and you get the feeling that she should not be alongside all the other misfits. Like she didn’t fit in.
Ms. Arnett did a wonderful job with the world building. She also was able to add a small bit of creepy into the story, which I was fascinated with! The story held my attention and there was a slight bit of a blossoming romance but it was not the main point of the story. I believe that this was a great first book in the series and I can’t wait to see where the road leads for these characters.