Today we are SO excited to be today’s tour stop for the official blog tour of Mindee Arnett’s Avalon. Avalon is a young adult science fiction novel that will be released tomorrow, January 21, 2014 by Baltzer + Bray. For more about the tour, visit Rockstar Book Tours.
About the Book
Avalon Series (#1)
By Mindee Arnett
Pub Date: 1.21.14
Pub: Baltzer + Bray
Genres: YA, Science Fiction
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.
You can also read Proxy, the excited prequel to the Avalon series, for 99cents!
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*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*
If you know me in real life, you know that I’m not always the most observant person in the room. I’m not picking up on the minor details most of the time. I get the bigger picture, and my brain goes off on a tangent that leads far away from where I began.
Which is probably why I had NO idea this book was like Joss Whedon’s Firefly. Had I known, I would have read it the moment I downloaded the ARC. But, because I have to read what other people think before I start a book (I find it more beneficial sometimes than the synopsis), I found those lovely words “If you like Firefly, you’ll enjoy this one.” Suddenly, my heart was brimming with ooey-gooey goodness and I was diving in. Later, I re-read the synopsis while putting this post together, and saw that it was right there in the final lines. So, like I said, unobservant.
Honestly, I picked this book up the moment I read space. I’m a sucker for anything sci-fi and space related. And I’m glad I did, because it was so ‘me’. It just got me in a way some books of other genres can’t. And that cover. I didn’t know what was up with it, but I was immediately drawn to it.
So, down to the book (because that’s what you all really want to hear about!):
The book starts off in the middle of a ‘job’ — we quickly learn what Jeth and his team do, which is steal ships for Hammer. The book starts with the action right of the bat, which helps set up the world we’re going to be in, as well as gets you excited about what is to come. I mean, the opening line is, “Stealing a spaceship shouldn’t be this easy.” If that doesn’t catch your attention, I don’t know what was.
I will say for me, this book was all about the story. Jeth’s dialogue was a bit stilted and while I wanted him to get the things he deserved (his ship back, the truth about his parents, out of the control of Hammer, etc.), I didn’t get the same emotional connection I would with other characters. I won’t say it is because he’s a guy, because I’ve had some visceral experiences with other male protagonists. Jeth was a very internal character, but even then he wasn’t very emotive, so that didn’t help. However, the story was more than enough to keep my brain occupied.
There is a LOT going on in this book. It is science-fiction in a world over 500 years in the future. There is a lot of things that have to be built into the story, which is why a lot of people tend to say the story progresses slowly (esp. at the beginning). For me, it was a great pace, because I had to ‘learn’ the world and that was important to really get the story. There are some roller-coaster sized twists and I loved every minute of it. The revelations weren’t completely obvious, and I never found myself bored by the plot twists. And there are just SO many of them.
I absolutely loved the description of the meta travel. The way Arnett described it was so realistic, that I could almost imagine what it would feel like. And of course, being a space nerd who has spent her whole life wanting to travel among the stars, I WANTED to know what it felt like.
And I gotta say, the best part of the book was the romance. Oh, you thought I meant the romance with the girl? No, no, no. I mean the romance with Jeth and his ship, Avalon. Seriously, that ship was described with so much love and emotion, I wanted to live there. The love between Avalon and Jeth was all the love I needed in this story. (And no, I didn’t mind the relationship with the girl either.)
For me, this book was a wild ride of fun and amazement. I loved reading it, and was practically giddy at how good it was. I’ve read other reviews and understand that for some people, this book just didn’t work. But for me, it was just so good. And even though rationally I realize this book doesn’t come out until tomorrow, I can’t help but think, “Someone get me book two!”
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.
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2 Signed copies of AVALON (Int’l)
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Check out more of the tour
1/13/2014- IceyBooks– Interview
1/14/2014- Word Spelunking– Guest Post
1/15/2014- Fantasy Book Addict– Interview
1/16/2014- Falling For YA– Review
1/17/2014- Whimsically Yours– Review
1/20/2014- Such a Novel Idea– Review
1/21/2014- The Eater of Books!– Interview
1/22/2014- Bewitched Bookworms– Guest Post
1/24/2014- The Irish Banana Review– Guest Post