Review: Avalon by Mindee Arnett

March 11, 2014 Book 12

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Series: Avalon, #1
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: January 21st, 2014
Source: Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss

Goodreads Summary: 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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I think my rating of this book is due to something much more than just disappointment. I wish I could say it was because I’m not a big fan of sci-fi, but I hardly doubt that’s it, since I was really interested in the sci-fi parts of the story. I really enjoyed reading about all the space aspects in the story, and was entertained for the most part.

Jeth is a pretty good fleshed out character, too. I liked his interactions with the crew and the fact that they all seemed a great family. I loved seeing such strong friendships within the book.

If I’m going to attribute my indifference to this book on something, it could be the romance that was thrown in here. I feel like there are moments when a love story can be added, and moments when it shouldn’t, and in this book, I feel like a love story shouldn’t have been added. Jeth’s main goal is to get Avalon back and help his crew, so why can’t you stick to that? Adding a romantic interest (which was frankly annoying) to the story was really unnecessary and it really made me lose interest in the book.

I could also say that my indifference is due to the writing. This book was narrated in third person. This led to everything sounding really… detached. I found I couldn’t give a crap about most of the things happening because I couldn’t connect emotionally to the story.

Last aspect of this book that irked me was the predictability. Jeth and his Crew-trusted people they shouldn’t have, constantly made the wrong decisions, and never learned from their rash, impulsive actions. For them being portrayed as some badass teenage mercenaries, you’d think they’d have more common sense.

Overall, I could say that I was pretty underwhelemed by this story. I’ll maybe read the sequel to see how the story ends.

Rating: 2.5 stars

it was good
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  • I’m not really into sci-fi, but this book has had a lot of hype, so I was thinking of reading it… Now I don’t know! Maybe! But I doubt it…

    • If you’re interested but not sure, see if your local library has it! That way you don’t spend the money if you’re disappointed 😉

      • Unfortunately my local library has a very small section af english books.. I live in Germany…

        • Oh. I know how you feel. There are basically no libraries here where I live (Puerto Rico). And there’s like one bookstore… .-.

  • Oh well. Another book off my pile of to-buy. As much as I love romance, there’s really nothing worse when it doesn’t add too much to the story. And in this book’s case, it looks like it threw a wrench in what was to be a potentially good story.

    Good luck on your next read, marianne.

    • I normally put up with the romance, but here it was just annoying. It literally interrupted everything. Gah. Thanks, Joy.

  • Bummer! Sorry you didn’t like it! I actually really enjoyed, but I’m a space nerd so maybe that’s why. I do agree about the romance though. I was not a huge fan of it, but the rest of the book was pretty good so I let it slide.

    • I don’t know why I couldn’t let it slide! I loved the sci-fi, but sadly the rest of the book was just meh for me.

  • Faye M.

    Hahaha! I feel you girl, I feel you. I read this book not too long ago and was felt pretty indifferent to it overall. I mean it’s not that it was bad… it was “okay” but the romance seemed out of place, and it felt like it was put there just for the heck of it. It didn’t feel like their “love” was justified. And seriously, Jeth, you already have a huge problem on your shoulders and you really think you have time for romance? PRIORITIES, MAN, PRIORITIES. No wonder you kinda failed in what you were set to do in the first place… you kept thinking with your pants!
    Awesome review, dear:)
    Faye @ The Social Potato

    • Hahahaha I couldn’t have put it better myself. I wish I could give you a trophy for that comment!

  • Yay, Once Upon a Time gif 😀 So obsessed with that show.
    Third person is really tough to pull off, especially in a book like this. I will probably be avoiding it, your review and several others just make me really want to avoid it.

    • That gif was so perfect xD And gah I REALLLYYYYYYY need to catch up. Darn you, Netflix for not having the 3rd season!
      Maybe you’ll enjoy the book more than me? I mean when it comes to the sci-fi, it’s great. When it comes to the other stuff, well… then there’s problems.