Series: Avalon #1
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Published by Balzer + Bray (1.21.2014)
eARC, 432 pages
Source: Edelweiss, From Publisher
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.
The fact that this novel takes place in space was enough to make me like it. Space stories are so few and far between! There’s a certain magic to the idea of being in space (Treasure Planet!) and this one really captured that magic. The first line was ‘Stealing a spaceship shouldn’t be this easy.’ Talk about getting your attention! It was also very unique. The idea of metatech and metaspace was very intriguing, as were the Pyreans and Empyria!
Jeth was a likable lead, but he didn’t wow me. He was strong and defiant, though, and I love that in a MC. I guess it’s just hard for me to connect with male leads. It is, however, refreshing to be a male lead in the first place! There’s SO many female protags.
Hammer was a great villain. He came off as benign at times, which was actually just a facade for his cruel disposition. He had no problem getting his hands dirty, but there were times when he was hard to read, which made him a pretty scary dude!
Belgrave, aka The Devil’s Boneyard, was creepy! The happenings were chilling, particularly the gruesome deaths on the Donerail. That was probably my favorite part! It had a Ghost Ship meets Treasure Planet thing going on. Heck yeah!
There were a couple mentions of First-Earth, but it didn’t really go into detail. I would have loved to hear more about the past and how they came to be where they were!
I do have to say that Avalon was very predictable. I saw the twists coming a mile away (I guessed Cora’s relation as soon as she was introduced), and figured things out long before the characters did. Bad things happened, yet I still knew it would turn out happy in the end. The situation should have felt desperate, but I didn’t really take it seriously because I knew relief and rescue would come soon. It was still a fun journey, though! The predictability didn’t ruin the story thankfully.
Avalon was a very interesting and unique read, and I definitely recommend for sci-fi fans!
“What’re you all smiling about?”
“Heard you had an encounter with a vicious man-eating kitten out in the hallway.”
“The Donerail’s last known position was alpha-two-six-one, also known as the Specter Sea.”
“Of course it is,” said Flynn, his voice higher-pitched than usual. “Because that’s exactly what you want to name a place everybody is afraid of. I mean, why couldn’t they have called it the Sea of Puppies or maybe the Sea of Fluffy Kittens?”
Writing style: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5
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