Review: Polaris by Mindee Arnett

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on January 19, 2015 | 4 Comments

Review: Polaris by Mindee ArnettPolaris by Mindee Arnett
Series: Avalon #2
Published by Balzer + Bray (1.20.2014)
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: eARC, 432 pages
Source: Edelweiss

4 Stars

Following the events of Avalon, Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. Jeth is desperate to find the resources and funding he needs to rescue his mother from an ITA’s research lab and leave this whole galaxy behind for a new life somewhere else. But the ITA is just as desperate, and soon Jeth finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing Jeth and his crew—dead or alive. In a last-ditch effort to save everyone he holds dear, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he'd see again: Dax Shepherd, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. And he’s not the only one: upon arriving back at Peltraz spaceport for the first time since he witnessed the death of his old employer, Jeth discovers Dax has a new partner: Jeth’s mother, Marian.

My thoughts

I saw Mindee at a signing a while back, and during the panel she said that while writing this book, her mind was in a very dark place. That as a result, this book was dark. Which was why I was so excited to read this: I loooove dark! It wasn’t quite as dark story-wise as I was hoping, but Jeth? That’s another story.

He was very dark in this book. It’s refreshing to read an MC with flaws, one that screws up royally from time to time. Jeth made some serious mistakes. Sometimes he let darkness overwhelm him. I loved that! He craved the power of the Axis, even though he knew what it was doing to him. (The Axis was intriguing!)

I was surprised at my emotional attachment in this book! View Spoiler »

This book was intense and action-packed! There was never a dull moment. Something was always happening! There were a couple of shocks thrown in there, too. And there were scenes where I was on the edge of my seat, wondering, How are they going to get out of this one?! I love the danger that the characters faced at every turn!

View Spoiler »

If you are a fan of sci-fi and space stories, I recommend giving this duology a go!

Overall Assessment

Plot: 4/5 
Premise: 5/5 
Writing style: 4/5 
Originality: 4/5 
Characters: 3.5/5 
Pace: 4/5 
Feels: 4/5 
Cover: 4/5 
Overall rating: 4/5

The Avalon Duology

avalon polaris

Overall series rating:

4 heartbeats

Jessi (Geo)

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4 responses to “Review: Polaris by Mindee Arnett

  1. Okay I had to look at the spoilers because I’m planning on reading Polaris this weekend and I needed to know what sort of crazy sauce I was getting in to. I knew there would be something like that after reading an interview with the author, but I thought it would happen to someone else. And now I’m much more confident in reading this book – bring on the dark Jeth!

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