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Avalon

by Mindee Arnett

HarperCollins | January 21, 2014 | Hardcover

Avalon is rated 4 out of 5 by 7.

For fans of Josh Whedon's cult classic television showFireflycomes a fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller from author Mindee Arnett, whichNew York Timesbestselling author Kiersten White calls "a heart-pounding, tense joyride of a novel."

Jeth Seagrave and his crew have made their name stealing metatech: the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light. In a world where the agencies that patrol the outer edges of space are as corrupt as the crime bosses who control them, it's as much of a living as anyone can ask for. For years Jeth's managed to fly under the radar of the government that executed his parents for treason—but when he finds himself in possession of information that both the government and the crime bosses are willing to kill for, he's going to find there's no escaping his past anymore.

With pulse-pounding action, a captivating mystery, and even a bit of romance,Avalonis the perfect read for hard-core sci-fi fans and non-sci-fi fans alike.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 in

Published: January 21, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062235591

ISBN - 13: 9780062235596

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Out of Time One hell of a ride; and I'm not talking about the ship. - Nova @ Out of Time I pretty much enjoyed Avalon generally. When picking apart at things, I found faults, but mainly, everything was pretty good! I've heard a lot of people talking about this, but I agree with it too. Parts of Avalon were dragging, dry and boring. And by that I mean, intensely to the point where a reader would consider DNF-ing. I decided to pull through because I still had expectations of this book and pulling through those spots of boring were worth it in the end. Boring parts were followed by actions scenes. And trust me, those action scenes were thrilling and very exciting! The plot was extreme in its points. When it was exciting, it was very exciting and when it was boring, it was terribly dry. Fortunately, the "good" parts covered up the bad. If you're reading this, pull through the part that's boring. I promise it's worth it. Something else about the plot is how characters kept talking. There was a lot of chatter and it needed more action. The showing vs. telling was pretty good, as Arnett had no problem showing us plot points. Another thing that bothered me in particular: (highlight to read. SPOILER) Is when Sierra and Jeth were kissing on their rescue mission. Um guys?! Not the time. Mindee Arnett's writing was very good in describing Jeth. This book was written in 3rd POV which is the POV that I hate the most. With 3rd person, I feel like I can never connect to the character because I'm not hearing from them; I'm hearing from the author themself. With Arnett's writing, I felt a little more like I knew Jeth. She did a wonderful job in portraying the character, but I didn't like Jeth. If Jeth was real, I don't think I would've connected with him either. I felt him to be careless, dumb and letting his personal feelings get in the way of a mission he knew was serious. The only reason it didn't bug me too much was because he had his redeeming qualities. His bravery and loyalty to his crew members pretty much put him on the "Nice List" in my mind. Who did I actually love? Cora. Cora had a very little yet very big role. I didn't like Sierra and felt that she was somewhat annoying and still suspicious. Cora gave an air of awesomeness to the novel because of how much she means to the plot. She was very subtle and yet something to focus on when I was bored, angry or annoyed with the story. I can't wait to see how she develops in Avalon 2. (Obviously, that isn't the title.) I also loved Hammer. His last name kind of made me roll my eyes and snort but that's about it. His character was so developed. He wasn't one of those full-on evil villains. More so, he had layers that showed him to be almost psychotic and a complete genius at the same time. He reminded me of a lot of villains that exist in the real world because I hate it when authors make it so they look black and white. They aren't all bad or all manic. There are lines in between and Hammer is a great example of that. I don't actually like Sci-Fi that much. It's one of those Blurred Lines genres because I love Doctor Who but hated Star Trek and Star Wars. With Avalon, I was a bit confused in the beginning, the world was a little hard to get used to in the beginning, because Arnett didn't take time to explain everything to the reader. The reader has to figure it out for themselves, which is actually a better way of writing a dystopian than "spoon feeding" the reader. I grew to love the world of Avalon. The idea of the metatech and its origins reminds me of an episode of Doctor Who with a few parallels (which also made me love it that much more!) From liking it overall, to taking into account the boring parts, this is what I think about Avalon. Avalon is a pace-changer that's still a thriller and
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I thought it would be The beginning was exciting. All the mystery and intrigue of a group of teenage mercenaries and their mission in space? YES sign me up. But after the beginning ended, I was sorely disappointed. It's slow and it dragged on and on. I have no patience for slow plot lines and I need something to hang on to or I will definitely lose interest. This was the case for Avalon. The writing is decent, and the characters aren't fully developed as I hoped it would be. I just didn't really care about them as much. There were all characters that I've heard of before. But in a way, I was just so bored with the chapters. Sometimes that's just what happens and it happened to me when reading this. Finally, the end picked up the story-line and I was pleasantly awarded with the ending. The villain in this book kept me from DNFing it. I love when villains are super evil and they prose a huge hurdle for our main cast of characters. I did like the fact it was set in space, but the execution I felt needed to include more. It's not a bad start to the series, but I don't know if I will continue with it, only because I didn't connect with any of the characters and that's hard to get into when you're reading a series of books. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for space adventure because there's plenty of that in Mindee's writing.
Date published: 2014-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got me hooked A science-fiction adventure about a group of teen mercenaries, led by Jeth Seagrave. All Jeth wants to do is keep his crew safe and earn enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon. One mission leads Jeth to information that his crime lord boss and the government would be extremely interested in, interested enough to kill, and Jeth has to decide exactly how far he wants to go to get his ship and freedom. I really enjoyed Mindee Arnett’s The Nightmare Affair so reading this book that combined her writing and space was an easy decision. This book gave me the same feeling I would get while watching shows like Firefly, Andromeda, or Space Cases and I loved it. There’s just something about a talented misfit crew in space that draws me in and Jeth’s crew was easy to like. The plot was exciting and really made me wish I had waited to start reading when I had time to read all night, because I wanted to so badly. Instead I was responsible but was still picking it back up on my lunch break and the second I could when I was home. Jeth’s crew, as mentioned, were all easy to like, though I would have liked to see a little more background on them. Jeth definitely ranks high on my favorite characters of the year: determined, protective, loyal to those he cares about, he had flaws and he made mistakes, he was a great leader for his crew. The tension in high in this book and I loved it. The world and technology created was both interesting and terrifying. The power a villain like Hammer had, that’s something that will stay with me. I loved that very little was black or white. This book comes out in January and will likely be re-read it January, this time when I can read it all in one sitting then have a marathon of my favorite sci-fi episodes. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fascinating YA Scify Adventure! "Avalon" is a fast-paced, science fiction novel by Mindee Arnett that's geared to adventure with a small dose of romance. It begins when Jethro Seagrave and his teenage band of thieves are sent on a mission to retrieve a space ship lost in the Belgrave Quadrant, a region of space that's claimed to be haunted. Hummer Dafoe, the Governor of the Peltraz Spaceport and a notorious crime boss has ordered Jeth not to board the salvaged ship, but to bring it straight back. In return he'll not only generously reward the crew but will give Jeth ownership of the Avalon, his parents exploratory vessel. But what Jeth and his band don't expect is to find survivors on the missing ship, and to uncover a plot that would place metatech technology in the hands of criminals. Mindee Arnett writes with panache creating a plot that's imaginative, exciting and captivating from the first page to the last, With clever skilfulness she creates a setting where a Confederation of Planets thousands of light years from First Earth are governed by the Interstellar Transport Authority (ITA) a corrupt authority who's power is derived from their control of metatech technology that allows space travel at the speed of light. Just as ruthless and greedy are the crime bosses who continually find ways to challenge the ITA, seeking a share of their dominance and control.  In a story that's not only gritty and tough at times, but filled with twists and turns as events unfold, are well-developed characters that lend energy, and emotional intensity with all their strengths and weaknesses. Jethro (Jeth) Seagrave, the leader of the Malleus Shades is stubborn, calculating, smart and resourceful. Underneath his cocky, overconfidence he masks a kind, good-natured personality and a deep devotion to his family and friends, even for one who once betrayed his trust. Elizabeth Marie (Lizzie) Seagrave, Jethro's sister, a highly intelligent computer hacker is tender-hearted and trusting, bonded by loyalty to the rest of the team; their apathetic uncle Milton, a broken man plagued by drinking and gambling; the smart and adaptable Celeste; the brave but brusque explosives expert Will Shady and Flynn Emerson an agile and sarcastic mechanic. But of all Mindee Arnett's characterizations, she breathes life into the Avalon, a fast, predatory and fierce space ship which everyone wants to claim, but which owns Jethro's heart and allegiance. Even the antagonists in the story are notable with all their heartless cruelty like Hummer Dafoe, the twisted, rapacious and manipulative crime lord, Sergei Castile an abusive bully, and Marcus Benford, the cruel and perverse Echo Operative. Although the plot includes an element of romance between Jethro and a feisty, hard-headed and untrusting ITA agent, the narrative stays true to the theme of uncovering the mystery of the Aether Project and its implications.  This YA science fiction novel will keep the reader riveted with its fascinating plot and realistic characters. It's a must read which I highly recommend
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting At the start, I wasn't that impressed, because there was no depth to the plotline, but as the book went on, it got more and more complex, and the climaxes had bigger impacts on the story. About half way through, I couldnt put it down. I would recommend this book to any sci fi fans, or anyone who is fascinated by space or technology
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books This book was a HUGE surprise for me! I was not expecting the incredible action, the heart felt characters and crew that I fell in love with, nor was I prepared for the creep factor some of this book has. Jeth is an eighteen year old guy who is part of a team of thieves for an overlord who you cannot trust a lick. Jeth was the kind of male protagonist who I fell madly in love with. He was a leader, strong but incredibly caring, determined and trustworthy and totally swoony. The rest of his crew were his family and the bond they had between them was fantastic. Every secondary character in this book was so well fleshed out and integral to the way the story flowed. The science fiction aspect of the book was brilliantly done too. I was not expecting something so well thought out, with the technology actually making sense and being interesting! There is something so deeply creepy about space sometimes, and Arnett embodied it to the fullest. There is an area of space called the Belgrave, where Jeth and his crew are sent to recover something. The Belgrave is almost like this Bermuda Triangle in apce where creepy things happen, ships disappear and people die. And when the Avalon was in there, I was beyond creeped out by the crazy stuff that happens. The one thing I absolutely loved about Avalon was the twists. Arnett kept me on my toes, not knowing what to expect, who was going to betray who and what was going to happen next. She pulled it off so flawlessly, while keeping the story action packed and a total blast to read, that Avalon needs to be read by any hard core Sci/Fi fan or anyone even wanting to be introduced to the genre!
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High Stakes Sci-fi Adventure in a Fully Realized World Avalon is solid adventure story with a surprising number of twists and turns!  Storyline & world building great for trekkies, browncoats, whovians and possibly the dread pirate roberts.  
Date published: 2014-01-02

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Avalon

Avalon

by Mindee Arnett

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.33 in

Published: January 21, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062235591

ISBN - 13: 9780062235596

From the Publisher

For fans of Josh Whedon's cult classic television showFireflycomes a fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller from author Mindee Arnett, whichNew York Timesbestselling author Kiersten White calls "a heart-pounding, tense joyride of a novel."

Jeth Seagrave and his crew have made their name stealing metatech: the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light. In a world where the agencies that patrol the outer edges of space are as corrupt as the crime bosses who control them, it's as much of a living as anyone can ask for. For years Jeth's managed to fly under the radar of the government that executed his parents for treason—but when he finds himself in possession of information that both the government and the crime bosses are willing to kill for, he's going to find there's no escaping his past anymore.

With pulse-pounding action, a captivating mystery, and even a bit of romance,Avalonis the perfect read for hard-core sci-fi fans and non-sci-fi fans alike.

From the Jacket

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.

About the Author

Mindee Arnett is the author ofAvalonas well asThe Nightmare Affairand its sequel,The Nightmare Dilemma. She lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats.

Editorial Reviews

“Secrets, betrayal, family, team work, and love are all at the heart of Arnett’s book. It is a plot-filled story with twists and turns that will keep readers guessing about what will come next.”