Review: Avalon by Mindee Arnett


Review: Avalon by Mindee ArnettAvalon by Mindee Arnett
Series: Avalon #1
Published by Balzer & Bray on January 21st 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Pages: 418
Source: Edelweiss
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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.


So Avalon. It’s definitely for the high sci-fi (is that a thing?) YA readers, rather than the casual YA reader. It’s been described as a great match for fans of Joss Whedon’s cult hit show Firefly. Very understandable so as it’s about a ragtag group of teenage mercenaries, who crew the spaceship Avalon, getting into trouble going on adventures. Having watched Firefly, I can see the correlation, with the high flying space adventure mixed with conspiracies, betrayals (lots, and lots of betrayals),  twist and turns and lessons learned.

The plot is interesting. Jeth and his team is sent into the Belgrave (think the space version of The Bermuda Triangle) to retrieve the lost ship that’s carrying the most dangerous weapon (ever) for his boss, Hammer. Do this, and Jeb can have the Avalon. There’s only one stipulation: no one is to step foot on the lost ship. But it wouldn’t be much of a story if we followed rules right? That’s definitely when the plot twists and turns really started to build. And like I mentioned, a lot of betrayal. Sometimes I wonder if the only reason why Jeb managed this far is because he’s the main character of the book, and therefore has a slight free pass to get out of ridiculous situations. There’s definitely a lot of action too, since there’s conflict between three different parties ( Jeb and his crew, Hammer and his, and the ITA), and everyone’s getting pretty desperate.

Though I did enjoy it, I feel like it’s definitely not for everybody though. The flow of the story was a bit up and down, with parts being entertaining, others intriguing, while some of it was just kind of boring. I didn’t make too much of a connection with the characters, but the story becomes interesting enough that I stuck it out. I do want to  mention the romance a bit. It felt a bit forced but as it was pretty minimal that I felt like did lend something to the story well enough without it become all about the romance or overbearing.

Overall it had its ups and downs but still an entertaining sci-fi read.  I’ll probably be picking up the second book to see more the crew.

{*Thank to Balzer & Bray & Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange for the an honest review.


About Mindee Arnett

YA Author of THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR, a contemporary fantasy coming March 5, 2013 from Tor Teen (Macmillan) and AVALON, a YA sci-fi thriller coming Winter 2014 from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). Represented by the fabulous Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary. Addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space.


Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: Avalon by Mindee Arnett”

  1. I actually have this one for review, but haven’t read it yet. I’ve seen some pretty middling ratings for it and I don’t usually read a lot of sci fi, so I’m wondering if I’ll enjoy it. Your mention of a lot of betrayal is intriguing and if you liked it enough to continue on with the series is promising. Great review!

    1. I definitely felt this leaned more to the more traditional of sci-fi, but it wasn’t a bad read! There’s a few parts I though were kinda slow, so you might need to power through those parts 😉 But I hope you do enjoy it anyway! Thanks (:

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  3. I think you might mean “hard SF.” 😉

    1. ooh! That makes so much more sense haha. High Fantasy.. Hard Sci-Fi, I can dig it haha. Thanks!

  4. Too bad some of it was boring

    1. Yeah…that happens sometimes.

  5. You’re definitely right that it contained heaps of twists and turns! That kept me in the edge of my seat. But I agree, it’s not for everyone. It’s a bit heavier on the sci fi space thing that most (that’s why I enjoyed it). Think I need to watch Firefly now! Lovely review Cyn.

    1. You couldn’t trust anybody right?!
      Definitely check out Firefly! It’s pretty awesome and totally worth it, especially if you liked Avalon.
      Thanks Jeann!

  6. I am a die hard sci-fi fan so I’m still giving this book a try

    1. I feel like this book is definitely made more for the hardcore sci-fi fan haha. I hope you enjoy it!

  7. I can’t say I’m a massive fan of sc-fi (I actually only just started getting into it last year) so I’m not sure if I will end up reading this or not. Especially if theres some boring bits because I tend to put the book down and get too reluctant to open it up again.

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