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For fans of Josh Whedon's cult classic television show Firefly comes a fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller from author Mindee Arnett, which New York Times bestselling 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, Avalon is the perfect read for hard-core sci-fi fans and non-sci-fi fans alike.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 147 x 219 x 34mm | 485g
  • English
  • 0062235591
  • 9780062235596
  • 870,190

Back cover copy

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.
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Review quote

"Avalon will pull you into the darkest reaches of space-and you'll be glad to be there. A heart-pounding, tense joyride of a novel." -- Kiersten White, author of the New York Times-bestselling Paranormalcy series

"This is an exciting piece of science fiction that keeps up its energy from beginning to end ... it is sure to be one of the most popular releases in the genre this year." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Arnett's fast-paced space western combines S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders (1967) with television's Firefly in what appears to be the beginning of a promising series. Sci-fi fans will gulp it down in one sitting and ask for more." -- ALA Booklist

"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." -- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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3,993 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,165)
4 35% (1,381)
3 26% (1,022)
2 7% (298)
1 3% (127)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) Jeth is a thief, and he’s good at it. Leader of a gang of teens who work for an extremely powerful man, Jeth is slowly saving his money in hopes of buying back the Avalon – his dead parent’s spaceship, which his uncle lost whilst gambling. When Jeth is approached by a man claiming to be from the ITA (Interstellar Transport Agency), and offered a deal in which he would get his ship back, he is loath to cross his boss Hammer, and instead tries to use the situation to his advantage with his boss. Things take a turn for the worse though, and suddenly Jeth and his crew end up in a very dangerous and risky position. Can Jeth really gain anything from such a dodgy situation though? Can he keep his younger sister from being sent to work in a brother by his boss? And who can he really trust? This was an interesting sci-fi/dystopian, but I lost interest towards the end. Jeth was an okay character, but I did think him a little too trusting and naïve at times. When he thought his situation was getting better and better, I thought it was getting worse and worse! The storyline was good, and I loved the creepy moments we got at the beginning. This book reminded me a bit of the film ‘Event Horizon’ at points, and I really was creeped out in some of the earlier chapters. Unfortunately though I felt like the story lost its way a bit around the 50% mark. Although we continued to have lots of interesting developments, I found myself really easily distracted which wasn’t the case at all in the earlier chapters. I also felt like some of the explanations of things which we received became a little hard to believe, even in the sci-fi setting of this book, which spoiled certain parts for me. There was some romance, although again there were trust issues, and it was quite difficult to work out who would betray who. There were again some twists in the relationships in this book though which was good. The ending was okay, but I had lost interest by that point to be honest. I will probably read the sequel because I really liked the first half of this book, but it did become a bit boring towards the end. Overall; started strong but lost its way a bit towards the end. 7.5 out of 10.show more
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