Series: Avalon #1
Published by HarperCollins on January 21st 2014
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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.
Once upon a time, the phrase DNF (Did Not Finish) was not in my vocabulary. But sometimes you find those reads that simply do not click. These unfortunate, DNF reads are cataloged within the DNF Chronicles. Even though the book and I did not click, we hope that you will still give any of the books featured a shot.
Read to: Chapter 3… or 4. Somewhere in that range.
Usually when I see a book that I had liked has been transformed into a t.v. show, I try it. Same goes with movies. I always like comparing what I “see” in a book with its corresponding media. Sometimes I like it. Sometimes I don’t. With Avalon, it was a little different this time. The summary boasts that it is for fans of Firefly. While supposedly not based on the show at all, I have seen numerous reviews of people pretty much comparing the two’s striking similarities to each other. Well, really Avalon‘s similarities to the show. Regardless of how close they really are or whatever argument you may have about it, the fact remains the same: Avalon was a DNF for me.
Now before you go up in arms about how great this book was, I have confession… I have never liked Firefly. (Don’t hit me!)
For years, I had to listen to my husband, my friends, and even one of my old bosses sing the praises of this show. How great it was. How sad they were that it got canceled. You imagine it… I probably heard it. And every single one of them have tried on a least more than one occasion to get me “into” Firefly. It has never worked. I have never gotten past the second episode. I am not going to bemoan Firefly. I just never got into it. I was dare I say it… bored.
Why does that matter in regards to Avalon?
Honestly, it may not. But it also may explain a bit why Avalon was a DNF for me. I wanted to liked Avalon. I really, really did. I knew going into it the comparsions to Firefly, but that didn’t bother me. We have all seen comparsions in the past and wonder who the hell came up with that. In my own way, I had really hoped for that. By even the second chapter, I was bored-ish. I had a feeling how everything was going to be set up, and I wasn’t excited to keep going. After the next few chapters, I knew I was done. The drive to keep going wasn’t there. I knew I just had to DNF Avalon and move on.