Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Avalon, by Mindee Arnett

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine to spotlight upcoming book releases that we're excited about.

This week's pick:

Release date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Goodreads description:
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.

This sounds really epic! Mindee Arnett, you pretty much had me at 'teenage mercenary'. I haven't really read any of these spaceship books of which there are quite a few around at the moment, but this one sounds a bit different than most of those. I'm also very curious about the world building! Sounds like sci-fi with some dystopian and mobster elements.
What do you think of it? And what book are you highlighting this week?


  1. Sounds good! I think I need to add it to my TBR list. :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. This sounds really good :) I would definitely like to get it.

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  3. I have seen this popping up a lot lately and I am very intrigued to check it out!

  4. I have not heard of this book before, however, it is now at the top of my TBR shelf! It sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Great pick and thank you for sharing.

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  5. Avalon really sounds amazing. That jumble of machinery looks pretty ominous!

  6. Great choice! I can't wait for this either : )

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  7. Oh cool. This was mine a few weeks back. Love the cover & description :)

  8. This one sounds really good and the cover is GORGEOUS also. I can't wait! :D
    Awesome pick Carmen! ;D

  9. I love the sci-fi elements in this one. I read her debut, and I wasn't wowed, but I have high hopes for this one. Great pick!

  10. Mobster sci-fi? Sounds gooo~d. I'll be on the lookout for this :)

  11. Definitely waiting on this one with you hun!! I sounds brilliant, I am feeling sci-fi SO hard lately ♥ And I really enjoyed her Nightmare Dilemma book too! Brilliant pick :D