Waiting on Wednesday (33): Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

by Mindee Arnett
Release Date:  January 21, 2014
Published by Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins

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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

I’m pretty much a fan of anything set in space, and this one sounds really fantastic.  It does sound a lot like Firefly, but I love that show, so bring it on!

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I’ll stop by your blog! 


  1. BookaddictBieke

    October 16, 2013 at 8:48 am

    I've seen this one before! I'm not that good with Sci-Fi, but maybe I'll give this one a try because it sounds great! :D
    My WoW

    Bieke @ Istyria book blog

  2. Jessie Marie

    October 16, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I freaking love sci-fi. And throw it in space? Oh, I'm so there. I haven't seen Firefly so I'm anxious to read this and see what it's all about. ; ) Great feature.

  3. Jenn Renee

    October 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    so excited for this one too! Awesome pick!

  4. Brandi Kosiner

    October 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    This sounds good. Hope you get to read it soon!
    Brandi at Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. Hazel Vee

    October 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Didn't she write The Nightmare Affair (which I'm reading right now!)? I didn't know she was coming out with another title! Great pick!

    I'm waiting on Dorothy Must Die, check it out here:

  6. pagesunbound

    October 17, 2013 at 5:17 am

    For some reason I haven't really gotten in to space-themed YA books. I like to think I generally enjoy science fiction (I like Ender's Game, at least), so I should check more novels like this one out!

    You might want to look into Tracked by Jenny Martin, if you haven't heard of it yet. It's scheduled for 2014 right now.

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