My Pick This Week: Avalon by Mindee Arnett
“STEALING A SPACESHIP SHOULDN’T BE THIS EASY.
Jeth Seagrave peered around the corner and counted the number of sentries standing at the terminal into the docking bay. There were two of them, both sporting the tan uniforms of local guards, with matching bored expressions.
He slipped back before being spotted. Around him, Kordan Spaceport’s massive concourse, filled with restaurants, shops, and hotels, was mostly empty of people. Even in space, there was such a thing as nighttime.”
~ p. 1
“Come on,” Jeth said. “Give up, already.” He couldn’t remember any job where they’d been pursued this long. There wasn’t much point, really. Most ships were insured against theft. Especially ones owned by corporations like Wellforth.
Finally, Jeth saw the dots on the radar screen begin to fall back.
“Looks like they’re bugging out,” Flynn’s voice said over the comm a moment later.
“Right,” said Jeth. “Let’s get out of here. Jump as soon as you’re clear.”
Both Flynn and Shady echoed a confirmation of his order.
Jeth pulled a pair of dark goggles from a nook on the dash in front of him and slipped them on while Celeste did the same behind him.
“Here we go.” Jeth engaged the metadrive.”
~ p. 56
Initially drawn by the gorgeous cover below, this book has been on my TBR for quite some time. I've liked what I've read thus far.
Book Series: Avalon, Book #1
Author: Mindee Arnett (Twitter)
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Space
Format: Paperback (Amazon)
Length: 448 pages
Release Date: January 20, 2015
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.