Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: Polaris (Avalon #2) by: Mindee Arnett

Release Date: January 20, 2015
from Balzer & Bray
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Jeth Seagrave and his crew of mercenaries are pulled into one last high-stakes mission in this breathtaking sequel to Mindee Arnett’s fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi thriller Avalon.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. The ITA, still holding Jeth’s mother in a remote research lab, is now intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth’s sister Cora carries inside her DNA, and Jeth is desperate to find the resources he needs to rescue his mother and start a new life outside the Confederation. But the ITA is just as desperate, and Jeth soon finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing him and his crew—dead or alive.

With nowhere to run and only one play left, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he’d see again: Daxton Price, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. Dax promises to help Jeth, but his help will only come at a price—a price that could mean sacrificing everything Jeth has fought for until now.

The conclusion to the story Mindee Arnett began in her acclaimed novel Avalon, Polaris is a dangerous journey into the spaces between power and corruption, life and death, the parts of ourselves we leave behind, and the parts we struggle to hold on to."

My Thoughts:

I’ve been in a massive reading slump since A Court Of Mist And Fury (it's been months now). It’s just a very hard book to follow. I’ve struggled and DNFed quite a few reads. So I decided I really needed something different and the kind of book I hadn’t read in a while. This is where Polaris came in. It’s been a long time since I’ve read (read not listened) to a sci-fi book and it was just what I needed. I thought Polaris was a great sequel to Avalon and liked it even more than the first book.

I gotta start with Jeth because I love his character. I love how resourceful he is and that it is so hard to keep him down. He fights for what he wants and never counts himself out. Even when things seem to be at their worst, Jeth finds a way. But he doesn’t do it alone; he needs the help of his friends and family.

And that brings me to Sierra. Sierra and I didn’t get along all that well in Avalon, mostly because I had a hard time forgiving her for something. But in Polaris I really came to love her. She doesn’t take crap from anyone, she is super smart, and she is willing to make difficult decisions. I really loved her and Jeth together because their relationship drama wasn’t front and center. Actually there wasn’t really much of it. Any time they fought or there was tension, I never had this feeling that they didn’t have one another’s back and I really loved that. They worked well together and I really enjoyed watching that.

Polaris delivered the twists and turns just like Avalon but even more so. This book never went the direction I expected it to go and I loved that it kept me on my toes. That makes the reading experience all the better and kinda makes me regret putting this one off as long as I did. If I had to pick one drawback to Polaris it would probably be the super sci-fi aspects. There were certain things with pyreans and what not that kinda made me scratch my head cause it was really out there, but its sci-fi so it is to be expected and it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book.

All in all, Polaris was a great way to wrap up the duology and I’m glad I finally made time for this one. It was action and twists from beginning to end. I highly recommend this series for sci-fi fans.

5 comments:

  1. I still need to read Avalon but I was curious to see what you made of the sequel. Knowing you liked it more AND that it helped you out of a slump makes me want to get into the series even more. I understand your slump though - I had a huge one after Raven King, then ACOMAF and now I'm in another one thanks to a HP reread. GREAT review here^^ Sci-fi with lots of twists sounds brilliant :D

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    1. It is a fun series and deff good when you need something different.

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  2. Loved that this one pulled you out of a reading slump- I hate reading slumps but have a hard time not finishing a book.

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  3. I agree, this one was a bit better than the first book and took some turns I never did expect, which I was so very happy for. I'm also with you on the whole pyreans thing as well. I was so thrilled I was able to get lost in this one. And it was a wonderful conclusion to the series.

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  4. I LOVE that this is a duology -- and that the sequel surpassed the first book! And I'm so glad Sierra redeemed herself for you in this one. So happy you enjoyed this one, Wifey. This is going on my list. Wonderful review! Love you to pieces xo

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