Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book Review: Polaris, by Mindee Arnett

Polaris, the sequel to Avalon, grabbed me much more strongly that the first book.

I liked Avalon, but felt a disconnect with the characters. But in Polaris, the tension mounted and I got really caught up in the outcome.

I was surprised how easily I got comfortable with this setting and these characters without a recap of the first story. Jeth is still trying to rescue his mom and keep his sister from being taken by the ITA. The ITA are desperate to find Jeth and his ship, the Avalon. He's trying hard to stay one step ahead of them, but not always succeeding.

I really enjoy the world that Arnett has created. Those implant things are creepy, and the science fiction of the Pyrean beings is fascinating without being too overwhelming. Even if you don't really understand the science, (it is fiction after all) it's still a fun concept. The characters are more distinct in Polaris, and there's more strife among them. It is difficult to tell who can be trusted. There are surprising twists to keep you turning pages, and then sometimes things go totally off the rails. The fate of the entire world is at stake, and I felt my heart pounding a couple of times.

Reading sometimes has to do with the mood you are in, so maybe I was just in the right mood to continue this story, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend the series if you enjoy some space travel excitement and some seriously evil bad guys. You need to read Avalon first, if you haven't.

Published by Balzer + Bray, January 20, 2015
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
432 pages

Rating: 4.5/5





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2 comments:

  1. I have heard from others that this book was much better than the first. Easy to connect to characters, better pace. It hink the first book was more a build up and now the story can just take off. glad you liked it.

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  2. I haven't tried this series before but I have heard a lot of good things about Polaris.The science fiction sounds intriguing. Glad you enjoyed it more than the first book!

    -Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

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