Sunday, 11 January 2015

Review: Polaris by Mindee Arnett

Title: Polaris (Avalon #2)
Author: Mindee Arnett

Release date: January 20th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: eARC
Pages: 292

Source: Edelweiss

Following the events of Avalon, Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. Jeth is desperate to find the resources and funding he needs to rescue his mother from an ITA’s research lab and leave this whole galaxy behind for a new life somewhere else. But the ITA is just as desperate, and soon Jeth finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing Jeth and his crew—dead or alive. In a last-ditch effort to save everyone he holds dear, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he'd see again: Dax Shepherd, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. And he’s not the only one: upon arriving back at Peltraz spaceport for the first time since he witnessed the death of his old employer, Jeth discovers Dax has a new partner: Jeth’s mother, Marian.

This shocking turn of events is only the first in another breathless, action-packed sci-fi adventure rife with danger, love, and betrayal, as Jeth has to once again ask himself how much he’s willing to invest in a morally bankrupt galaxy in the hopes of saving those he cares for.

Avalon wasn't such a great read for me, but unfortunately Polaris wasn't either. In fact, I think I liked Avalon better. This one drags quite a bit, with not much going on, and when things do happen, they're unbelievable even for this sci-fi series. I was hoping for something closer to Firefly, since I loved that show, but the only thing they have in common is the premise.

Jeth is focused on finding his mother now that he knows she's alive. And he's also on the run from the ITA along with the rest of the crew. One instance as they're carrying out a job, things go wrong and Jeth is face-to-face with a new enemy. His relationships with his crew get messed up, and Jeth slowly loses confidence in himself. He turns to Jax out of desperation, and finds his mother there with him. But she's not the woman Jeth knew as a child, and he needs to figure out a way to get his freedom before he loses even more.

I really didn't like a lot of the decisions Jeth makes in this book, and I still couldn't bring myself to like Sierra, his girlfriend. And then something happens that makes me dislike two of his crewmates, ones that I really liked before. So in the end I didn't end up caring about any of them, really. And that's a problem in a YA book because I feel like what sets YA apart is that we can connect more easily with the characters.

A couple things I did like - we get to know more about metaspace and why it exists. That was a cool revelation. I also like Lizzie, Jeth's sister. One of the only logical, not crazy people in the book. There are also more shockers in this that I didn't see coming, and though several of them are pretty far-fetched, I liked that the book could still catch me by surprise. Of course, most of this happens towards the end of the book, like in Avalon. Except for one incident right at the beginning that I think should not have happened at all, as there was no reason for it.

I was pretty confused about the new villainous character - the Storm that Rises or whatever he calls himself. It was super random, and we don't even know his backstory or why he does what he does. He's just popped into the book and he becomes the main villain around which the climax sets itself? It was weird. 

Three-quarters into the book, I began skimming, because honestly I just wanted to get it over with. The last thirty-odd pages brought me back in, though. Those were great, a nice climatic end to the series. But thirty awesome pages out of the entire book can't redeem it in my eyes. Polaris was a disappointment for me overall, which really sucks because the premise is fantastic. I just wish we'd got to see more of the space and planets instead of random drama among the crew and Jeth's implant struggles.

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 2/5


  1. Noooo. Sobs. I'm starting this book today. And now I'm worried I won't like it either :( book one was a three star for me, but hoping I would enjoy this one more :p Fingers crossed, though. I'm sorry you had issues with it :( But thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

  2. It's always tough for me to write a review about a book I didn't particularly enjoy. You did a fantastic job! I look forward to reading many more of your reviews. =)


  3. The one villain guy that reminded me of Emperor Palpatine also confused me - I didn't really like the inclusion of this character. In the very beginning, adding him in felt very forced, and that feeling continued throughout the story. And unfortunately for me, I never like Sierra. But I was more of a fan of Jeth than it seemed you were :o Overall, I liked this one... but I can totally see why you didn't!

    Fantastic review, Richa!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!


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