Review of Polaris by Mindee Arnett

By: Mindee Arnett
Release Date: Balzer + Bray
Publisher: January 20th 2015
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

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.

My Thoughts:
I read Avalon, the beginning of this dualogy, last year and found it to be an enjoyable read. It had a creepy atmosphere that I had hoped would span into this novel but did not. I thought that would disappoint me but I was nicely surprised. In Polaris Arnett really upped the tension and heartbreak for her main character Jeth.

There must be something wrong with  me because I love for a main character to be pushed to the brink and be generally tortured emotionally. I felt that Arnett really put her characters through much more strife in this book than the first. I felt that Jeth, in particular,  had a lot of emotional growth throughout the series and I really began to connect to him in this second book. So many horrible things were done to him and those he loved it was actually painful to read (which I loved). I wanted to see his world be turned inside out. I wanted to see his nightmares become reality–isn’t that awful of me? Arnett delivered and for me, it made this novel (and series in general) stronger.

One of my problems with the first book was my lack of emotional connection to the characters and their welfare. Thankfully I was able to connect to the cast of characters and began to find myself fearing for them. Even the secondary cast seemed better rounded and their interactions and dialog more fulfilling. The romance still fell a tad flat for me but since it was such a small part of the story it worked out.

As for the story itself, I enjoyed where Arnett took things and I really liked that we got to learn more about Marian (Jeth’s mother). The action felt consistent with the first novel and really these two books flowed very well together. I felt that the loose ends were tied up well and nothing was left unexplored.

Final Thoughts:
I felt that Polaris took the series to a better place because I was able to find an emotional attachment to Jeth and the rest of the characters. I liked that Arnett went darker in this final book and still managed to bring things around and provide a good conclusion.


  1. says

    Eeeek, I really hope I like this book when I read it. I wasn’t much of a fan of the first book because the emotional connection was lacking. Worst feeling to have. I just hope this book gives me the friendships! Found family, please!

    • says

      Hrm…I don’t know if it had the family/friends feels as much as you’d like. I didn’t connect that well in Avalon either but wanted to see how Arnett was going to end things and it was a good conclusion for me. It still wasn’t amazing but worth the read.

  2. says

    I read Avalon and I had my issues with it but I ended up liking it. I haven’t read Polaris because I didn’t get a chance to snag an ARC [and now, i’m bogged down by all my physicals] but I really like this review! It’s great and now I feel like I know what to expect 🙂

    • says

      I’m so happy the review helped Nova! I wasn’t blown away with Avalon but I had really high expectations. Overall, I think the series was fun and worth the read. I’ll be curious what you think when you read it.

  3. says

    YAY! I’m so happy to hear you really liked this one too! I must write my review soon too!
    I felt like the tension and the pacing was fantastic in this one and it was all resolved very well, even with the sacrifices along the way.

    • says

      Yes, the tension was well done and I thought it was a better read than the first book. I love that it’s a two book series. I can’t wait to read your review Pili,

    • says

      I think going in with low expectations ( I did) will work best. I did enjoy it more than the first…I’d be interested which you will prefer.

  4. says

    I am in the middle of this book right now and I have to agree. I was even on the fence about reading it at all because, while I liked Avalon, there was a certain disconnect. Book two seems to have hit its stride….

    • says

      I was on the fence about reading it too but then Mindee kept talking about how tough a time Jeth had it and I knew I’d like to read it, haha. I can’t wait to see your final thoughts Kate.

  5. says

    Yay 😀 Great review Kristen. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this one, despite some issues. Book one was a three star for me, but I can't really remember all that much! Eeek. But I shall read my ebook of this one this month sometime. I hope I'll enjoy it too. And hoping I can read it without remembering all the details, lol 🙂 Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

    • says

      I hope you enjoy it Carina! You’ll have to let me know as you read it so I can hear your thoughts. I thought I wouldn’t be able to remember anything from the first but it all came back pretty easily.

  6. says

    Oh I didn’t realize that this was just a duology, I might actually finish this then. Glad to hear Polaris step it up a notched and you had better character connection! Great review, Kristen (:


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