Welcome to Working for the Mandroid's stop on the tour for Mindee Arnett's Polaris. This is the second book in her space heist sci-fi YA series that started with the awesome Avalon. The tour is being hosted by the lovely ladies over at Rockstar Book Tours. You can see the full tour schedule here. Make sure to stick around to the end of the post to enter to win a copy of both Avalon and Polaris.
I am beyond excited to have Jeth, the charmingly rougish space thief protagonist stop by for a few questions. Take it away, Jeth!
Hey Jeth! Thanks for stopping by Working for the Mandroid. I know it can't be easy taking the time to stop by a book blog when you're in the middle of a fight against the ITA and all sorts of other nefarious sorts. How are you and the crew doing today?
Hey, thanks for having me. It makes for a nice break from all the nefarious sorts you mentioned. But I’ve got to admit things are tough. We’re broke and looking for work. Only without Hammer, jobs are a lot harder to come by. But don’t count us out just yet. Giving up is against our nature.
You and your crew seem to constantly be running from one group of baddies or another. What do you do to let off a little steam and prevent yourself from going crazy?
Well, unfortunately there’s not a lot do aboard a spaceship beyond video games, music, and video shows. Back at Peltraz Spaceport, we would unwind at the arcade, the menagerie, dance clubs. All kinds of stuff. My personal favorite spot to let off steam was the shooting simulator. Marksmanship is one of my hobbies. It’s come in handy in my line of work.
Do you think there are any other aliens out there other than the Pyreans? What would you hope they'd be like?
You know, I think it’s possible. As far as what I hope they’d be like…um…perfectly harmless? Alien fluffy bunnies? So long as they don’t want to eat us or anything, then I’m good.
It's adorable how you get along with Cora and help keep her calm by reading her faerie tales. Do you have a particular favorite from childhood that maybe your mom read to you?
Hansel and Gretel. What can I say? I like horror stories, and this one has it all—children lost in the woods, cannibalistic witch, murderous stepmother. But it’s definitely on my don’t-ever-read-to-Cora list.
I really admire the family you've created for yourself with your crew and the loyalty you seem to inspire in this group of ragtag teenagers. What does it take to become part of the Avalon family?
Well, there’s nothing that matters more to me than loyalty. We get into a lot of tight spots. I’ve got to know the people with me have got my back. You’ve also got to pull your own weight, pitch in. I suppose being an orphan doesn’t hurt any. Nearly all of us are. Crew is just another word for family in my book.
Oddly enough I read about your latest adventures while on a ship myself, though mine was on the ocean. Joining you for your adventures helped me forget about my sea sickness. Is there a space equivalent of sea sickness and how do you and your crew deal with it?
Yeah, there is something similar. Whenever something goes wrong with the anti-gravity system, it can wreak havoc on the stomach and head. Fortunately, we always have Flynn around to fix it. If it’s got a plug, battery, or wires, Flynn can get it running.
You and Sierra make a great couple, but living and working together in a spaceship must be difficult. How do the two of you make things work without wanting to rip each other's heads off from being around each other all the time?
Oh, that’s easy. I never give her reason to want to kill me. I mean, whoever would want to kill me? Just kidding. Don’t answer that. Honestly, even though we share a cabin most nights, we still have our own individual cabins. So whenever we need alone time we can get it. But the truth is, Sierra is so easy to be around that it’s rarely an issue. For me, at least. She gets me better than I get myself.
Some day, when you're finally rid of the ITA and the mobsters who all want to utilize your skills, what do you imagine doing with the rest of your life? Settling down? Becoming a respectable spaceship captain? Going on not-so-lawful adventures?
Exploring. That’s what I want to do. I want to be free to find new things and just see what’s out there. But truthfully, so long as I have my ship I’ll be happy doing anything.
Thanks for your time, Jeth! Stay safe and if you ever need a hideout on First Earth, Mandroid's house has a safe room you can hide in and we have cookies!
Thanks for having me. I’ll definitely take you up on the cookies.
To celebrate Jeth's visit, we're giving away a signed copy of both Avalon and Polaris, so you can read up on all of Jeth's space adventures. The contest is opened to US mailing addresses only. Good luck!
Author: Mindee Arnett
Pub. Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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.
Mindee Arnett lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space. She has far more dreams than nightmares.
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