Polaris by Mindee Arnett
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: Daxon Price, the galaxy’s newest and most ruthless 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 crew of the Avalon return for a new adventure in deep space. Jeth is working to save his mother. But she offers a surprising trade that will put everyone at risk in a daring attempt to save an enslaved alien race.
Polaris is the sequel and conclusion to Avalon, an exciting Firefly-like adventure. The crew are outlaws with various specialties that make them good thieves and conmen. This exciting conclusion doesn’t disappoint with plenty of danger, suspense, heart-wrenching drama, and intrigue. Adult and young adult science fiction fans will enjoy this space romp duology. It’s a lot of fun. I only wish it was a longer series that continued past these two novels.