Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.
As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices put everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.
Carr is a talented and successful zeroboxer (zero-G boxing) nearing the peak of his career. A beautiful, marketing guru to assist with his brand is hired for him, and they soon form a romantic relationship. But everything Carr holds dear is threatened suddenly.
The stunning cover alone drew me to this one. Zeroboxer is a unique, YA science fiction debut. The idea of zero-G boxing is clever and well-executed. I often felt like I was watching a movie. This fun and exciting standalone novel includes plenty of action, suspense, intrigue, and romance. Scifi and boxing fans alike will enjoy this well-paced story.