Written by: Fonda Lee
Age Range: 12 and up
Paperback: 360 pages
Publication Date: April 8, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Scifi | dystopia
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A Sci-Fi Thrill Ride Set in the Action-Packed Sports Arena of the Future
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 place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.
Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee sends us on a totally new extreme fighting thrill ride with an endearing romance to boot.
Luka Carr is the up and coming hopeful for the Zeroboxer championship. His talent is unsurpassed. He is assigned a brandhelm, a personal promoter named Risha. The attraction is evident immediately between Luka and Risha and sparks soon fly.
This is a very different world they live in. Mars is colonized. Space stations offer vacation retreats (hence the zero gravity) and old earth is now called Terran. Genetic altering is banned but genetic enhancements (scanning) is encouraged to avoid bad eye sight, genetic illnesses, etc. allowing an individual to obtain modifications that will fix their deficiencies.
Luka’s dream is to become a hero with the Terran cities while his brandhelm, Risha is part Martain. Tension is growing between the Martians and Terran born which doesn’t matter to either Risha or Luka. But as Luka becomes more famous a powerful secret is revealed that could derail not only his hopes for the championship but his totally career and his hopes to become a role model for Terran.
You can’t deny that Zeroboxer is a kick butt fighting storyline but Lee also manages to give us a great romance and side story that will keep you vested till the end. There is also strong supporting characters and a very unique and original plot.
I really enjoyed reading Zeroboxer. The story is told with lots of betrayal, love, friendship and action. Zeroboxer has a little something for everyone, MMA type fighting, scifi/futuristic dyspotia, romance, and action.
I received this ARC copy of Zeroboxer from Flux in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication April 8, 2015.