An exhilarating sci fi romp, with an ingenious futuristic twist on a classic sport awaits readers within the pages of 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 place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.
I’ll admit, I’m not normally a huge fan of science fiction … and I’m not really a sports fan, either. But I AM a fan of Zeroboxer. Lee does a fantastic job of making both the genre and her dreamed up sport of zero gravity boxing extremely approachable to readers. I was never got caught up in the particulars of her science fiction world, and I never got lost in the details of each fight. Rather, I was on the edge of my seat as the action unfolded — both within the fighting ring, and beyond.
Because beyond the science fiction and the fighting, Zeroboxer has a little dash of The Godfather, with Carr caught in the midst of a major crime ring. Being a sucker for mob stories, I particularly loved this aspect of the story — which is what really elevates Zeroboxer beyond what you’d expect from a science fiction novel. It’s a crime drama; a story about the human narrative — a teen boy seeking love, fame, fortune, but more than anything else, to do the right thing and find his place in the universe.
A fast, thrilling read, Zeroboxer will appeal to readers regardless of their feelings on the sci fi genre. It’s just a good story, and easily engrossing. It’s in stores now.