Carr “the Raptor” Luka is an athletic phenom, a rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing. Training and competing aboard the lunar orbiting city-station of Valtego (where It’s More Fun on the Dark Side TM), all he’s ever wanted is to win the championship title.
His talent and marketability don’t go unnoticed by the top brass of the Zero Gravity Fighting Association. They assign him a brandhelm; after all, anyone who wants to be anyone needs a dedicated personal marketing strategist. Beautiful and ambitious, Risha is one of the genetically engineered Martian colonists that Earth dwellers view with resentment and suspicion. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity, and stolen his heart along the way.
But success could be the worst thing that happens to them. As his fame grows, Carr must come to terms with the fact that he’s become an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet now angry at falling into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. When Carr learns of a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating personal secret. Not only will his choices place into jeopardy everything he holds dear, they may spill the violence from the sports arena out into the solar system.
An action-loaded story of celebrity, competition and personal responsibility, Zeroboxer is available from Flux.
Suitable for ages 14 and up.
- An Andre Norton Award Finalist
- A Junior Library Guild Selection
- An ALA Top 10 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
- An Oregon Book Award Finalist
- An Oregon Spirit Book Award Winner
- Listed on CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) Choices
- Named to VOYA’s Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
- Named to the Tayshas High School Reading List
- Lincoln Award Finalist (Illinois Teen Reader’s Choice)
- Gateway Readers Award Finalist (Missouri Teen Reader’s Choice)
“A superior sci-fi outing.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A thought-provoking read.” —Booklist
“Lee’s debut novel is an intense, smart, and action-packed read.” —VOYA (5Q rating)
“A strong debut from Lee, combining brutal, visceral athletic scenes with science fiction action, all woven around a complex moral dilemma.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“This gripping sci-fi novel will have teens screaming for a sequel.” —School Library Journal