by Lee, Fonda

As seventeen-year-old Carr "the Raptor" Luka rises to fame in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, he learns a devastating secret that jeopardizes not only his future in the sport, but interplanetary relations.

Fonda Lee¬ was born and raised in Canada, spent years as a corporate strategist for Fortune 500 companies, and is now a writer and black belt martial artist living in Portland, Oregon. Visit¬ or follow Fonda on Twitter @fondajlee.¬

Carr Luka is an earth kid, or Terran, originally from Toronto, Canada, who makes his living in exciting zero-gravity boxing matches in the fearsome Cube. When he wins his most important sixth match, he is skyrocketed to fame and fortune by a promoter known as the Martian, and he is assigned a marketing coordinator named Risha to help catapult him to superstardom. While he is a rising star, he is also falling for Risha, not to mention finding out he is not who he thought he was. The action and suspense ramps up as Carr gets both more famous and more nervous about who he is and who he will become along the way. Boxing is a major element of the story, and for that reason, there's plenty of violence, in addition to some sexual content that might make this debut more appropriate for an older teen crowd. This future world isn't too far off (except for the advanced tech), which makes it a thought-provoking read, and the emphasis on boxing might expand appeal to reluctant readers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Boxing gets an upgrade to zero gravity in this futuristic outing.Living centuries in the future, Carr, at 17, has dreams of winning the title. Carr is a zeroboxer, trading punches in a zero-G cube. Carr was born on Earth in "balmy Toronto." As a Terran, he's low on the totem pole socially; Martians, resented on Earth for their genetic modifications, look down on Earth as a backwater. After a few wins, Carr gets a pay raise and a brandhelm to manage his career. However, he learns a secret that brings him close to a criminal conspiracy, and he can't see a way out. Lee creates a believable future world by attaching new surroundings to common experiences. Carr lives in the inner circle on a space station; the wealthy can afford outer apartments with views of Earth. Boxing keeps its familiar customs, such as loud announcers, title belts and trash-talking opponents, but includes weightless flying. As a sports hero, Carr copes with interviews and fans just as today's star athletes d o. More interestingly, the book focuses on ethical issues such as the genetic modifications humans undertook to begin living on Mars and promotes social awareness, focusing on Carr's humble beginnings and his still-impoverished young friend, Enzo. It all adds up to a superior sci-fi outing that doesn't need mad scientists to provide suspense. Top-notch science fiction and a great sports novel too. (Science fiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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