BOOK REVIEW | ZENITH BY SASHA ALSBERG &LINDSAY CUMMINGS

Title: Zenith

Author: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 26, 2018

Genres: Young adult, Science Fiction

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins NZ in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★☆☆

Summary: Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

WHITCOULLS | MIGHTYAPE

zenith is such a weird book to review for me. i both loved it and hated it – i just need to find the words to explain how i felt about it.

the first fifty or so per cent was amazing. i loved it. i thought zenith was going to be one of my new favourite books. then the second half began. honestly, i don’t know why the second half even exists. the book would’ve been amazing had it ended half way. everything had concluded nicely, and i felt content with the plot and characters. the second half could’ve easily been a completely different book as it really wasn’t necessary. it began to drag and become really boring. then zenith would’ve been a good sized novel, not the monster that it actually was.

please tell me i’m not the only one intimidated by large books.

i quite enjoyed the characters. i’ve seen some people compare this to throne of glass, but i disagree. sure, it’s got a kickass leader who happens to have long blonde hair but that’s where the similarities end. if anything, it felt more like a stargate/star trek/star wars inspired book, but hey that’s just me.

i really liked andi at the beginning. i found her very intriguing and relatable, however i don’t think she was deserving of the title “the bloody baroness”. it felt like she was trying too hard and there really wasn’t anything about her that lived up to the title. i’m hoping that the sequel will go into this more but i also have my doubts.

i’ve rated zenith 3 stars because my love for the beginning and my hate for the end. it’s definitely a book that has left me feeling very conflicted.

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