Synopsis: 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 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 into two.
Andin 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 towards the unknown, and Mirabel hands in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.
Hey, guys! I finally managed to come up with a way to write a review about this book, and, as usual with books that I give low-ratings to, this is pretty much me pointing out what I didn’t like about it and why. It’s not long but still, brace yourselves!
“Zenith” by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings was kind of an experience…one I rather not pay for. I’d say this book didn’t manage to reach my expectations, but that would be a lie because I actually went into it with ZERO expectations. After all, besides having a bad feeling about it, I had no idea what to hope for. And that’s pretty much why I’m not surprised by how this book went down with me because I actually expected it. It all sounded way too pretty to be true! Now, before complaining about everything that made me give this book such an uncommon and unpleasant rating—coming from me, I’d like to admit that Androma’s story had potential, it just never managed to reach it. Not even a 55%, to be honest. And you’ll get an idea why as you keep reading this.
The primal thing that got on my nerves about this book was “The Bloody Baroness” herself, who never really lived up to her name or her “reputation”. I expected her to be badass, and yes, also weak and caring at times, but she ended up being an inconsistent mess. I couldn’t find a way to connect with her and didn’t even know how to handle her inconsistent emotions—not even with the flashbacks, yet I survived. Another problem was the fact that none of the characters felt developed enough for me to actually care about them or at least be interested the parts they played in the story. They were just eh. The different and unnameable cities and planets we got to visit through Androma’s bloody journey also bothered me. Even though they were meant to be vast planets and systems, they felt like small and uninteresting cities; they were all unique in their own way, be it with their population, nature, government or whatever, but they had little to be desired. Some were mentioned, some were visible, others were actually visited, but none of them were especial enough to leave me wanting to know more about them. And the last thing that bothered me? Basically everything about the plot, especially the way it was distributed through multiple points of view that felt pretty pointless to me. It felt like it had been annoyingly expanded just to fit into a word goal. In other words, I feel like this book could’ve been way shorter than it ended up being and maybe, just maybe, it would’ve been better. But since that wasn’t the case. . .
Overall, Zenith was a unnecessary long mess and, because of that, it turned out to be my worst read of 2018. Don’t ask me how I managed to finish reading it because I don’t even know myself, okay? And that’s all I have to say about this book. NEXUS, also known as the sequel, is coming out sometime this year and I’m scared to see what it holds YET I’m really hoping it ends up being way better than this one! Good luck to all of those who are continuing with this series! I doubt I will—unless I get too curious!
Have you read this book? Did you managed to enjoy it or not? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
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