Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
First book in the Androma Saga
My Rating – 2* – 5*
‘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.’
This is one of those books that are really hard to review because it’s not a bad book, but it’s not a good book. It’s one of those that are just meh? Maybe by the end of this review I’ll come to a conclusion on if it’s a bad book or a good book.
For me, this book reminded me of Throne of Glass but in space and it made me enjoy it a lot less.
Our main character is Androma Racella and I can’t tell you much about her other than she is a runway who is known as the Bloody Baroness because all in all, she wasn’t that much of a memorable character. I spent most of the start of the chapters which were set in multiple POV’s trying to remember who they are – when that happens a book clearly isn’t that memorable. They weren’t bad characters they just were boring characters who I had seen in other books but done slightly different / a little better.
There are a lot of characters in this story and a lot of back stories for each character so I found it was jumbled together with flashbacks of the past and then back into the present day, I was just confused – I wanted to know more about the characters as they are now before I’m thrown into the past to see what they were like then. If I’m finding out all the back story now what’s left to find out in the later chapters or the next book in this series?
Well, the plot was in the first few chapters and the last few chapters the rest was just looking back at past lives and a lot of sexual tension?
Overall to me, this wasn’t the most enjoyable book to read – I think that’s because I have read a lot of YA books so I’ve seen the tropes of this book done before and in a better way – I think this would be a good book for someone who is just starting to get into YA to read but for me, it wasn’t all that great.
➡️ thank you to HQ and Netgalley for the arc in return for an honest review.