“He had always looked at the world and seen it in a thousand different colors”
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
There is darkness sweeping across the stars.
Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector.
When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.
Meanwhile, on the far side of 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 final 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 ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.
From internet sensation Sasha Alsberg and author Lindsay Cummings comes a new serialized space opera, full of action, fantastical intrigue, and steamy star-crossed romance.
For fans of popular sci-fi books and fantasy books for teens such as Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Wool by Hugh Howey, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
I admit I was a lot more satisfied with this book than I expected to be. I really couldn’t find it in myself to be intrigued in a book with less than 100 pages but honestly I’m sure when the full novel comes out in hard copy I will be buying it!
The main part of Zenith starts with one of the main characters, Andi, and her all-girl space crew on the run. Andi is known throughout the galaxy as the “Bloody Baroness” which has me interested to see just how far she can go. Although I admit some of the chase did fly over my head as it sounded like something that I have read a lot – space chases are a tad over used. Otherwise, the events after this have intrigued me – I am extremely interested to see where Sasha and Lindsay plan to go with this.
I think the writing in Zenith has brought up the star rating by at least one because if anything is clear it’s that the writing has been written by two very talented writers. It was honestly the writing in the prologue that really pulled me in – the prologue is phenomenal. I really want to find out more about the character from whose point of view it’s told because I’m sure I’m going to love him.
If I had to point out one thing that slightly frustrated me in this book it’d probably just be the use of the word “fiking” – but that’s just a personal peeve – I find that fake swear words irk me. However, of course that doesn’t reflect on the plot or writing at all.
I can see that Zenith really does have a lot of potential and is sure to be a novel I enjoy when it is finally released in full. Personally, looking back I wouldn’t really spend the money on the e-book I’d wait for the complete novel; nevertheless, if people hadn’t bought the e-book the hardcover wouldn’t exist so all is well really!