Title: Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
No. of pages: Kindle, 544 pages
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Date Read: April 23, 2019
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.
I’ve owned this ebook on my kindle for a while and I’m so glad that I have finally had a chance to read it. Granted, I finally got to it because I’m on the blog tour for it’s sequel, I finally read it! And I can’t believe I waited this long.
Zenith follows the Bloody Baroness, Androma Racella, a girl on the run who has a loyal crew behind her. She’s caught after a job by her ex-boyfriend, Dex, who she left for dead after he betrayed her. They’re both then hired for a job to rescue and return the son of the General who was taken captive by the enemy of the United Systems, he also happens to be the brother of Andi’s best friend who died in a crash of a ship that Andi was driving. Andi is haunted by her past and those that she’s killed, but she goes along with the mission at hand. Once the rescue of the General’s son is completed, she’s promised the return to her home planet and the pardon of all crimes. But, as with everything in Androma’s life, nothing goes how she plans. What happens next comes out of nowhere and literally had my waiting for the next page to try and connect what would happen next.
It felt a tad slow to start because the action picks right up, but you’re quickly filled in with flashbacks that are distinguishable and that don’t diminish from the present action. Also, there are multiple character views, all in the third person and very distinguishable about who that part of the story is centered around. I actually liked how everything seemed to be built together as you read. Some interesting things happened that I didn’t expect and I loved every minute of it.
One of the biggest things that I loved about this book was the worlds that we see and read about. The Mirabel System is comprised of many different systems and planets within it. We’re introduced to a few of them because the Marauders land on them. We’re given how the planet looks like, the climate on ground, the culture, and the people. But, there are also a few that we’re given but we never see. I loved knowing that the possibilities of seeing and experiencing other planets in future books was there. Alsberg and Cummings really created a great something great with creating an expanse of worlds.
One of my other favorite things was Andi. Andi’s characters is one that is simple, but complex. She’s this girl who’s been through hard traumatic times. She’s built this persona of death, and yet we see that it doesn’t lessen her humanity. She very much feels all the emotions and deals with grief just like any other human. She’s constantly challenged and yet she rises to the challenge with the intent to overcome. Truly, she’s a strong character and I can’t wait to read more of her story in book two.This book was one that I truly liked and I can’t wait to read the next installment. Zenith was one that grew on me and I can’t believe that it took me this long to read it. The sequel, Nexus, releases on May 7th with my blog and instagram post for it out on May 3rd.