Title: Nexus (The Androma Saga #2)
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
No. of pages: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Date Read: April 30, 2019
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Her ship is gone, her crew is captured and notorious mercenary Androma Racella is no longer the powerful Bloody Baroness, but a fugitive ruthlessly hunted across the Mirabel Galaxy. The bloodthirsty Queen Nor now rules most of the galaxy through a mind-control toxin and she’ll stop at nothing to destroy her most hated adversary.
Andi will risk anything, even her precious freedom, to find a cure. Stranded with her unlikely ally, Dex, on the unforgiving ice planet of Solera, their plan to infiltrate a black-market city proves dangerously irresistible.
Back in Arcardius, Nor’s actions have opened Mirabel to invasion. As Andi’s crew fights to regain their freedom, Andi and Dex discover a threat far greater than anything they’ve faced before.
Only by saving their mortal enemy can the crew of the Marauder make one last desperate strike to save the galaxy—unaware that a shattering, centuries-old secret may demand the most wrenching sacrifice of all.
First, many thanks to Harlequin Teen for sending me a finished copy of the book for review.
Guys. This is a great continuation story. Nexus was a perfect ending to this saga and I really hope that Alsberg and Cummings (and the publisher) decide to give us more of these characters and this universe.
Nexus picks right up where Zenith ended. Andi has been wounded, she’s lost her crew, her ship is half destroyed, and one of her only allies is her ex. Nor Solis has taken over the universe and is using her brother’s compulsion abilities to make everyone think that she is her queen. Valen, wanting to please his sister, is slowly destroying himself. Dex just wants the girl he loves safe, but she keeps throwing herself in harm’s way. Slowly, all of their stories mesh together and each one has an interesting tie to an enemy/ally named Arachnid. What happens in this story is some of the most creative storytelling that I’ve ever read. Alsberg and Cummings left me wanting more at the end of every chapter and I couldn’t believe that it was over when I finished.
I loved this continuation of Andi’s story. Truly, she’s the centerpiece. Unfortunately, that’s horrible for her, but great reading for us. Andi really has no clue what has happened and Dex is left to fill in the pieces, but he just wants to keep her safe. I really enjoyed their story arc in this book. It was interesting to see what would happen due to some events of the first book. They really have a great friendship and partnership. I loved the ending that they got.
I also think that Lira, Andi’s second really got some spotlight in this book. But Lira’s view also gave us some understanding of what was happening while under the compulsion. It really was great to be able to look back at the first book and see the differences of thought between normal Lira and under-compulsion Lira. I think it brought a depth into these books that we might not have gotten otherwise. It really brought the danger of Valen’s power into focus.
Again, I was blown away by the world building that Alsberg and Cummings created. We get to see a whole Underground civilization, more of the worlds mentioned in the first book, and also see the destruction of worlds that we had already seen. They really did a great job of keeping the continuity within both books and expanding what they had already written.
Nexus was honestly such a great read. I can’t wait to read it again!! Alsberg and Cummings have created such a fun space saga where the events within the books are unpredictable. I couldn’t believe the twists in this story when I read them. Nexus will definitely keep you reading and I didn’t want it to end. Nexus releases May 7th (this coming Tuesday). I really hope this is one you’ll add to your reading list. I’m adding it again on to mine!
Sasha Alsberg is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of Zenith: The Androma Saga.
When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland she is making YouTube videos on her channel abookutopia. She lives in Massachusetts wtih her dogs, Fraser and Fiona.
For her writing, she is represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary.
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Lindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling co-author of Zenith., along with her duology, The Murder Complex from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy The Balance Keepers, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. She is represented by Pete Knapp at Park Literary in NYC.
Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, writes full time from her home in the deep woods in N. Texas, and loves to chat with fellow book nerds. Lindsay created the #booknerdigans hashtag.
She’s still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts — it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter @authorlindsayc or on instagram @authorlindsaycummings
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