Review: Zenith | A Fun Space Romp

Review: Zenith | A Fun Space RompZenith by Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings
Narrator: Stephen Dexter, Caitlin Davies, Nicole Zanzarella, Michael Rahhal, Jane Oppenheimer, Jordan Claire McCraw
Series: The Androma Saga #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on July 31, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Paperback, Audiobook
Pages: 576
Length: 14 hrs 44 mins

From #1
New York Times
bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings comes the first book in The Androma Saga, an action-packed thrill ride of adventure, intrigue and steamy star-crossed romance

Known across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what mercenary work they can find to stay alive.

When a routine job goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew find themselves placed at the mercy of a dangerous bounty hunter from Andi’s past. Coerced into a life-threatening mission, and straight into the path of a shadowy ruler bent on revenge, Andi and her crew will either restore order to the ship—or start a war that will devour worlds.

Andi (aka the Bloody Baroness) and the crew have been tracked down by some old enemies and now they need to rescue a general’s son in exchange for their freedom and, of course, money. Duh. They’re mercenaries.

I know that Zenith has a lot of mixed reviews but I had a lot of fun with it. I’m not a huge scifi fan and I honestly don’t like hardcore scifi. This book instantly pulled me in with a fun space race that was reminiscent of Star Wars. That’s not to say it was a copy, but it gave me a similar Han Solo racing vibe, and I was totally there for it!

By the time I was 50 pages into the book, I knew I would need the second one; and that didn’t change by the end of the book.

The relationships between Andi and her crew were sweet and endearing. I particularly enjoyed Gilly and Breck’s relationship. Watching Andi and Dex interact was also a treat and I enjoyed watching their opinions and views of each other evolve. Lira… I didn’t enjoy her so much. There was nothing wrong with her, I just didn’t find her story or personality as gripping.

Now, I do wish that Andi had lived up to her name, Bloody Baroness more than she did, that would have been awesome to see. Her relationship with Dex… while I enjoyed it, I feel like after everything is explained about why they did what, there’s not that much left for the characters to be angry about. I understand grudges but this one just feels… unnecessary I suppose.

As for the villains, I honestly did not expect the authors to get as gritty as they did as some points with the villains. It was definitely a surprise, not a bad one though. The villains were well-written. However, I do feel like part of the twist with one of the characters at the end didn’t quite make sense to me. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so I won’t go into detail. But a character kind of does a complete 180 and it doesn’t make sense at all.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and the audiobook narration was great. The novel wasn’t perfect, but its flaws weren’t anything I couldn’t overlook while reading the book. The ending was a such a cliffhanger and I’m excited to see where the story takes me next! If you’re in the mood for a fun but somewhat serious scifi, I say give this one a try.

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