Book Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
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.
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
Series: The Androma Saga
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 512
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Cover Artist: —
My Rating: ★★½
I received this copy from the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
A soldier, yes. But so young, with so much responsibility. It was a mistake. No matter how strong the person, everyone makes mistakes.
My thoughts on this read were initially, and have remained quite indifferent. While there were aspects of Zenith that I liked and appreciated, there were equal parts I didn’t care for. In the end, these points seemed to have canceled each other out, making it even less impressionable.
I have to admit, I was a little skeptical going into this read (as I always am with Sci-Fi’s). This genre varies so much and can be difficult to nail down. While the plot was relatively straightforward, I felt that the minimal world (or worlds, seeing we are in outer space) building and character development were big drawbacks to my liking this read more.
Before I break down the issues I had with the book, I’d like to mention that there are some great qualities here as well. Diversity amongst the characters is obvious. The text touches on a wide berth of character demographics and origins, creating the idea that we are dealing with a large area that the characters originate from. The various backgrounds, specifically with Androma’s team, create interesting crew dynamics. While the diversity may not be on the scale of Star Wars, it’s something worth noting.
Secondly, I thought the pacing throughout remained consistent. While the book is written with several point-of-views, as well as in different tenses, its consistent helped with delivering a constant, fluid story.
Despite these positive points, there were quite a few things that I didn’t care for.
One of the biggest being that the plot was anticlimactic. If there had been a climax, it was ill-placed as there was nothing towards the end to really gear up the pace and intensity. Without a climax, it makes me wonder how this book will move forward? Either the sequel will be jam-packed with action (which it better be to make up for that ending) or it will simply draw out the plot which would have been better to pack it into a stand-alone novel.
Secondly, main characters felt like they were only moderately developed. I would have liked to get to know them more intimately and who they really are. Androma’s character works against itself. She’s gained the title “bloody baroness,” yet, I failed to see the ruthlessness that would accompany such a title? In the instances where she did take someone’s life, there was too much work involved to make the reader believe she didn’t care about killing another. This forced action and her not-so-bloody-baroness reactions didn’t mesh. Other characters remained rather underdeveloped. Characters like Breck and Gilly barely get any singular page-time other than displaying their womanly awesomeness and skills. I think the lack of depth in a majority of the characters ate into the rest of the plot.
The last issue I had was the underdevelopment of the world(s) this takes place in. Clearly, the crew is out in space, so it’s not as easy to establish that. However, more time outside the ship and on land of some sort would have helped this along.
Overall, it wasn’t a bad read. It felt like it wasn’t a complete read, and that something was missing (the climax!) I’m not sure if this is a series I will continue on with or not.
Vulgarity: Quite a bit.
Sexual content: Some, but not with much detail.
Violence: Quite a bit.
“War was a heartless thing, claiming lives left and right. But it was the survivors who had to continue battling even after the fight was over.”