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.
Zenith was one of my anticipated reads of 2018. Ever since I read the description for the book I was excited to read it because it sounded like something I would really enjoy reading. I don’t tend to read that many sci-fi books but the description for this one grabbed my attention and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the book. Now having read Zenith, on the whole I did really enjoy it and it definitely deserves all the hypes and praise its been getting.
One of the main problems I had with this book was the main character Andi. I just didn’t like her and found it hard to connect with her, which meant that I didn’t really want to be on the journey with her. She just seemed so dull and uninteresting, and thats not what you want in a main character. Luckily Zenith is told from different perspectives and Andi isn’t the only character you have to read about. But because she is a main character, whenever she popped up it annoyed me a little and made me disconnect from the story. I did find the multiple character perspectives a little confusing because I didnt know who the characters were, and because the cast for Zenith is pretty big it did take a while to remember who was who.
I am not going to lie it did take me a while to get into this book. The first hundred pages or so were a little bit of a chore and I really wasn’t connecting with the story or the characters. But I am happy to say that once I got past the hundred page mark the story started to get a little more interesting and I got used to the different points of views of the characters. So I would suggest to stick with the book if you are finding the first part of the book is a little slow.
Even though Zenith is a chunk of a book with five hundred pages, once I got into the story, it didn’t feel that long. I don’t know if thats because the chapters are really small or because each chapter is told from a different characters perspectives. Both of these factors meant that I never got bored with the book because after a few pages I would be one a different chapter and reading about a different character.
I found the writing for Zenith to be top notch, both of the authors did an amazing job in describing and bringing to life the space setting, and the characters. I didn’t feel too bogged down with information when reading Zenith, and instead it felt like I was fed information slowly to build a vivid imagine of the books setting and its characters. I thought that both the authors wrote really well together. I haven’t read many books that have been written by two authors, but sometimes you can tell because the story and the writing doesn’t flow right, but with Zenith it worked perfectly.
Even though Zenith is not perfect and it does have its problems, I would still recommend reading it and trying it out for yourself. For me the positives out way the negatives to make this book still an enjoyable read. The story and some of the characters make this book a really thrilling read and I will continue with this series and read the next book when its released.
I rate this book 4/5 stars
***I was sent a copy of this book for review. Everything in this review is my own honest opinions.***
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