Authors: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
My Rating: 2.5/5
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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 have mixed feelings about this book…more negative than positive. I enjoyed a bit of it, but there were also many times that I felt tempted to DNF it and start something else. This review is structured differently than how I normally do my reviews, but I feel like it is a lot easier for me to get my thoughts out when I compare what I liked vs what I did not enjoy.
Things I liked:
- Multiple points of view. I have a love-hate relationship with this. I think that it is interesting to get inside the heads of multiple characters, since that helps me to understand them and their motives better. These characters all have completely different personalities, and the authors did a good job with making them easy to distinguish between.
- The setting. I don’t usually read sci-fi, so I have no idea what space books are like, but I found the different planets to be really exciting. The map at the front of the book was extremely useful in helping me visualize where everything was. I also got a sort of Guardians of the Galaxy feel from this (in terms of their “planet-hopping”), and that was a lot of fun to read about.
- The ending. I found the ending to be exciting and sort-of shocking. It makes me curious to find out what will happen in the next book.
Things I didn’t like:
- The writing style. It was okay. Sometimes I feel like it was attempting to be very dramatic, which got a little annoying. There was also a lot of showing vs telling in this book, mostly in Andi’s characterization. We are told many many times that Andi is the “fiercest woman in the galaxy” and that she is “very dangerous”, etc. And yes, we are shown this a few times through action scenes, but it gets really tiring having to read that her fingers are “itching to raise hell” all of the time.
- It was too long. I usually don’t mind long books as long as I feel like the plot justifies the length. Some examples are the Throne of Glass books. Those books get pretty long, but there is constant action and suspense, so I don’t feel like it is as long as it really is. However Zenith has many scenes that feel unnecessary and like “fillers” and I think they could have been cut from the book without really affecting anything important.
- It got confusing at times. There were so many plots/arcs going on at the same time that I kept having to backtrack to figure out what was happening and what I last read. This definitely took away from my enjoyment of the novel. I think the flow could be improved to make it easier to switch between flashback chapters and present time.
Final Thoughts: Although I didn’t particularly like this novel, I will probably check out the second one to find out what happens. A lot of the issues that I had with this book had to do with organization and structure, so I have hopes that those may be resolved in the next one.