Zenith (#1) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Published by: Mirabel Inc on June 21, 2016
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: unk ~90
Synopsis: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
There is darkness sweeping across the stars.
Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector.
When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.
Meanwhile, on the far side of 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 final 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 ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.
From internet sensation Sasha Alsberg and author Lindsay Cummings comes a new serialized space opera, full of action, fantastical intrigue, and steamy star-crossed romance.
For fans of popular sci-fi books and fantasy books for teens such as Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Wool by Hugh Howey, Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
Review: I don’t really understand why the book needs to be released in parts. I feel like if you’re going to do that you should at least have a large following of people that already enjoy your writing and a story that it makes sense for it to be split up that way. I get that Alsberg has a following on YouTube and Cummings has written multiple books before but no one really knew how the duo would be together.
They replace the word ‘fuck’ with ‘fike’ (like how in Battlestar Galactica says frack) and it got on my nerves to read. It was the only “language change” within the book. It may have worked better if there were other words that were swapped out maybe. If you don’t want to use the word “fuck” in your book then just don’t use it.
The main character Andi felt like Caelena Sardothian in space. Like, right down to the description. Also, she’s called “The Bloody Baroness” but like we don’t really see why. It’s just inferred that she kills innocent people.
Very info dump heavy. They just throw so many descriptions out there that you’re just like “what?”
I think if they took the time to clearly map out the sagas and beefed up the writing slightly it would be less “here’s a bunch of information”.
I don’t think that I will be reading the second part of the saga when it comes out, but I am sure that when it does get released I will be downloading it out of curiosity.