Title – Zenith
Author – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
Rating – 5/5
Release Date – January 16th, 2018
Publisher – Harlequin Teen
Format – ARC (received from publisher; thank you so much!)
Zenith is an epic sci-fi novel following Androma Racella, or, more commonly known as the Bloody Baroness. Androma and her crew travel the galaxies upon the Marauder, trying to escape their past and earn a living. Full of action, a dynamic cast of characters, and emotion, Zenith is perfect for sci-fi lovers and even those new to the sci-fi genre!
Wow, just wow. I’m writing this review right after having finished the book and I am speechless. I didn’t know what to expect since I’d never really read a sci-fi before, but I can definitely say that I am looking forward to reading more from this genre.
Zenith hits you with action and intrigue right at the beginning. Flashbacks are thrown in as chapters between chapters from the present, drawing you into the story. A vast and complicated world is hinted at and explored as you continue reading which just always leaves you wanting more. The beginning had me hooked onto the story and it made the whole book so addicting; the 500 pages felt like nothing! This is what I love at the beginning of a novel, something to hook me in, and I haven’t read a book this good at doing so in a long while!
I loved Androma right off the bat. She’s known across the galaxy as a killer, but she doesn’t kill mindlessly or without remorse as many other characters in YA seem to. This made her feel so real and not closed off/cold; it made it a lot easier to empathize with her.
I loved the Marauders through and through. Gilly was adorable (in an insane way because she’s literally the gunner of the Marauder), Breck was so protective yet so kind, and I really connected to Lira (it’s so nice to read about a character that enjoys reading; all in all she just had an attitude that resonated with me).
Dex was an alright character. I wasn’t over the moon about him, but he was very swoon-worthy at times. He definitely did grow on me as the story progressed.
As for the other characters, I couldn’t believe how good the authors were at changing my opinion on someone in an instant! Nor and Valen were characters who changed my opinion on them pretty much every time they made an appearance. Usually I get really attached to characters and changing my opinion is hard to do, so that’s another thing to add to the author’s endless list of talents. As for all of the other characters, I could go on and on about all of my thoughts and feelings about them but I feel like that could lead me to spoilers, so here’s a summary of my thoughts: I adored how well written and unique each and every single character was.
Lately I’ve noticed myself getting sick of the typical YA romance (which is usually cheesy), so Zenith is so refreshing and such a genre-saver (yes, I just made that up, it’s a thing). It focused heavily on friendship, specifically between the Marauders which made my heart so happy, I love a good friendship! The romance was discreetly sprinkled throughout the novel which I thought was perfect and really appreciated.
The multiple perspectives The multiple perspectives were so well done and added a lot to the story, especially to the flow of it. They were used to smoothly implement flashbacks which were then used to give background information. This meant, no info-dumps; FLAWLESS.
Now, the plot-twists! Just thinking about them makes my heart stop. I couldn’t see anything coming, the unpredictability of this novel was absurd! Sometimes I thought I predicted something, but I was always wrong. These twists left me in varying states of shock: my jaw literally dropping, my heart stopping, my eyes sweating, you name it, I felt all of the things. This book plays with literally all of your emotions.
I think that if you enjoy sci-fi, you would totally love this book! Something less obvious is that if you enjoy heist novels (ex. Six of Crow) then you might love Zenith too because it has a heist feel!
I really really really really (do you get it now? haha) enjoyed this book and I recommend it to literally anyone! It’d be good for any reader, whether you like sci-fi or not! You can preorder this book now and even submit your proof of preorder to get a stunning preorder gift! I am so beyond grateful to have received this book in advance and I hope you all check it out in the new year when it’s released! I can’t wait for it to come out so I can fangirl with everyone!
Are you planning on reading Zenith? Let me know in a comment!