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November 12, 2017

#BookReview: Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by @sashaalsberg @authorlindsayc #Giveaway



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 situationand 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.









Sasha Alsberg is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of ZENITH: The Androma Saga.

When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland she is making YouTube videos on her channel Abookutopia. She lives in Northern Texas with her dog, Fraser.

For her writing, she is represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary and is represented on YouTube by Brian Lieberman at Studio71.







Lindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling co-author of ZENITH, along with her duology, THE MURDER COMPLEX from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. She is represented by Pete Knapp at Park Literary in NYC.

Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, writes full time from her home in the deep woods in North Texas, and loves to chat with fellow book nerds. Lindsay created the #booknerdigans hashtag.

She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter @authorlindsayc or on instagram @authorlindsaycummings




Ok, this review is going to have the good the bad and the ugly in it so hang on for this review! Sorry for this being choppy and kind of all over the place. I am doing this review from notes I made as I was reading and am just going with it. 

First off this book started out being very confusing. I was kind of lost on the world at large and a number of characters it had. This one has a lot of POVs some of which if you ask me it didn't really need.  But, over time those extra POVs become needed as the story starts to wrap up.  

This one has elements of Firefly as well as Divergent. Andie, I can see as a cross between Four and that wonderful River and the main captain guy in Serenity. (sorry his name has totally just left the building, its gone) Which was great. The divergent section is a spoiler so its below in the *** just highlight it to find it out. 

***So during the ending of the book you find out that this drug called Zenith is pretty much like the serum in the ending of Divergent and of course the pull that Valen has doesn't work on her just like Tris.  Although these things are not a bad thing per say I do think that it made the story feel like a mash-up of all the good things these authors could find in other books that worked for them. With their own spin on it. ***

As for the multi POVs being an issue, they turned out pretty easy to keep track of. I did have two issues off the bat, on who was who but after you get into it the story really just gets going and you figure out who everyone is and it sticks with you. 

As for the backstory that was also slightly confusing. I wish that I had the time to sit here and read this book part by part. Instead of finishing it in just three days. Becuase this is a book that you are going to want to take your time reading.  There is so much that these two authors have poured into these pages. From a fully formed backstory to this wonderful plot and twists at the end. These characters you can tell are their heart and soul and how much they have poured into them. 

Some of the descriptions I thought were kind of unneeded. If by chance this gets picked up as a series or movie. Which I could totally see that happening,  these will be an integral part of making these characters come to life. They didn't really slow the story down or take away from it. I just thought that some of them we just didn't need.  

The flow in this worked one out well in most parts. I can't wait to get my hands on a finished copy to see if anything was changed. One transition that I thought was weird was when they are making their plans. One minute they are planning and the next they are in a new space system hiding out where they needed to be. There really wasn't any transition between the two so that was a little weird. A simple fix to this could be a chapter ending and beginning.   

Another thing that I thought that was going to piss me off when it started was the timeline jump. We get alternating chapters of Andie, Nor, and Klaren telling us about things that happened in the past. but once you get into the story I really wanted another book that happened before all of this.  I want one where Andie is in school and befriends Kalee and leading up to the event that made her who she is.  I think with all this backstory to this one a lot of you readers out there will think the same. At least I hope so.  Becuase, I really want it!! 

The characters in this were just beyond amazing. Everyone was well formed and I just couldn't get enough. I hope that in the following books we get to know Gilly more because I just love her as well as Breck. We don't get as much page time with these two as we do the other characters so I hope that changes.  

The book as a whole was one hell of a journey that I couldn't put down. I know I will be reading this one again when I get it in hardback and I will read it for years to come.  It is an epic sci-fi fantasy that will knock your socks off and take you on the ride of your life. 


Favorite Quotes:
Please remember that these are via an Advanced Reading Copy and may change in the final book! 

Toppling her opponents like stars falling from the sky 

She was an angel of darkness, come to him in the pits of hell. When she looked down at him, her smile was as bright as fire. 

Death is a simple thing. It's pirates I'll never understand

She rose, snarling, as a lock of her hair tumbled to the floor. These Lunamere batards were going to die. 

My soldiers its time to darken the stars. 

I don't want the title. I don't want the job. I don't want the responsibility. I want to soar through the stars. I want to navigate through nebulous. I want to find my self so close to a black hole that it nearly shakes the bones from my body and then I want to overcome it. 
(this one might be messed up a little. I used Siri to write it down and of course, it messed up. And I couldn't find it again in the book) 











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