Book Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Book Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

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.

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Book: Zenith

Series: The Androma Saga

Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Publication Date: January 16, 2018

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Page Count: 512

Format: ebook

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Cover Artist:

My Rating: ★★½

Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1)Zenith by Sasha Alsberg
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

I received this copy from the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

A soldier, yes. But so young, with so much responsibility. It was a mistake. No matter how strong the person, everyone makes mistakes.

My thoughts on this read were initially, and have remained quite indifferent. While there were aspects of Zenith that I liked and appreciated, there were equal parts I didn’t care for. In the end, these points seemed to have canceled each other out, making it even less impressionable.

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical going into this read (as I always am with Sci-Fi’s). This genre varies so much and can be difficult to nail down. While the plot was relatively straightforward, I felt that the minimal world (or worlds, seeing we are in outer space) building and character development were big drawbacks to my liking this read more.

Before I break down the issues I had with the book, I’d like to mention that there are some great qualities here as well. Diversity amongst the characters is obvious. The text touches on a wide berth of character demographics and origins, creating the idea that we are dealing with a large area that the characters originate from. The various backgrounds, specifically with Androma’s team, create interesting crew dynamics. While the diversity may not be on the scale of Star Wars, it’s something worth noting.

Secondly, I thought the pacing throughout remained consistent. While the book is written with several point-of-views, as well as in different tenses, its consistent helped with delivering a constant, fluid story.

Despite these positive points, there were quite a few things that I didn’t care for.

One of the biggest being that the plot was anticlimactic. If there had been a climax, it was ill-placed as there was nothing towards the end to really gear up the pace and intensity. Without a climax, it makes me wonder how this book will move forward? Either the sequel will be jam-packed with action (which it better be to make up for that ending) or it will simply draw out the plot which would have been better to pack it into a stand-alone novel.

Secondly, main characters felt like they were only moderately developed. I would have liked to get to know them more intimately and who they really are. Androma’s character works against itself. She’s gained the title “bloody baroness,” yet, I failed to see the ruthlessness that would accompany such a title? In the instances where she did take someone’s life, there was too much work involved to make the reader believe she didn’t care about killing another. This forced action and her not-so-bloody-baroness reactions didn’t mesh. Other characters remained rather underdeveloped. Characters like Breck and Gilly barely get any singular page-time other than displaying their womanly awesomeness and skills. I think the lack of depth in a majority of the characters ate into the rest of the plot.

The last issue I had was the underdevelopment of the world(s) this takes place in. Clearly, the crew is out in space, so it’s not as easy to establish that. However, more time outside the ship and on land of some sort would have helped this along.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad read. It felt like it wasn’t a complete read, and that something was missing (the climax!) I’m not sure if this is a series I will continue on with or not.

Vulgarity: Quite a bit.
Sexual content: Some, but not with much detail.
Violence: Quite a bit.

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

  1. I really want to read this book, your thoughts on it are interesting what with the lack of character development and so on. I think sci-fi in general can be hit or miss it really depends on the writer and the plot. I hope the second book is full of surprises as what I’ve heard so far sounds like this book is just an alright read.
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    1. It’s true. I tend to have split feelings with Sci-Fi reads because they tend to be more plot-driven than anything. I hope the sequel proves to be packed with intensity too, yet I’m still deciding if I will continue with the series or not. If you do end up reading it, I hope you find it favorable.

  2. I loved your review, it is really interesting to hear your opinion on this book. I am not a massive fan of science fiction books, so this book isn’t one of my top priorities to read. I love the memorable quote, I think that is very powerful and very true.

    1. Thank you Elena! I haven’t been having much luck with Sci-Fi reads lately. But, every now and then there’s one that blows me away! I hope you find it to your liking when you do get around to reading it.

  3. Aww man, sucks that you didn’t like this book. I was planning on reading it but hearing that there is not too much development means I may put this off for a while. Great review!

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