Book Review: Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Synopsis: Androma Racella, a feared hitman also known as The Bloody Baroness, travels the galaxy with her crew of misfit girls. After taking on a mission to rescue a General’s son, Andi is forced to battle her demons when faced with ghosts from her past. But what should have been an easy mission turns into a fight for survival when they’re caught in the crossfires of a galactic war.

If you couldn’t tell from the synopsis, this story is very unique and offers a lot of action. There was a lot of hype around this book, and as someone who has watched Sasha’s videos for what feels like forever, I got my hands on it faster than you can say “Quidditch.” I went to the book signing, met Sasha and Lindsay (I’m still internally screaming), but I had a gut feeling that I wouldn’t like Zenith.

Was I right?

The Positives

Sci-Fi is not my thing, but I’m going to make it my thing. I really enjoyed the space aspect and there was a lot of creativity in terms of character qualities. I found the friend dynamics to be a heartwarming surprise. The crew were actually supportive of each other and there was a genuine love there that I hadn’t expected to see from a band of space pirates.

“Before this hellish journey began, she’d thought the stars were mocking her. But now, for the first time in a long while, she felt as if she’d surprised the stars. As if, despite what had happened world’s away, they shone a little brighter, encouraging her to be strong in the face of the unknown.”

Between the action packed scenes, there were times when I find myself smiling or hugging my book lovingly (like any sane person does) because beneath the tough exterior of this novel, there was something really warm and fluffy.

The Negatives

Okay, so this list is slightly longer. First and foremost, there were too many characters. Because of this, it was hard to figure out what was going on and none of the characters had depth. It was frustrating, to say the least.

Along with flat characters, there was also really awkward dialogue. I may have cringed a couple times at the weird things they said. I mean, the book opens up with a character saying “Vengeance will be mine.” Who, besides Dr. Doofenshmirtz and the Wicked Witch of Oz, would say that?

Have you heard of slang? Pretty much everyone uses it, well, except for a thirteen year old girl who sounds like she’s reading a script off Wikipedia.

I disliked more than half of the characters, and I have nothing intelligent to say on that note. I found almost every character annoying. Maybe if they were fully developed it would be a different story.

Salt. Yeah, I think I over sprinkled on that one.

The Verdict

Zenith was overhyped. The negatives outweigh the positives. But I still found myself enjoying it. This book will always hold a special place in my heart. I will pick up the second book, which I hope makes the necessary changes in editing.

3.5/5 ★

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