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Book review: Zenith (The Androma Saga #1), by Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings

Book cover from Goodreads

Vengeance will be mine.


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 situation and 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 ship or 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. Taken from Goodreads.

I got this book off of my January Bookish Box and frankly speaking I had a gut feeling I wasn’t going to like it. There were so many red flags about this book that I should have just trusted my gut instinct. First off, I was never a big a fan of anything galaxy related, safe for Star Trek, but that was mainly because it was the only cool thing to ever graze the TV when I was a kid. Second off, the cover just threw me off, you know? It’s just too cheesy, and it looks like it is trying too hard to scream, “hey, look, I’m a cool book about galaxy-related story.” I really don’t buy the whole weird title, the weird symbol, and the whole “Saga” thing. It really looks like it’s trying too hard to be galaxy-related. But, see, I kind of feel bad for thinking like that, because who am I to say or think those things? I’m no expert in galaxy-related theme, it was just a rookie observation, so I thought maybe I should give this book a try, even after reading the blurb and my gut instinct told me this was not my cup of tea.

Right off the bat, I was already rolling my eyes at the opening chapter of the book. Ooh, the ominous vibe of it all, the whole vengeance will be mine thing is just so fucking cringing. Ooh so dark. So ominous. So freaking boring. Ugh.. I really wanted to give up there and there, but I thought it wouldn’t be fair to the book because this was really just the first chapter, I should give it a try first, right? And so I march on, and OH MY GOD, what an uphill battle that was for me. First of all, Androma is a character that tries so freaking hard to look like she’s so dark and mysterious and tortured, and okay I get that she was running away and whatever, but puhlease, stop with the whole woe-is-me trope. And then, what’s her name, the pilot of the Marauder (I can’t even bother to remember her name), is like trying too hard to combat Androma’s woe-is-me trait. Like, don’t be creating problems when there isn’t, okay? The other two crews and even the obnoxious Dex (is that his name? I honestly can’t be bothered to remember) is somewhat an okay-ish character. I won’t say I like them, but they at least somewhat tolerable than the other two.

Oh while I’m still complaining about the characters, what is up with Queen Nor? Like, first of all, your country starts the war and now you’re like all pissed that your planet is in chaos? Ugh, what is up with these characters looking for troubles when there shouldn’t be one? Oh, and the whole My name is Valen Cortas and vengeance will be mine thing? Yeah, over the top, unnecessary and literally just annoying (and I get the irony of me choosing that particular line for the opening quote, but that’s because there are no other quotes I can get from this book). Oh and get this, not even halfway through the book, I already piece the puzzle about Valen being the half brother of Nor. Is this supposed to be a surprising plot twist in the book? Because even I can smell it from a mile away. And by that point, I was done with the book. Done, my friend. Nope. Was not going to bash my brain with more nonsense about a world, a story, and characters that I don’t give two fucks about. Sorry.


Full disclosure, I kinda feel bad about bashing this book, because I know I can’t, for the life of me, write anything like this. But, I have to be honest. This was a boring book, with infuriating and annoying characters, and predictable storyline. I wasn’t going to waste my time going through 500-ish pages worth of words for something that I couldn’t be bothered to care or remember. I’m not going to be all surprised or judgmental for those who actually likes the book, because to each their own.

A rounding no frickin’ way. I’m not going to put an innocent soul through the same agony I went through from reading this book.

Rating: ⭐☆☆☆☆

Title: Zenith (The Androma Saga #1)

Author(s): Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings

Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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