This proof was given to a friend for free by the publisher, HQ, and she was so kind to lend it to me. This does not influence my opinion in any way.
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.
For this book, we’re playing a game entitled “how low can someone’s expectations be?” I already knew that Zenith hasn’t been received with the greatest of reviews and a friend told me they could have cut away half of the story without a problem. So yeah, I was prepared to give it a chance, but I was expecting to hate it without a doubt.
The first thing I noticed and that immediately bugged me, was the overuse of descriptive adjectives. They don’t just raise a finger, no it’s a blood-red painted finger. Look, it’s nice to read a descriptive story, but things got a little our of hand in Zenith. I don’t actually need to know how many tears and wrinkles there are in the jacket she’s putting on, okay? Nor the backstory of every damn tear.
Dex crouched down next to her, lips level with her ear. “You know, you were a lot more fun three years ago.”
It was like he wanted her to kill him.
She turned, unfazed that their faces were separated by mere centimeters. So close she could see the pores in his caramel skin, the deep brown of his eyes, and the raised scar that rested near his temple.
She’d given him that scar.
And while we’re on the topic of being overly descriptive, I also don’t understand why every single character, not only the six (!!!) point of views, but all the other secondary characters, need to have such deeply developed backstories in this book. Couldn’t they have held off a little for the next installment? There is a whole POV and background that was COMPLETELY unnecessary, and even though I know that it will become important in the next book, in Zenith it just took away from the actual plot. AND IT WAS ANNOYING.
I do have to admit though that even with so may POVs, the authors did an amazing job ensuring that you can easily keep all the characters straight. Not a small feat. But that’s about the only good think I can say about this book.
There is absolutely nothing original about Zenith and overall the story just. tried. too. damn. hard. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters as they are somehow TOO fleshed out, I kept seeing elements from other popular sci-fis that made these other books absolute gems (a tad obvious in the copy-pasting there…) and I couldn’t have cared less about what was going on in the story. Don’t believe the hype with this one, it really isn’t worth your time.
Have you read this book? If not, does it sound interesting to you? If yes, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!