Space Pirates. Shut up and take my money. If you love sci-fi and space-opera type books, then Zenith is perfect for you. I mentioned in my earlier post that I had been struggling to get out of a reading slump recently. Zenith was part of the process of cleansing the reading palette, if you will. I am a sucker for a good sci-fi story and Zenith did not disappoint. Written by two very talented ladies, Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, this book was packed with back to back kick ass girl power and a villainous queen I love to hate. I initially read the first installment of Zenith when it was just released as a novella. I remember after I had finished that I wished it would become something more because the world that Cummings and Alsberg have created was so vast that there just had to be more to it. Not long after the novella became a bestseller, the girls announced that Zenith would indeed be made into a full length novel. Needless to say my sci-fi heart squealed with glee when I read the news.
As for the book itself, it is nothing short of brilliant. We follow the Marauder, a space ship that looks as if it is made of glass, that is home to a group of all girl space pirates led by the deadly and renowned Bloody Baroness. Together they must work with the bounty hunter that set out to kill them on a rescue mission that could free them all. However, in a time of peace between worlds an evil Queen plots her revenge against the planet that took everything away from her.
Without the usual tropes that you find with most groups of female friends, the authors have brilliantly brought to life characters that are spunky, and sassy. Though we see a lot of the relationship between Andi and Lira, I would have loved to see more of Breck and Gilly. Especially Gilly. I mean, the girl is 13 and has a happy trigger finger and sass to boot. I’m here for it. I am also all about Dex. The man who pretends not to care but actually does is a weakness and I loved watching him battle with himself trying to work with a group of independent girls. Makes for endless amounts of giggle fits.
I give this book a 4/5 star rating. I am excited to see what happens in the next installment, and we get the title reveal to book two that will be happening this Friday!
Until next time darlings, happy reading!
Printed January 16, 2018 by Harlequin Teen.