The story is marked with many brutal killings thanks to the girl who names the saga- Androma. Known as the Bloody Baroness, she rides with her crew, a group of three other girls, in their bounty hunting missions, constantly avoiding the law while leaving death and devastation in her wake. However, all is not well, for she and her loyal group are eventually caught up to- and given an offer she cannot refuse. Her job? Rescuing the son of the governor of one of the many space systems, who has been missing for years. The only problem here is that she must travel to the planet Xen Ptera, a world devastated by the war that occurred years before, and a massive bombardment. With this dangerous quest, she sets off, with a face familiar to her along for the ride. But what makes this story so great isn’t only the story, but also the characters- though some of them may be somewhat simple, they do fulfill the roles they are given admirably, and the main characters do have significant growth in deciding what is important to them. The story also contains a series of shocking plot twists, culminating in a dark finale. I’m looking forward to any future installments in this series, and am excited to see where it goes next.
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Review by: Lucas H.
From the very first page of Zenith, by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, I was whisked away into an intergalactic world of bounty hunters, evil rulers, and dangerous journeys. The novel tells the story of a deadly mercenary, Androma Racella, and her all-female crew aboard their glass starship, Marauder, as they fight for their own lives and the fate of the Mirabel Galaxy. Throughout the novel, Alsberg and Cummings kept me spellbound and turning the page with an abundant quantity of razor-sharp, refreshing action and intrigue. The novel manages to simultaneously be dramatic and beautiful, leaving me unsure of what to pay more attention to- the stellar writing or the stellar plot. The style of writing used reflects the nature of the novel perfectly: there is always some new event unfolding, or a new enemy hiding just around the corner. After blazing through the entire novel in several hours, I strongly recommend it, given that the prospective reader has 4 consecutive hours in their day to spare. This book simply doesn’t give the reader a chance to put it down. I look forward to what happens next in the Androma Saga.
Review by David B.