Book Review- Zenith

Thursday, 18 January 2018
Title: Zenith
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Published: 11th January 2018
Pages: 512
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
Series: The Androma Saga #1

Rating: 3.5/5

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 shipor 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. -Goodreads
I received a copy of this novel from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review.
I feel like I missed a lot of the buzz and chatter about this novel, I only really discovered it after I finished the book and I read some of the reviews on Goodreads. As a result I read this novel without any idea of the controversy, and it doesn't feature in my review.
I'm not sure how I feel about this novel overall, there were aspects I really enjoyed, but also things that let the novel down.
I liked the general idea of the novel- a rag-tag team of women fighting and kicking-ass across the galaxy. I enjoyed the relationship between the girls, and I liked the different characters that made up the team. 
I also liked the setting of this novel. Space is always a winner in my mind, if space is involved I am always excited! I enjoyed the space travel and the descriptions of the planets and the general world-building which the authors created. 
However, I felt that this novel contained too many POVs. I find novels with lots of POVs can be hit or miss with me, and unfortunately this one was a miss in that respect. There must be over 6 different POVs in this novel, and it's just too many. There are certain characters that we hear from who were completely unnecessary to the novel. These POVs add to the length of the novel, and dragged out the action scenes which definitely reduced the excitement and tension of the action scenes.
Also the romance between Andi and Dex was really irritating to me. They spent most of the novel building it up to a reunion between the two, and then both characters decided that it would never happen between them and they both walked away. It felt like a complete waste of my time, and completely pointless within the story.
The main thing that made me dislike this novel was actually the writing itself. The novel reads like it needs a good editor to look at it and clean it up. It is very clunky to read, the language and structure could be dramatically improved which I think would help. The novel features too many metaphors and similes, we get descriptions of un-important elements of the novel for no reason, and we are told much more than we are shown.
Overall I can see where the arc of this novel and the rest of the series are heading and I actually quite like the plot idea, but the writing itself is so lacking that I'm not sure I could read the rest of the series. 

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