Zenith – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Endless darkness.
It surrounded him in Cell 306, twisting and turning itself into his bones until he and the darkness became one’

zenithMost know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Marauder, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector.

When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a powerful bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.


What I thought

I really wish I had loads of good words to say about this book, it’s about a female space pirate – those 3 words are what interested me in the first place and are my jam. And yet it just didn’t work. It’s not that I hated it, while I was reading it I was enjoying it but once I’d put it down I didn’t feel the need to pick it back up again. It’s a weird kind of apathy but I think that’s the term that sums up my overall opinion of this book the most.

It’s not that there isn’t parts of this book that I didn’t enjoy – I loved the universe and the background characters/crew of the Marauder. They were a fun bunch and I thought the world building was really well done. But that’s pretty much the sum of what I enjoyed. That’s not to diminish how much I enjoyed those parts but I am aware that they are only a small part of the book as a whole.

However I found the story lagged quite a lot and could have done with a tune up to tighten it up. There was a lot of ‘tell not show’ and over descriptive which slowed the pace right down after some fast moving fighting/pirate scenes. Because there was some really fast moving scenes so when it moved away from those scenes it was jarring.
After thinking about it while writing up my notes for this blog I think part of it comes from the fact that it’s two writers and although I couldn’t tell you which one wrote which bit there was a clear difference in their writing styles and they didn’t gel together well.

There was also some really uncomfortable getting WAAAY to close to rape scenes, Andi clearly was supposed to have PTSD from this but I’m not sure how well this was done. Those moments were painful but not just because of the context but because of how it was written.

Why I read it

I bought this one for two reasons, the first was ‘Female Space Pirates’ and the second was because one of the authors was going to be at YALC

Final Thought

I think there is a good book in there but it needed another edit to cull some bits and tighten up others. Which is a pity, because I think if it had been tighter it would have been fighting for one of my favourite books of 2018. Because female space pirates!

Did I enjoy it? I don’t know, maybe. Overall I found it a bit ‘meh’, it just didn’t click for me
Would I read it again? Probably not
Am I glad I read it? I think so, if for no other reason apart from the fact it’s written by two female authors and that’s so rare
Would I recommend? Unfortunately probably not

2019 Challenges

PopSugar: written by 2 female authors, multiple POVs

Really short review today because of my apathy to this book and therefore I don’t really have much to say.
If you HAVE read this book PLEASE let me know, what am I missing either way? Did you love it or hate it?

See Ya!

P.S The next review is for ‘I have lost my way’ by Gayle Forman

3 thoughts on “Zenith – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

  1. I felt the same way about this book. I think one of the problems with it was the hype surrounding it, and then it didn’t meet the expectations that were in place. I had been really looking forward to it, for the reasons you said, and then it was just ‘meh’. I felt like it didn’t get interesting until the VERY end.


    1. I’m really glad other people think the same, the end was pretty good but it just didn’t make up from the overall ‘meh’ feeling.
      I’m really not fussed about reading the second one and might even take my signed copy to a charity shop ;(

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      1. I agree! The book let me down. It was too long with too many POVs and it didn’t feel as if the two writer’s styles meshed well. It definitely needed another round of edits and revisions to clean it up.
        I’d donate my copy, except I got it through Good Choice Reading and paid a ton for it due to shipping. 😩
        I’ll probably read the second one, but not right away.


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