Zenith ( The Androma Saga) – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

29569157 Synopsis

There is darkness sweeping across the stars. Most 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 Maurader, 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 sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal.

Meanwhile, on the far side of 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 final 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 towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Goodreads Rating – 3.72/5 Stars

Review 
I didn’t have any expectations heading into this. I didn’t even read the blurb since it was written by Sasha and that seemed a good enough reason to read this. Right from the start, I found the plot confusing and it didn’t get much clearer as I read on. It may sound bad, but it felt like was a reading a well-written fanfiction rather than an original novel.  It was only 62 pages so it was obvious from the start that it would end on a cliffhanger and that there wouldn’t be room for character development and a lot of world building but somehow the authors managed to jam as much detail into 62 pages as possible. 

Going on from what I said about this being more fanfiction that fiction, the authors did create some unique aspects, however, they just made the book childish and irritating.  I mean it’s annoying when people say shiitake instead of shit, but at least that’s better than  Fick as a replacement for Fuck. But it really disrupted the flow of the story and it just didn’t make any sense. With YA novels you either swear properly or you don’t. That will all depend on the target audience and the plot that the authors have in mind. 

Androma, the main protagonist, was supposed to be a badass pirate that floats through space causing havoc and destruction. Yet again we are met by a little girl with a big mouth but not much else. Her nickname is ‘The Bloody Baroness’ which just reminds me of Harry Potter, as does not the name Androma… just saying. My point is that Androma (Andi) doesn’t seem like a badass character, just someone who pretends to be badass. 

The plot was fairly interesting and once Sasha and Lindsay produce the full novel I will definitely read it. This has a lot of potential and I hope Sasha and Lindsay start coming up with something more original. 

Rating – 3/5 Stars

Goodreads – Katerina Turner 

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Unwind – Neal Shusterman

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Synopsis 

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Goodreads Rating – 4.19/5 Stars 

Review 

Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a spine-chilling novel about a parallel universe where parents of a child between the ages of 13 and 18, can have their child’s organs harvested or ‘unwound’. You’re teen harboring too much teen angst and aggression? No problem! Why don’t you send him over to us and take him apart and sell his organs…

An aspect of this novel that seems to be not far from our own reality are the laws against abortion. However, a parent can leave their child on someone’s doorstep and if they are not caught, the person that finds the child is obliged to keep it. Finders – Keepers, whether you want it or not. 

As you’ve read in the synopsis, the reasons for parents unwinding their children varies from being tired of behavioral problems, being unwanted, religious reasons or pure selfishness. Aside from our main protagonists, there was a boy whose parents died, so his aunt became his guardian and decided to have him unwound so that she could have his inheritance.

There were times in when I was reading this book and it completely broke my heart. The children are portrayed as being strong at times, but we also get to see the true fear that one would experience in such a situation. One thing that I foud unusual was the lack of anger the kids had towards their parents. They blamed the government for having this program, not their own parents for getting rid of them. 

The plot was fast paced and entertain throughout the whole book. The characters were really well developed as they each came from different backgrounds and had individual clear cut personas. It was a great book to read because it makes you think and it actually makes you feel scared for the characters. I was under the illusion that most of the characters were 16 or 17 years old but at the end of the book I found out that Lev, one of the main protagonists was 13, which made him even stronger as a character. 

Lastly… and I always seem to leave this to the last point because I try to note down the positives before stating the negatives. The romance was so out of the blue. There was no lead-up to it, even though it was obvious that it would happen, I couldn’t care less about it. The characters barely knew each other and didn’t interact all that much. Hopefully, it will get better as the series progresses. 

Overall, this was a good book and I would definitely recommend it! 

Rating – 3.5/5 Stars 

Goodreads – Katerina Turner

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