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

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Captaining the all-female crew of the Maurader, Androma – or Andi as she’s known to her crew – is known to the rest of the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness. A fearsome captain who will do whatever is required to complete her mission she is haunted by the mistakes of her past. Well, that’s what I was promised by the blurb but, I’m afraid that it failed to deliver.

I was expecting an epic chase across the galaxy filled with space fights, excellent character development and a truly gripping story that I couldn’t put down. I got 62 pages. Of course I couldn’t put it down; I’d only just started the book.

The whole thing was an info dump with badly written exposition with absolutely no showing involved. We are fed Andi’s and her crew’s backstories, each taking on a typical stereotype. Child killer, protective older woman who isn’t her mother, guilt ridden captain and her second in command who is constantly worrying; I would have loved to read a story about a confident captain, the Bloody Baroness, who deals with her problems throughout a full length novel with finely crafted exposition and likeable characteristics.

The purpose of their grave mission is nothing more than a threat and reminds me of Star Trek: Into Darkness where they must travel to a restricted planet in order to retrieve their “cargo.” There are too many reused ideas, plot ideas and stereotypes that weren’t “made new”. When dealing with common plot devices and popular genres something needs to be done to set it apart from the rest, this failed to deliver. If I am to read 62 pages, then they need to be the best 62 pages that they can be.

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