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Title:
Zenith : the Androma saga
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9780373212590
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Publication Information:
Don MIlls, Ontario : Harlequin Teen, 2018.

©2016
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534 pages : map ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"First published by Mirabel Inc, 2016. This edition published by Harlequin Teen, 2018."--Title page verso.
Summary:
"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 ship-or 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."--Jacket flap.
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"A whirlwind, out-of-this-galaxy adventure!"
--#1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas

"ZENITH is a spectacularly stunning, whirlwind adventure with a race-against-the-clock plot and strong as hell female characters." --Buzzfeed

"Epic, mesmerizing and heart stopping."
--Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings comes the first book in The Androma Saga, an action-packed thrill ride of adventure, intrigue and steamy star-crossed romance.

Known across the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Captain Androma Racella and her motley crew of space-bound privateers roam the Mirabel galaxy on the glass starship Marauder, taking what mercenary work they can find to stay alive.

When a routine job goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew find themselves placed at the mercy of a dangerous bounty hunter from Andi's past. Coerced into a life-threatening mission, and straight into the path of a shadowy ruler bent on revenge, Andi and her crew will either restore order to the ship--or start a war that will devour worlds.

"A dark and complex sci-fi drama."
--School Library Journal


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-From a beginning that draws heavily on elements of the early "Star Wars" movies, with characters whose over-the-top shtick would fit right into Guardians of the Galaxy, this series opener morphs unexpectedly into a dark and complex sci-fi drama. Androma Racella has been on the run for four years since escaping a death sentence for the purported murder of her best friend. She stole her former boyfriend's star ship and, along with three other teen runaways, became a space pirate. Known throughout the galaxy as the Bloody Baroness, Androma has managed to keep ahead of would-be captors. But to former boyfriend, Dex, who taught her how to evade capture, Androma is easy prey. Dex is hired to bring her in, then blackmailed into joining forces with her to find and return Valen, the kidnapped son of the leader of the Arcardian system. The tortured and imprisoned Valen is barely hanging onto life when Dex and Androma finally rescue him. Shortly after their harrowing escape from the prison planet, what at first appear to be devastating but isolated coincidences are discovered to be part of a well-planned plot to take over the galaxy that only Dex and Androma may be able to stop. An action-packed, semi-romantic sci-fi adventure/drama that will have broad appeal. VERDICT Purchase where sci-fi romps are popular.-Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Androma "Andi" Racella was a rising star in the Arcadian military until she accidentally crashed General Cortas's personal transport vessel, killing his daughter, Kalee. Andi fled Arcadius to avoid execution, becoming one of the most notorious criminals in the Unified Systems of Mirabel. Now dubbed the "Bloody Baroness," Andi and her all-female crew of space pirates are planning their next heist when bounty hunter Dex Arez, Andi's traitorous ex, captures the women and delivers them to Cortas. The general offers to pardon Andi if she rescues his son, Valen, from an impenetrable Xen Pterran prison. But Dex must accompany her, and if they are caught, the Xen Pterrans will likely kill them and declare war on the Unified Systems. First in a trilogy, this sprawling space opera from Alsberg and Cummings (the Balance Keepers trilogy) features plentiful action, complex politics, and a rich mythology. Regrettably, these assets can't overcome the drag created by clichéd characters, manufactured drama, and an overstuffed and largely predictable plot. Ages 14-up. Agent: (for Alsberg) Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary; (for Cummings) Pete Knapp, New Leaf Literary. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Captain Androma, Andi (aka the Bloody Baroness), and her all-girl Marauder crew are tricked into a deal with Arcardian General Cortas, father of the girl whose death is on Andi's head. This situation is complicated by the involvement of Dextros Arez, the man who broke Andi's heart. If successful, the general will pardon the pirate girls' crimes, so Andi takes the deal, landing herself and her friends in the middle of an unforeseen multiplanet war that threatens all Andi holds dear. Some content in this first book of the Androma Saga may be familiar if readers caught the previously self-published Zenith, Part 1, but no one will mind reacquainting themselves with the tortured, dynamic pirate queen and her small band of skillful female warriors. Dex and Andi's uneasy ongoing attraction and the (unrelated) looming galactic retribution share center stage, but this entry is more adventure than romance, and it will be interesting to see which gets developed next. An omniscient narrator switches focus between characters, at times describing flashbacks to provide explanations for current events.--Welch, Cindy Copyright 2017 Booklist