From Youtube star Sasha Alsberg and multi-genre author Lindsay Cummings, ZENITH is part one of a serialised young adult space opera, following the lives of The Marauder starship as they are forced into a job that could cause a war among the Mirabel Galaxy.
I’ve never had the best luck when it comes to reading books by Youtubers. The backlash I got from Girl Online was almost enough for me to never read another one again. Although I haven’t read a book by Lindsay Cummings and I don’t watch Sasha Alsberg anymore, I was expecting ZENITH to be better. An experienced author, with six books written, and vlogger who has been doing this for years. I guess I’m really underwhelmed by the result. It’s clear that these two work well together since I couldn’t tell who was writing what, their writing voice flowed together well.
As a fan of Sci-fi, I was hoping to enjoy this more. But it felt so predictable to the point it was a bore to read. I always had the feeling that I’ve read this story before. I was interested in the plot, the first chapter follows a person locked in prison, wanting revenge and that had me hooked but then the rest of the whole thing felt unpolished and could’ve done better with a more thorough editing process. There were moments where Alsberg and Cummings dump a whole load of information but leaves us with no explanation.
“Do we know who they are? Black market, Olenian, Mirabel Patrol?”
This is just one example of where they place words specific to the setting without any kind of description. What’s the difference? Who should we fear the most out of the three? This might just be me being very specific but its drags the story down by dumping in stuff and expecting the readers to understand everything.
I don’t know about anyone else but when a character is described as having “honeyed skin” or “caramel” colour, I automatically go bleh. He was the first POC we get and his skin is described as food. I just think a published author and an experienced book vlogger should know better than to resort to such a lazy and cliche way to say something other than brown… It just shows a blatant lack of originality which might have been changed with further editing.
As I mentioned before, this book needed a better editing and should’ve been thought through properly. And in this case, releasing in parts just didn’t work at all. I understand Sasha at university right now and the two were probably super excited to get this released, but the end result was heavily affected by it and I think it would’ve been better to wait and give themselves more time. (Google search is telling me Sasha is doing a literature and publishing degree, correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems sensible to hold back and develop her own skill rather than push it out so quickly.) It’s sad watching her fans assume we’re being mean by rating it low. No one is disregarding what she’s done to get where she is now but if you’re not critical it’s unfortunate for Sasha because that’s no way to help an author grow.
Overall, I see the potential that ZENITH has. While I won’t be anxiously counting the days til the next one but I’ll check out the next ones, hoping it gets better.
Kindle Edition, 62 pagesPublished June 21st 2016 by Mirabel Inc.ASIN: B01DIIU7DK