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Zenith Part 1

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,699 ratings  ·  835 reviews

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
ebook, 62 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Mirabel Inc.
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Lindsay Cummings it's mostly plotting. Sasha and I work pretty well together :)…moreit's mostly plotting. Sasha and I work pretty well together :)(less)
Lindsay Cummings We're having a great time. There's a lot that goes into cowriting a book, and it's great to have such a fun partner!…moreWe're having a great time. There's a lot that goes into cowriting a book, and it's great to have such a fun partner!(less)

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Sasha Alsberg
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: favorites
EDIT: A lot of you already know this but if not, ZENITH has been picked up by a publisher! HarlequinTeen is going to be publishing the full novel in Fall 2017. This first part is what got it all started but I am happy that we get to go through part one again with an editor to make it the best it can be! Thank you for all your love and support, it truly means the world to Lindsay and I. Writing the rest of the novel has been amazing and really helped expand our world building and characters in a ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
If Zenith is considered an NYT Bestseller, then fuck it I'm running for president.
#Tikaforprez20whatever #bettertovoteformethanTrump

Shame On You Sugar Plum Fairies For Sugarcoating Everything. I don't believe in writing disclaimers. (Disclaimer: This does not include mature content, triggers, etc.) So you'll probably see why I don't understand the point of readers and reviewers writing a long heartfelt message about how they like Sasha's personality, how her hair reminds them of strawbe
Lindsay Cummings
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Since I only wrote 50% of this book (sasha wrote the other 50%), I can rate her writing 5 stars ;) ;) ;)
Caitlin Gutilla
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ugh
Update: I just learned that this got picked up by HarperCollins and is going to be published hardcover Fall 2017. I'm flabbergasted. Who made that decision? There are thousands of better writers who deserve to have their drafts be picked up, but Sasha and Lindsay get theirs chosen because of Sasha's YouTube notoriety? I'm sorry, but that just isn't right. And for the record, how does 62 pages of a lackluster novel become a NYT bestseller? I'm incredibly disappointed with HarperCollins and I pers ...more
Jules ♈  (witchyrover)
Jun 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Important note before review: I really enjoy Sasha’s videos (I LOVE THEM; abookutopia is one of my favorite channels), but that will not change the way I feel about a book. (I really shouldn’t even mention this. I mean, I love Cassandra Clare but I didn’t feel guilty about rating 3 stars to some of her books. But there are Sasha’s fangirls over here that insult people who give bad ratings to her book. So in order to avoid that, I had to say that unnecessary yet important note. Happy, crazy brats ...more
Jul 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star-reads
There's something I need to say first before putting my review for Zenith out into the world... I've read a ton of reviews where people were bashing this book because one of the authors is a Youtube book reviewer.  I want everyone to know that I never once took that into account when reading or reviewing this book. I actually really enjoy Sasha's reviews, and I loved The Murder Complex by Lindsey Cummings, so when it came to reading this book I put everything aside and just went into it like I w ...more
Lindsay Cummings
May 18, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
5 stars for the best writing partner ever! WE DID A BOOK THING AHHH
Jun 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
UPDATE: Congratulations to HarperCollins for choosing to publish a guaranteed flop. I'm so angry at this because there are millions of drafts that are far better than this half-assed attempt at a book and all those books' authors get is a metaphorical slap in the face.

I swear to God if Sasha wasn't as big a booktuber as she is, whoever made the initial decision to publish this as an ebook wouldn't have even finished whatever draft was sent to him/her, let alone publish it.

It's like when Kendall
EDIT 29/04/17: the more I think about it, this is definitely a one star. Don't waste your $2. I also no longer watch Sasha's YouTube channel, so my comments on her have also changed. I do like Lindsay and her channel still, so maybe switch them.

EDIT 30/11/16: I decided to lower my rating from 4 stars to 2. This book isn't a book it's basically a chapter sampler. I will probably read the completed book but for now this is my rating. My thoughts in review have also changed.

EDIT 10/09/16: I keep t
May 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm torn about this book. Sasha and a huge number of other bloggers have really been responsible for why a lot of bad writing and books with just pretty covers continue to sell. And the reason why a lot of plagiarised pots continue to circulate. They just hop on YouTube with a tone of makeup on and gush about how beautiful a boook is; notice how they're never really detaied. Plus she's pretty biased in her reviews because she reviews a lot of the books her agent (Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary, ...more
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
**First off I just wanted to say that I really enjoy Sasha's videos but that hasn't at all effected my opinion of ZENITH PART ONE.**

Actual rating 2 1/2 stars.


- I enjoyed the fact that I couldn't tell who was writing what. Sasha's and Lindsey's voices flowed seamlessly (although there were a few times where it felt a little jilted).

- The characters were all different with their varying talents and personalities. I really liked Nor's character as well as Gilly's. Nor actually felt brutal
Natalie Marie
Jun 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
I feel like people only rate this good because of who the author is...
The main character is a carbon copy of celaena from the throne of glass series and is supposedly a "merciless killer" but there is nothing to really back that up and she is constantly regretting things and doubting herself, being emotional etc. and way too much info dump in the first 50 pages (the whole first part) which brings me to my next point, this book will be told in parts for 2 dollars each which I think is too much mo
Jun 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no, 2016
I will admit that I read this just to see how bad it was and unfortunately I wasn't disappointed. The dialogue feels off and there's such a bombardment of information that I got bored and didn't care about the characters or the plot. This whole section of the series was just one long chase scene! Sasha has potential to be a good writer, definitely better than myself, but she needed way more experience (and editing) before she released something. Hopefully if she sends this to publishers and it g ...more
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi

When it comes to reviewing, I like to be short and not go into detail. However, I have been a subscriber to Sasha's youtube channel for a few years now, and I want to be honest about my thoughts on her debut novel. (Side note: I've never read any of Lindsay's books)

The beginning was rough. Part One reads like one very long scene, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. We are given a 'prologue' (377 scene), one very long scene of action that lasts for 7 chapters, then ends with chapters 8
I'm actually pretty impressed with this. This book is co-written and, I'll be honest with you, the only reason I even preordered this was because one of the authors, Sasha, is big in the BookTube world. She always seems so genuine and sweet; I couldn't help but want to support her. I also think Sasha's knowledge of reviewing books to the masses really paid off, because she wrote a book that I think a lot of YA readers will actually really appreciate.

This first installment of the Androma Saga is
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, sci-fi
The purest shock spiked in Andi’s veins.
Then it melted into fury.
“You,” she hissed.
“Me,” Dex said with a shrug.
“You’re dead,” Andi whispered. “I left you…”
“Left me to die?” Dex lifted a brow.

OMG, I tried so hard with this book. The synopsis seemed so interesting and intense to me, but when I started reading the book, I felt so confused. I think my problem is the writing-style. To about 50% I was so confused and annoyed with the writing, but it got better and better after that.
And the plot w
Neil (or bleed)
May 23, 2016 marked it as will-not-read
"I know the book isn't even out yet but it seems like a book I've read before. Not gonna judge it right away but just an observation I had when reading the summary. Not trying to be rude, just putting my observation out there. I bet they are great writers!"

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Trina (Between Chapters)
This was packed full of action and twists and turns. I have nothing negative to say about it, I just can't rate it any higher because it's not the completed story so I don't have all the info for a real rating yet. It's a promising start though! ...more
Norah Una Sumner
Well this was boring and weird AF. ONE BIG MEH.

In theory this book sounded quite interesting, however the execution of the idea these two authors had wasn't exactly 'on point'. The main character is too contradictory for my taste and... well, nothing was ever explained the way it should have been. Just names and names, and even more names that mean nothing to the readers without a decent explanation. I may give the sequel a shot, since I would like to see if the authors' writing will get better
Mar 25, 2016 marked it as to-read
SASHA BABY MAKING HER DREAMS COME TRUE. Can't wait to read this and see the world Lindsay and Sasha have created! ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Zenith, The Androma Saga, is a Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-fi serialisation that was co-authored by Lindsay Cummings and Sasha Alsberg. This serialisation will be released part by part, Part One released in June 2016. Additional releases are TBA.

This is not a vindictive review. This review is not designed to incite rage or petty irritation, as it most likely will to fans. This review is unbiased. If you do not agree, that is your choice. If you feel you're better off releasing anger, try releasing
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God! <3

If I have to be completely honest, I did not expect much from this book. I even thought it would be just mediocre - just like all the other books written by you tubers.

But, oh boy, was I wrong!!!

This was such an epic and phenomenal start of an amazing book series! Kick ass female characters on an intergalactic epic adventure! Hell yeah!

The writing style is just so easy and comfortable to follow. It's like Sasha and Lindsay just blended in the most perfect narration ever!

Just go! G
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pre-reading thoughts-Can this be anymore exciting!? I love Lindsay's writing style and know that the fabulous Sasha Alsberg will add a great amount to the story! I love you guys!

Post-reading thoughts-This book was honestly so much fun to read! It was so enjoyable and I can't wait to continue the series!
Paige (Enchantology)
3.5 stars

A solid introduction to a serial! Definitely reads like the first episode of a TV show, which is what I was hoping for. Appreciated that the writing style was very visual and painted the scenes in my mind. Hoping to learn more about the characters (especially the girl gang) in the next installment.
Teeh Ryan
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, ebooks, high-rating
Zenith is about Androma (Andi) a ruthless female pirate and her crew of women. On board the ship Maurader, they are captured by someone of her past and offered a job that could free them forever. A clean slate of their crimes.

I didn't find this book to be original, it reminded me of Throne of Glass by SJMaas but set in space. The last thing I needed was to compare between the books when the story should completely capture me.

*Throne of Glass Spoliers*

Some things that reminded me of TOG:
- And
Dannii Elle
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
So short but so good! I have heard mixed opinions about this first installment in the Zenith series but I am firmly in the 'love' club with this one!

The scene opens in deep space, on board the Maurader spaceship with its all girl crew (#galpower). Captain Andi and her teammates are attempting to outmaneuver their bounty hunter convoy as they careen through space and onto their next mission.

There was so much action packed into this short package! Little backstory was given and no explanation was
Darling I think you made a typo... It's "fuck" not "fike."

Okay... so here we go. I was greatly debating on if I was going to publish a review or not because I was afraid of the great uproar/backlash I would receive from the community (which is horrific guys. Come On. Respect the opinion of your fellow readers. And if you're going to judge then I expect you to have read every single book in the world. Then you can truly judge all of us. And if you want to critique someone then please have at lea
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
I'd like to say for the record that I really like Sasha Alsberg as both a person and a book tuber. I just don't really like her writing/story AS FOR NOW. I think there is a lot of potential, but she was not ready for a book release yet. //

This Part of the Review was written before it was released. scroll down for a short review:

I am definitely going to check this book out, but I am pretty critical of the whole idea. Till recently Sasha has always said that she could never see herself as a writer
DNF pretty sure I'd still rated 2 stars.

*eye rolling*
Mar 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash
*0.25 stars*
Can someone explain to me how the hell this got published AND became a #1 NYT Bestseller? I am disappointed in y'all.

RTC when I can process how awful this shit was.
So here is my wonderless wonderful review!
As I said above, I can never get how this got published. And I wasted my 2 dollars on this. The description says 60 pages, but bitch it is 42 pages. Also, there are acknowledgements and like the cover, first page, and the copyright page, so I just don't ge
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Sasha Alsberg is the #1 NYT Bestselling Co-Author of ZENITH: The Androma Saga.

When Sasha is not writing or obsessing over Scotland she is making YouTube videos on her channel Abookutopia. She lives in Massachusetts with her dogs, Fraser and Fiona

For her writing, she is represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary.

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