Last year I listened to the audiobook of Zenith and contrary to a lot of people, I thought it was quite an enjoyable read! I was surprised at the twists, liked almost all characters, and enjoyed the world building. Sure it wasn’t the best book out there, but it was definitely enjoyable! So when I saw the blog tour for Nexus (the sequel to Zenith) was being announced I really wanted to participate. And luckily, I got the chance do that just that. A big thank you to the Fantastic Flying Book club and the publisher for providing me with not only an eARC, but also a physical copy for Instagram! There is a giveaway going on, on Instagram so please check that out. For now, let’s talk about Nexus!
About the book
by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Release date: May 7th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
#1 New York Times bestselling authors Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings deliver the dazzling finale to the acclaimed Androma Saga, where stunning betrayals and devastating secrets send an embattled galaxy spiraling into the ultimate nightmare.
Her ship is gone, her crew is captured and notorious mercenary Androma Racella is no longer the powerful Bloody Baroness, but a fugitive ruthlessly hunted across the Mirabel Galaxy. The bloodthirsty Queen Nor now rules most of the galaxy through a mind-control toxin and she’ll stop at nothing to destroy her most hated adversary.
Andi will risk anything, even her precious freedom, to find a cure. Stranded with her unlikely ally, Dex, on the unforgiving ice planet of Solera, their plan to infiltrate a black-market city proves dangerously irresistible.
Back in Arcardius, Nor’s actions have opened Mirabel to invasion. As Andi’s crew fights to regain their freedom, Andi and Dex discover a threat far greater than anything they’ve faced before.
Only by saving their mortal enemy can the crew of the Maraudermake one last desperate strike to save the galaxy—unaware that a shattering, centuries-old secret may demand the most wrenching sacrifice of all.
It’s been over a year since I read Zenith, so I didn’t remember all the details from the first part of this story. However, Nexus is written in such a way to all the important details came back to me quite easily and I had no trouble following the story what so ever. Nexus starts pretty soon after the events of Zenith and I thought the first couple of chapters were pretty fast paced. Around 30% the story was a bit slower and it took me longer to read the middle part because of that. But once we hit the 60% mark or so I couldn’t put the book down anymore and I had to keep on reading to find out how it all ended.
I enjoyed the story a lot and think most of it was very well done. The ending went a little bit too fast for my taste but I was very happy how it was all resolved. It was a pretty neat ending with a little bit of sacrifice thrown in. Like Zenith it wasn’t super unique or anything but it was definitely enjoyable. What I did miss this time around was the group of girlfriends being badass together. Andi and her crew are separated so we hardly see them together during Nexus and that was really something I missed. I think that sense of sisterhood was one of the strongest parts of Zenith I hoped to read more of that.
Valen and Nor have really grown on me and I adored their sibling relationship. It was so great to read about them and I think they were my favorites in this installment. I think they were really well developed and while they went about basically everything the wrong way, I did kinda root for them haha. Darai however was super annoying and I just kept wishing he would die!
Dex was another annoying character and I do not care for him one bit. He once again seemed like a failed typical YA hero and it just wasn’t well done. I don’t mind unlikable characters but he just didn’t bring anything to the table and felt off. Andi wasn’t a great character either in Nexus to be honest, I just didn’t really care for her. There wasn’t anything really wrong but I simply didn’t care. The side characters we got to see however, I did really like and I would’ve loved to read more about most of them! They brought a lighter tone to the story and I liked them more than Andi and Dex 😉
All in all an enjoyable read, I would definitely recommend this YA scifi duology to anyone that just likes to read scifi every now and then. It’s an easy read for scifi newbies and in my opinion a very enjoyable one. The first one really focused on female friendships and Nexus has more of a focus on siblings. I’m giving this enjoyable read 3,5 stars.
We’re almost at the end of the blogtour but there are two more days of fun posts! And of course you can look at the other posts as well. You can find the schedule for the tour here.
Links to the book
About the authors
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.
Lindsay Cummings is the #1 NYT Bestselling co-author of ZENITH, along with her duology, THE MURDER COMPLEX from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. She is represented by Pete Knapp at Park Literary in NYC.
Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, writes full time from her home in the deep woods in North Texas, and loves to chat with fellow book nerds. Lindsay created the #booknerdigans hashtag.
She’s still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts–it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter @authorlindsayc or on instagram @authorlindsaycummings
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