Tomorrow (26/09/2018) my first book event will be taking place at the Central Library in Aberdeen, Scotland. I cannot wait. Like, literally, I feel like I am a kid on Christmas Eve: I have been checking the clock just about every five minutes. Despite the unbelievable excitement, I am also really nervous.
If you are able to make it please consider coming along. The event will be filmed (well, I will be filmed with the chairwoman) so, if I can, I will be uploading the video. I say, ‘If I can’ because I am a fool when it comes to computers. I know the very basic things. Anyway, the event booking details are in the picture above! If you can, please come along!
I realise this is becoming a sound-bite as I say it all the time, but thank you all so much for the continuing support and kindness you are giving me. I couldn’t have done any of this without you all. It means more than I can describe to know that Miscellany is in the hands of readers across the world. Knowing people are spending their hard-earned money on my book is mind-boggling and humbling. Thank you all so much.
Zenith, written by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, is the first book in the Androma Saga duology. The book is about an all-girl gang of space pirates who are given the mission of rescuing Valen, the son of General Cortas on Arcardius, from Xen Ptera.
I struggle to come up with words which adequately convey how much I loved this book. It’s one of the few books with over 500 pages that I’ve read in under a week. I started it on Thursday 26th of July and finished it on Monday 30th of July. I am a ridiculously slow reader as well.
I didn’t have a favourite character when reading this book because I liked the majority of them. Joint first would be Andi (because she is so sassy), Dex (because I found him funny for most of the book.), Lira (I’m not sure why exactly, but she was amazing). The character I liked the least was Alfie. I can’t explain why, he just frustrated me. Oddly, I wish he was in the book more. Weird.
The character I related to the most was Andi. I have suffered through guilt following the death of a friend, and I spent the entirety of the book wishing I could tell her it wasn’t her fault. The book really moved me with how delicately Andi’s guilt is handled. It took over a year for me to move on after the death of my friend, and I couldn’t have asked for more caring authors to take the trauma and put it into a book. Sasha and Lindsay wrote this amazingly.
My favourite part of Zenith was maybe three-quarters of the way through the book. Dex is talking to Andi and they are having their ‘five minutes’. If you have read the book, you know what I’m talking about. That’s all I can really say without giving out a spoiler. I loved how honestly the scene was written.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves well-written science-fiction.
The final book in the duology – Nexus – will be out next year (I hope). I cannot wait to read it and find out what happens to the characters.
Rating: 99% (only because I’ll never give a book 100%)
P.S. I’m sorry this review is so short and disjointed: I haven’t been so excited about a book in a long time. This is all I can string together coherently.