My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
My first comment about this book is that I want to warn people about some of the elements or representations in this book. There is both murder and death in this book, which isn’t entirely surprising but is vivid enough that I would warn younger readers against it. Trigger warning, there is also rape and PTSD, and although that is not something I personally suffer from I did not feel that it was well portrayed in the book. I would hate to recommend a book and not mention an element that might be harmful to a reader.
Overall, it was a fun, easy read. It certainly did not wow me with its character development or world building, but I enjoyed the plot arc. The main cast was rather large with six characters taking the lead, although it could be argued that there were more than even that. We join the crew of space pirates on the Marauder, a rag-tag group of girls who cause chaos throughout the galaxy. It was nice to see the true sense of friendship and camaraderie between the girls.
The plot line was predictable, but that didn’t mean that I enjoyed the book any less – it just didn’t leave me with any surprises. Despite that, I am curious how the series will continue and if our characters will be given the time to evolve. I also hope that the worlds we have been introduced to in the first book will be developed further, for although we have been told of or seen a lot of Zenith’s world we have not experienced it in a way that feels like a developed, immersive world.
I listened to the book via audiobook and enjoyed it in that form. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy all of the narrators’ performances. There were one or two who completely drew me out of the story. In general though, I thought they did a good job.