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– S Y N O P S I S –
At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….
Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.
When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.
Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.
But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?
Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.
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The books I’ve read these past two weeks had made me suffer consecutive book hangovers. And now, Romina Russell’s debut novel, Zodiac, is just the latest of them all. 😍
For so long, I have delayed reading this book because 1) it’s a sci-fi, a genre I barely read anymore, and 2) I’m afraid it will let me down like those other books written by new authors. Now it turns out that this book has exceeded my expectations. And after finishing it, I’ve been raving about it nonstop on Twitter. To my surprise, my ramblings aroused the curiosity of some fellow bookworms and made them convinced to put this book on their top priority list (LOL). I can only hope that those people would like it as much as I did.
But anyway, this book largely appealed to me because of my love for astrology and zodiac signs. This fact should already be evident just by looking at the name of my blog. And then there’s also the eye-catching cover that I love. 😍
Zodiac’s opening line sold me instantly. However, I do have to admit that it took me several tries to get into the story. But once I started dedicating my full attention to it, I became completely enraptured by their world, and all the characters present within it.
The pacing was fast, which is just the way I like it, and the narration was so good and vivid, you can easily picture out the scenes in your mind’s eye. The plot is full of suspense, the world-building wonderfully detailed. The characters are all multidimensional, each one bearing the traits of their own House, but somehow they’re not all the same.
My favorite part about this book though was its conflicts. It is so amazing how the author skillfully weaved the conflicts into the story, may they be personal or interpersonal. The characters’ struggles arouse the reader’s emotions, and that itself makes this book a gem.
The main character, Rho, struggles with almost everything. Despite her honesty, she still has opponents everywhere – in other Houses and even among her own people. She also questions herself and worries constantly about her own family. Even the other characters have it hard, too. Even Ophiuchus.
But despite how she was being treated, Rho’s unwavering loyalty still prevailed. Her Cancrian nature won’t allow her to abandon her people – or any other Zodiac for that matter. Not everybody has that kind of willpower and patience. And so, I salute Rho for that.
Then there’s also the classic love triangle. Honestly, it’s so hard to choose between Mathias and Hysan. Even though Hysan is the more supportive of the two (and the more charming one, I should add), I find it hard to trust him. I also noted the fact that both he and Ophiuchus are orphans, that Hysan was the one who has so much knowledge about Psy-shields, and the one who egged Rho on to become the leader of a war she was never prepared for. It just all screams suspicious to me.
Overall, Zodiac is a fantastic read. I definitely recommend it to everyone especially to our young adults. I think even the non-astrology lovers will like it. This book had totally left me hanging with a lot of questions, but I can’t wait to read Wandering Star next for some answers!
I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a good day everyone! ☺
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“Those who think only in straight lines cannot see around a curve.” ― Romina Russell, Zodiac
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Some feel-good songs you can listen to while you’re reading this book. Comment down if you have any more suggestions and I’ll add them to my list.
– B O O K D E T A I L S –
Author: Romina Russell
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Series: Zodiac (Zodiac #1)
Publication Date: December 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
ISBN: 1595147403 (ISBN13: 9781595147400)