Zodiac begins on what appears to be a normal day in space high school. Rhoma, or Rho for short, seems like a pretty cool chick from the start. She’s a drummer and she’s in a band with her best friend, who happens to be a Sagittarian (good choice, Rho! *says the fellow Sagittarian*). Then, BOOM! Their lives explode and they’re thrust into things they probably never imagined they’d be taking part in, especially Rho.
There’s a lot of things going on in this book, from the start. After the incident, Rho is made Guardian of House Cancer because it’s written in the stars, she begins to train with her childhood crush, and she discovers what and who it is that is wrecking havoc on the galaxy. Sometimes I just wished she’d slow down, but I understood that they were in a dire situation the whole book. And poor kid. She struggles with not being taken seriously by her advisors and the other Guardians most of the time. All she really wants to do is help. I thought Romina Russell did a good job demonstrating just how young and not ready to lead Rho was at times. I mean, Rho is only 16 years old and was about to graduate from the Academy. While her actions and thoughts felt young to me, they also felt true.
The concept was one of the things that really made me want to read this book. I don’t really know what I was expecting it to be like, but I like the world Romina has created and what I saw of it. Each planet is distinctly unique and specific to their zodiac sign. We don’t get to explore each one thoroughly but Rho talks a lot about them. Maybe we’ll see more in future books in the series.
So there’s a love triangle in this book. I know many of you are probably going to be like WHYYYYY! And I can’t tell you why, but I can tell you that it wasn’t badly done. I liked both love interests, but I wasn’t in love with either. Mathias is older (22) and protective of Rho. They disagree a lot, but it’s coming from a good place. Hysan is closer to her age, charming, and nice. They’re both cute, duh. And they both want what’s best for Rho. I thought she connected with both in different ways, but I can’t say whether one is better than the other, so, sorry I’m no help there. I like that no matter how crazy the world is at any moment in this story, there’s also time for luuuuuuurve. There’s kissing and maybe more! hehe
I thought the story was done really well. There’s a lot of it! But it didn’t make my head spin, which is good. And the last few chapters are SAD, y’all! There’s this moment near the end that I was not expecting and really hope is not really what it appears to be.
Zodiac brings lots of action, suspense, space-jet-setting (yeah, I just made that up), and romance, of course. I think it’s a good start to a very promising series.
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Series: Zodiac #1
Published by Razorbill
Pub Date: December 9th 2014
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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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 Cancrian 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.