November 17, 2014

Review: The Zodiac by Romina Russell

Title: The Zodiac
Author: Romina Russell
Published: December 9, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books
Hardcover: 336 pgs

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Rhoma Grace is a student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life - so instead, she looks up at the night sky.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, killing thousands of citizens, 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 and she 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?

This has to be one of the most unique books I've read in a long time. If you're into astrology, science fiction, or space travel, this book is a definite read.

Rho is a fabulously fierce character. She is a Cancer, by birth, and with that comes a loyalty and nurturing like no other. At every obstacle, her goal is to protect as many people as possible. At every sign of danger, all she needs to think about is home and she can get "centered" -- stronger. I loved that idea (very much like meditation) because it shows you who a character truly is at heart. Every time Rho centers herself, you feel like you're getting a brief glimpse into her soul -- and it is pure, and beautiful, and strong. I think we should all find that place that 'centers' us in life -- it puts everything into perspective.

Rho has an incredible amount of pressure thrust on her shoulders just days before her 17th birthday. Considering she has to serve as the Guardian of an entire sign, she handles it pretty well!

The zodiac aspect of this book is also extremely fascinating. I read my horoscope every now and then, but I definitely wouldn't say I'm an expert at signs or their traits. I enjoyed reading how different characters interacted with each other based on their signs.

I must forewarn GCReaders, though, there is a love triangle in this book. I know, I know...we've all seen them a million times before. But I must say -- I didn't entirely hate this one. Both of the men in Rho's life are good-hearted and easy to fall in love with. It's easy to see how she could be caught between both. Plus, she's seventeen -- I mean, it's easy to fall in love with anything that smiles when you're that age!

Romina Russell's book is well thought out, had great action scenes, and despite the heavy amount of space lingo, didn't lose me (too much). I look forward to seeing what else Russell has in store.

4 out of 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad that someone liked this book. I shipped the wrong couple and was frustrated by the MC and all of her choices . I did enjoy this world :)


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