By Cynthia Ayala
Once upon a time, there were once 13 houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now there are only 12. The thirteen house thought to be a legend, the boogeyman. But in a tragic accident that kills millions, Rhoma Grace has discovered that the Thirteenth house has a name and has come back from the darkest depth of the universe to destroy the Houses of the Zodiac.
A fantastic novel that works on the premise of the Zodiac and the traits that coincide with that and that leads the novel to explore so many facets of those ideas and characteristics to define and create new and unique worlds within a new world. It begins with a bang, with a hint that something more is going to happen in the universe. With that sparks an original and gripping opening to a story. It gives history, but not all at once. As Rhoma travels Zodiac Galaxy, readers are exploring the history and the narrative alongside her and that leads to something very captivating to read. It’s a great story, full of twists and turns and tension to drive to story forward, keeping the reader hooked onto the narrative and the storytelling. The is always something lurking in the shadows behind the scenes in the story.
The story moves so quickly, in the beginning, matching the atmosphere of a world blown apart. It’s very believable in the noise and movement of the story. And once things start to settle, so too does the story. But there is some lightness to it, brought out by some of the other characters of the story. In all the seriousness, the character’s balance each other out so well to create strong dynamics and more powerful elements to hook the reader into the story. Each character has their own belief system, their own way of making way into the story to make sure that the story balances out so well. Together they work to make the story flow and capture the attention of the reader.
Rhoma is also an exceptional character to follow. She’s strong where she needs to be and fragile at the same time. She’s unique, just like many of them are. And that’s essential for a story that is centralizing on the zodiac and those traits and ideals. Russell has taken those and blown them to create such believable and amazing characters, each one unique in their own way. Together they make the story stronger, and they are the element that makes the reader truly invested in the story. (★★★★☆ |A)
|Pub Date: Dec 9, 2014||Page count: 325pp||Age Range: 12 & Over|
|ISBN: 978-1-5951-4740-0||Publisher: Razorbill||List Price: $17.99|
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