Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy
Series: Zodiac, book 1
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Rho Grace, the newly made Guardian of House Cancer, must convince the entire Zodiac that the Thirteenth House, Ophiuchus – a House long since labeled as myth and a thing to scare children – has returned and that they must stand together to defeat him or fall one by one.
Zodiac has been one of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time. This book was amazing – I loved it so much. I had only read a few chapters before I decided that I had to read the other books in this series.There are so many twists and turns that’ll keep you guessing and enthralled for the entirety of the story.
Romina Russell takes what we know about zodiac signs and places it in a fictional, interstellar world where everyone is divided by what sign they are. The use of the zodiacs and the world she creates for them is so well-crafted and detailed. I felt immersed in the setting right away.
I love Rho’s character. She’s a drummer in a band with her friends at the Academy. She reads the stars differently from others, which immediately casts her as an outsider-ish and presents a challenge throughout the novel. She’s strong-willed and grows immensely in just this first book. I love how she’s willing to do anything for her people and the entire Zodiac no matter how many times she fails.
There is a love triangle but it’s a good one – one worth paying attention to. There was also a small section of dialogue from one character that was a bit cringe-y to read though. But other than that the writing was really good and creative.
Zodiac is such a unique and thrilling story with bits of humor here and there. I can’t wait to read the second book, Wandering Star. I highly recommend this book and series – it did not disappoint. This had everything I love about YA and Fantasy.