Nexus by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings

Disclaimer: I bought this book to make my friend happy and review it. I would say you owe me, but you did buy me a book I wanted so I say we’re even.

Book: Nexus

Author: Sasha Alsberg and Lindsey Cummings

Book Series: The Androma Saga Book 2

Rating: 1/5

Recommended For…: No one

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Pages: 544

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf

Synopsis: Her ship is gone, her crew is captured and notorious mercenary Androma Racella is no longer the powerful Bloody Baroness, but a fugitive ruthlessly hunted across the Mirabel Galaxy. The bloodthirsty Queen Nor now rules most of the galaxy through a mind-control toxin and she’ll stop at nothing to destroy her most hated adversary.

Andi will risk anything, even her precious freedom, to find a cure. Stranded with her unlikely ally, Dex, on the unforgiving ice planet of Solera, their plan to infiltrate a black-market city proves dangerously irresistible.

Back in Arcardius, Nor’s actions have opened Mirabel to invasion. As Andi’s crew fights to regain their freedom, Andi and Dex discover a threat far greater than anything they’ve faced before.

Only by saving their mortal enemy can the crew of the Marauder make one last desperate strike to save the galaxy—unaware that a shattering, centuries-old secret may demand the most wrenching sacrifice of all.

Review: I had to DNF this book at 60%. Upon opening the book I had instant PTSD from the first book. The first book was awful and this one didn’t improve much more from it. The characters were flat and uninteresting. They’re also obvious copies of other famous YA characters to the point that I wonder how much of their “development” was just straight up pulled from other works. The book doesn’t do anything to set the appropriate mood for the theme of it. The science in this book is so superbly flawed and inaccurate that I wonder if the authors ever did any research to begin with. The world building was atrocious and underdeveloped. The romance… ugh, so tropey. I also thought the storyline didn’t have any uniqueness to it. I felt like I read a better version of this book somewhere else and that I was beta reading this one. Basically, this book was so awful but I’m glad that the two authors didn’t try to lie about it’s spot on the NYT bestseller list, post fake reviews, or use their positions to get fake reviews. That, at least, is some improvement.

Verdict: One of the very few books I don’t recommend.