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 Cancerian 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?
I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Zodiac since it came out (and before) so I wanted to love this book, and I did love parts of it, but for the most part it just wasn’t doing it for me.
First of all, all of the space/astronomy/science talk was actually really hard to grasp at some points – so I would just read them and move on, hoping that the plot would help me understand but mostly I was just clueless on certain things. When you read a book, you don’t want to feel like you need to look things up to fully understand what’s happening, so that was a major let down.
While I really liked the characters and connected with Rho, I felt like the story was allover the place. We were constantly bouncing from one place to the next and trying to convince everyone of what Rho saw and it was just very… exhausting. Books should not exhaust you! I do love Hysan (although he makes me suspicious) and Mathias, and cannot wait to see what’s in store for everyone next. I have my own set of theories as to who Ophiucus is and I’m very curious to see where the story goes. I will say this though – Romina Russell is REALLY good at writing. Her descriptions are some of the best I’ve read and it really felt like I was there with Rho throughout everything.
The concept is really good, and I did really enjoy the story overall – I rated Zodiac 3/5 on Goodreads and I’ll definitely be reading the next books in the trilogy – like I said above, I have to know if what/who I suspect (not going into details there) will actually turn out to be correct!