Zodiac by Romina Russell

Type: Series
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Date Published: December 9, 2014
Sequel: Wandering Star 
Publisher: Razorbill

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Summary: 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?

Review: It was an interesting concept of using the zodiac signs to build a world and I was pretty excited to see how it turned out. It was a big disappointment. 

It was cheesy and predictable. The world is confusing and there was a lot of information jammed into a short book. Like I said, the world is based off of astrology and the main character, Rhoma is from House Cancer, which means that she is very caring. It reminded me of the Divergent world where instead of factions that shows your personality, each "house" that you are born in shows what type of person you are. 

The characters are not very likable at all. These are one of the few rarest times where I do not like the main character at all. Rhoma is frustratingly annoying and I just can't keep up with her. She has two love interests: Hysan (whom I approve) and Mathias, both forbidden and yet she falls in love with them both. Throughout most of the book, Rhoma is just trying to figure out her feelings for both boys and I just can't stand it.

Overall, this book is filled with a lot of disappoinments. About halfway through, I just wanted to get this book over with that I started to skim through the pages to the end. 

My Rating: 1.5/5