The Children’s Book Review | December 9, 2014
Age Range: 12+
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher’s Synopsis: At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain.
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 lifeso 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 citizensincluding its beloved GuardianRho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancrian 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 Ophiuchusthe exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legendhas returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rhoalong with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guardmust 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?
Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.
Ages 12+ | Publisher: Razorbill | December 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-1595147400
About the Author
Romina Russell is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on the ZODIAC series, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a graduate of Harvard College and a Virgo to the core.
Read The Children’s Book Review’s interview with Romina Russell.