Title: Black Moon
Published: December 6th, 2016 by Razorbill
Synopsis: One final secret stands between Rho and the enemy. But will the devastating truth be enough to destroy her first?
Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now, the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared. But Rho is suspicious. She believes the Master is still out there in some other form. And looming over all are the eerie visions of her mother, who died many years ago, but is now appearing to Rho in the stars. When news of a stylish new political party supported by her best friend, Nishi, sends Rho on another journey across the galaxy, she uses it as an opportunity to hunt the hidden master and seek out information about her mother. And what she uncovers sheds light on the truth–but casts darkness upon the entire Zodiac world
Since I first read Zodiac, Rhoma has remained one of my favorite protagonists. Not only is she willing to sacrifice her life for the people she cares about, she is also willing to sacrifice her life for those whom don't believe in her. And despite constant uncertainty, she begins to believe in herself once more. She speaks her mind among the houses, with hope that even one voice can make all the difference.
The world building is incredible, painting imagery as clear as crystal. The stars, the planets, the different cultures, it's so memorizing. These pages flow seamlessly into the next.
What I love most about the Zodiac series, is how often I find myself thinking back to certain moments, long after I have put the book down. Moments that become such powerful realizations only in retrospect.
"I've realized the future is different for each of us. For some it's fifty years, for others it's ten months, and sometimes it's just a few minutes. I don't know how long mine is, but I know how I want to spend it.”
"My soul no longer feels anchored to a piece of land or a body of water."
"The happiest people are the ones who have mastered life's hardest lesson. They've learned how to let go."
'When we pass judgment, we hit a dead end. When we analyze something with an open mind, we can explore a concept into infinity.”
Like previous entries in the series, Black Moon is a beautifully crafted story with many heartfelt and thought provoking dialogue. It shows us the importance of unity and how, although there may be different Houses, that we are all on this path together. And it's a timeless reminder that no matter what happens in life, we can find our way out of the dark.
There can never be enough stories like this placed upon our shelves.