Honor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1)
by Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre
Published on February 13th 2018
by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Mortal Danger
Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.
Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.
Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.
- Outstanding writing! If you are a fan of either (or both) authors, like I am, you are in for a treat.
- I loved Zara. A lot. She’s feisty, good, full of empathy, knows how to fight, she’s stubborn, relentless, loyal, and persistent. She grows a lot as a character during the story.
- I also liked Beatriz, her partner/roommate. She’s from Brazil, she’s super smart, she understand a lot of what’s left unsaid and she’s an amazing singer.
- Nadim is a sentient alien ship. So he’s basically a huge alien and people live inside of ‘him’. Honors are the 100 people selected every year to live inside 50 ships for a whole year. They perform tasks for the ships, do experiments, visit other planets and then come back to earth. Nadim felt almost like a person, but ‘he’s’ everywhere at once.
- The worldbuilding is unique, easy to understand, if not always comfortable to read. I hope that makes sense for you because I got confused just writing that sentence 🙂
- The ‘bonding’ that takes place between Zara – and at a lesser degree with Beatriz – and Nadim is kind of weird. View Spoiler »For Zara and Nadim feels almost romantic in nature, which is impossible as they are different species, right? « Hide Spoiler
- There is a lot of unexplained things, events, cruelty, mysteries. A LOT. Other concepts were really hard to understand for me, like singing stars.
- There’s a lot of action, but sometimes it felt like the story was going nowhere fast, you know what I mean?
Overall, Honor Among Thieves was weird. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just unlike anything I’ve read before and might not be for everyone. It was good enough to hook me to read the next book, that’s for sure.