Take a trip to the galaxy in this science fiction adventure alongside a spaceship that is an alien at the same time. Discover the mysteries and secrets behind the book Honor Among Thieves. Honor Among Thieves is co-written by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre.
In the Honor Among Thieves, we meet a girl named Zara who is estranged from her family and lives in the streets of New Detroit. Instead of moving to Mars with her sister and mother she choose a life as thief. In the the story, Zara ends up stealing a purse from a girl who ends up being the daughter of a dangerous crime boss. This leaves Zara fearing for life and must find a way to hide. In order to do this Zara purposely ends up in rehab where she previously stayed at and decides to hide as a patient. Thinking it was a great plan as a way to hide gets ruined when she mysteriously gets recruited to join the elite group of people known as Honors.
Honors are a group of people who are chosen to go on a trip to space and ride ship. This spaceship actually turns out to be an alien race known as the Leviathan. The Leviathan is responsible for saving the Earth from its own destruction and in return Honors are chosen to travel the galaxy in with them for a year.
Zara gets thrown into this world and must train as an Honor. Once aboard the alien spaceship, she meets a girl named Bea and the Leviathan named Nadim and learns about what it takes to survive in space. Through the story, Zara also uncovers mysterious secrets about the alien race and discovers that there are more dangerous things than trying to hide from a crime lord.
This book floated on my radar because I am a big fan of Rachel Caine’s written. And in fact, that I have reviewed some of her books from The Great Library series and The Morganville books. This book caught my eye because it was different from her other stuff the fact its science fiction and it was co-written by Ann Aguirre.
As for the actual book I thought the concept and idea of an alien who is also spaceship were unique. I also thought it was different from the average blue alien type of story that I am more familiar with. I also like the fact that the aliens have a name and it’s own personality. Most stories where there is an alien they can be cold creatures that just hate Earth. In this book, the main Leviathan whose name is Nadim has a warm friendly personality that also makes you forget that he is an alien ship.
As for the main character Zara, I thought she was a badass. She comes from a not to great upbringing and brings her street smarts to space. Despite living in the streets, she also is smart and actually is able to adapt to the setting she is in. I also like the fact that was willing to connect with the Nadim which helped the story. I like seeing the bond grow within the story.
As for her connection with the other main character Bea. I like the fact that the book has two strong female characters that can handle themselves on a ship. When things get ugly they pretty are a strong team that just kick ass. Especially Bea who actually I can see how she started out as a scared panicky girl that refuses to leave room to a girl who ends up being a smart ass that knew who to code and command a computer station.
That said there was something that I would have to see in the story where it fell short on. I would have like to see more of the exchange of point of views in the story. I know it’s a book focused on the main character Zara but I would’ve like to see the point of view on the other main characters so I can learn more about them rather it being told to me. Especially Bea. As much as I saw how she developed through the story I would like to see how can grow out of the fear she had and changed from her perspective.
I also felt like as much as things were explained in the story towards the end, there were still things I am still wanting to know more about. I also felt like there were some parts of the story where it was slow and need to be shorter like the beginning. The story also didn’t really explain why the Zara was the chosen one for the job.
Overall I really liked the book and like the story idea. It was fresh and exciting. There was the mystery and the book did make it hard to put it down because I wanted to know more. I am hoping the next book in the series steps up with the action and I like to see more of the side characters developed more as well.