Published by: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 467
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 of 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.
“It’s what I hated about the whole world, back on Earth. All the rules you had to follow without knowing why, and if you asked, you got branded difficult and damaged. Well, I am difficult. I am damaged.”
I have gained a new respect for YA science fiction. And these two authors are why. Honor Among Thieves is the novel I needed at this moment in my life. And I honestly wish I read it sooner. At first glance, I assumed this space novel would be more plot driven. Oh, I was entirely wrong. And I’m glad I was.
Zara Cole, a criminal with demons to hide, never thought she’d be recruited into the Honors. But space may be the only place she feels safe. Equally troubling, she never believed she’d find something, or someone, to call home until she meets Nadim, the sentient alien ship she’s assigned to. But space holds more secrets than she imagines. And she must prepare herself and her crew before it’s too late.
Zara, our leading lady with a mouth to match, stands out from this spectacular cast. She has suffered untold horrors and prefers her life on the streets. She can’t imagine being trapped, and yet she knows the only place she’ll be safe is in space. She grows into her own character, and I can’t get past how she has evolved. Yes, her sarcasm and her wit still stick with her. But somehow life among the stars is where she thrives. She’s one character who I relate on a personal level. Having a not-so-nice past with an equally abusive father, I know her fears, and I understand her more than anyone.
Beatriz, a fellow Honor, almost outshines Zara. Almost. Her character is refreshing, honest, and simply beautiful. And I cannot leave out Nadim, my precious, sweet boy, who needs protection from their cruel universe. I love how he protects his crew. And the way he bonds with Zara is indefinable. He makes me want to cry. A sentient being somehow possesses more humanity than we do. Imagine that.
Both Rachel and Ann have taken the past and the present to build off their universe. They expand beyond our physical world and open up a vast, cold, and daunting landscape ripe for exploration. What scares me the most is how they’ve brought our travesties we’ve committed against our planet and turned them into the storyline’s catalyst.
Leviathan—a sentient alien race, who takes the form of ships—save humans from their own extinction. Instead of destroying our world, they broaden ours by offering the Honors program, where humans explore space with this race. I believe the only downfall to this first book is that we didn’t get enough backstory about these utterly captivating creatures.
And finally, a YA series with swear words and real mental illness representation. I feel these two elements humanize this story. And I need to give the authors the respect they deserve. Now, if you’re hesitant on science fiction novels, take some advice from me. Sometimes, an unlikely story will change your mind. And Honor Among Thieves is one of those stories. So stop convince yourself not to take that risk. This series is worth it.
“Someday, the stars will reach back.”