DRC: Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

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Zara Cole, petty criminal with a past, chooses to live in New Detroit instead of moving to her family in Mars. She’d rather fend for herself than live inside a dome. But when Zara commits a crime that lands her in trouble, she might end up inside a dome after all–a prison shaped one, that is.

Luckily, Zara manages to escape this fate through the surprise announcement of her recruitment in the Honors program, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan, a race of sentient alien ships, to explore the universe as the Leviathan’s passengers.

Zara takes this chance, but when she meets Nadim, the ship she’s paired with, she finally starts to feel at home. Yet the truths behind the alluring glitter of starlight is darker than what Zara could have expected, and she’ll have to face these in order to live the life she’s always wanted.

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This book is so awesome!

I had a hefty pile of sci-fi e-ARCs to conquer, and this was the second one I approached & absolutely adored!

It was put together so well. Everything felt very cohesive, which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed this so much.

The plot was well structured and really helped build up the mystery gradually throughout the novel. The novel wasn’t super twisty, but rather mysterious until the final reveal which zaps us into a book two I cannot wait to read!

I also really liked the main character. I admired her a lot yet she wasn’t put on a pedestal. Zara was brave and cool and badass without being weirdly contradicting (like Celeana) or not actually badass (like countless others). She seemed level headed most of the time and was able to fight yet still hold value in proper hair care.

I love the diversity in this book because Zara’s at least a portion black, I’m not sure, and as I mentioned before, she cares a lot about using proper hair care products. I thought introducing her race was done very tastefully and it wasn’t a super huge deal but it also wasn’t awkward like in some novels.

The other characters were also nice to read, such as Zara’s companion on Nadim who is a singer & she establishes a healthy friendship with and Nadim himself.

I love the concept behind this book because the idea that the Leviathan came and helped save the human race was pretty relevant (look at our poor environment) and the mystery behind the Leviathan helped establish the “foraying into the great unknown” feeling that Zara has when being one of the chosen ones to take the tour with the Leviathan.

My only problem with this book was that I had no idea what a Leviathan looked like. In retrospect, this is a petty issue, but it bugged me throughout the whole novel that I didn’t know what Nadim or any of the other Leviathans looked like.

I nearly tore out my hair (not literally, of course) trying to figure out if I just somehow missed the passage on Leviathan description or if it really wasn’t elaborated enough.

I learned a lot about how they operated, but the actual features were kind of blurry to me. They have tails and solar wings, but what does their skin look like? What’s the shape of them? Approximately how large are they? Where do you land–is it like they have a mouth?

All of these questions made it kind of confusing to me, but the important parts of a Leviathan were well established.

There wasn’t really any romance in this novel, but Zara and Nadim form this bond that humans and Leviathans make, and it’s kind of unusual. I don’t know how Leviathans reproduce, but it was kind of weird sometimes to see Zara and Nadim together and I got this feeling that there was more behind it than just “friendship.”

I’m really not sure where that’s going to go, but I didn’t really mind it in this novel & can’t wait to see what going to happen in the next.

I can’t spoil much about the actual plot, but seeing Zara and Nadim travel in space was really cool, and I like the thought that was put into setting this series up for other things in space. This novel was paced really well and I think the reveal of things happening in space was done very nicely.

Side note: I’m super confused on what the cover is supposed to be. I just don’t really understand it. Is it like a bulls eye or something else? I’d love some clarification if anyone knows what it is!

Overall, I very much enjoyed reading Honor Among Thieves and would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, science fiction, and other action-y novels. I will definitely be reading the sequel when it comes out and can’t wait to buy a copy!

You can preorder Honor Among Thieves now or buy it in stores on February 13th, 2018!

much love, vicky

Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books / Harper Collins / Edelweiss for providing me with a digital review copy in exchange for an honest review!

What do you think of the summary? Are you excited to read this?

11 thoughts on “DRC: Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

    1. There isn’t any romance, but there’s a lot of good character themes (friendship, togetherness, family) that I think make up for it and keep this story from being too action-y! You should definitely give it a shot!

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  1. Hey Vicky! I am Rachel Caine’s assistant, Sarah. First, THANK YOU for such an amazing review! Second, from talking with Rachel and Ann I can tell you that the Leviathan basically look like giant space whales. Hope this helps! (Wish I could explain the cover, but other than looking cool and science fiction-y, I have nothing lol)

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    1. Ahh, thank you so much for getting in contact with me–I definitely enjoyed reading Honor Among Thieves! And that’s so cool, thank you for telling me (time to make some fanart)!

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