Honor Among Thieves

Honor Among Thieves

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...

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Honor Among Thieves Reviews

  • Crazy4Books

    If I could only recommend 1 Scifi book this would be it!

    This book hooked me right from the prologue. From that point on I just knew I was reading my next favorite book. The concept was so incredibly fascinating. Living alien ships have made contact with Earth and agreed to share planet saving technology in exchange for 100 chosen human representatives every year who are willing to go on a 1 year tour of space with them. They tell the world their goal is to learn from the cultural exchange, but

    If I could only recommend 1 Scifi book this would be it!

    This book hooked me right from the prologue. From that point on I just knew I was reading my next favorite book. The concept was so incredibly fascinating. Living alien ships have made contact with Earth and agreed to share planet saving technology in exchange for 100 chosen human representatives every year who are willing to go on a 1 year tour of space with them. They tell the world their goal is to learn from the cultural exchange, but not everyones convinced their motives are that simple.

    Our main character Zara is a runaway thief who is suddenly chosen to go on the tour. Despite not knowing why aliens would choose a criminal with violent tendencies for the tour, she does know this is her only chance to avoid the long reach of a dangerous mobster with a serious grudge. Her background story and developpement added a lot of depth to her character. Her criminal side taught her to be resourceful and cunning. She wasnt afraid to ask the hard questions and I loved that about her. She was just an amazing character.

    Her interactions with the alien ship Nadim were super compelling. I got completely invested in their relationship. I also loved how Zara and Beas friendship evolved. I thought the mystery behind the aliens motivations was very intriguing. I enjoyed the little parts between chapters implying the aliens might have more sinister motivations than they let on. The idea of living alien ships and reading from their perspective was so captivating. This was definitely my number one favorite book of 2017 and I read quite a few incredible books.

    The writing was easy to immerse myself in and the descriptions sprinkled in made the world come to life. I loved its addictive quality. I read it in less than 2 days because I just couldnt put it down. When they first start traveling in space we get to explore Zara and Nadims relationship. The action mixed witg the character development was perfect and the ending was just so freaking epic. I love the direction the plot took and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. Id totally recommend this if you like scifi because it was phenomenal.

    *received for review consideration*

  • Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)

    4.5 stars!!!

    LOVED IT!!! And I think part of why I loved it is the ship. Reminded me of one of my all time fave tv shows - Farscape.

    Such great characters. A story line I had NO CLUE which way the authors were going to take things. A fast paced, action packed plot that kept me at times holding my breath and others smiling bright as I traveled through space, while lost in my own imagination.

    Great read.

    Just what I needed and now I need more, more, more! Can't wait to see what happens next! Highly

    4.5 stars!!!

    LOVED IT!!! And I think part of why I loved it is the ship. Reminded me of one of my all time fave tv shows - Farscape.

    Such great characters. A story line I had NO CLUE which way the authors were going to take things. A fast paced, action packed plot that kept me at times holding my breath and others smiling bright as I traveled through space, while lost in my own imagination.

    Great read.

    Just what I needed and now I need more, more, more! Can't wait to see what happens next! Highly recommend.

  • Carrie

    Zara Cole has been separated from her family for quite awhile after having medical issues as a young child. Zara's mother and sister have gone to live on Mars but for Zara that would feel too much like being caged in. She has been surviving on the outskirts of New Detroit living off her wits and what she can steal but when Zara picks the wrong target to steal from and she finds herself in quite a bit of danger.

    After stealing the purse guards are sent to retrieve the contents from Zara so she le

    Zara Cole has been separated from her family for quite awhile after having medical issues as a young child. Zara's mother and sister have gone to live on Mars but for Zara that would feel too much like being caged in. She has been surviving on the outskirts of New Detroit living off her wits and what she can steal but when Zara picks the wrong target to steal from and she finds herself in quite a bit of danger.

    After stealing the purse guards are sent to retrieve the contents from Zara so she let's herself get sent to a home for wayward youth that she had done everything to escape from in the past. Just when Zara thinks that her plan to get locked up might keep her safe the man after her makes an appearance but lucky for Zara she is recruited into the Honors, one of the one hundred humans this year selected by the Leviathan, a race of sentient alien ships, to board and explore outer space with them.

    Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre is the first book in the new young adult science fiction fantasy series, The Honors. The story revolves around street smart Zara who has shunned the alien advancements and technology and chose to live on the streets until she needs an escape. The ship that Zara boards is actually a sentient being with whom Zara forms an intense connection.

    There is plenty of action in this new series to keep the pages turning and the excitement level up while reading. The world the authors have built within this first book was one that was quite intriguing and done rather well so far although my one complaint came with just wanting more with a few unanswered questions at the end of this first book. I definitely became hooked on the series though and would rate this one at 4.5 stars while hoping that the story continues to grow and thrive in the next book.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.

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  • Yodamom

    Aliens come to earth offering help and more to humans. These are not your typical two legged, upright aliens no these are like spaceships. You can travel in them, and some humans go on a kind of foreign exchange program traveling out into the universe with them. How cool is that ? Oh but it gets so much better, they can communicate with humans, in ways that I'm not going to tell you but they are awesome. The book centers on one alien, and his honors (humans) two very different girls. This alien

    Aliens come to earth offering help and more to humans. These are not your typical two legged, upright aliens no these are like spaceships. You can travel in them, and some humans go on a kind of foreign exchange program traveling out into the universe with them. How cool is that ? Oh but it gets so much better, they can communicate with humans, in ways that I'm not going to tell you but they are awesome. The book centers on one alien, and his honors (humans) two very different girls. This alien is a kind of runt of the litter, and on his last chance mission. Yes, there is a tug on the heart strings. One of the girls is not a follow the rules type and quickly crosses the line with questions and bonding with her host more than she should. There are space fights, dramatic encounters, emotional breakthroughs, and revelations that shock.

    I loved it, I want to hear it on audio now. It was so visually written it would be a fabulous movie. Please make the movie somebody. I was on the edge of my seat through the whole book. it had a slight Star Trek vibe going- bonus. The characters where all so well developed I was felt for all of them. I'm shocked I'm not a SciFi reader, I expected to not like this. It ends with a cliffhanger so be ready to grab the next book.

  • Shreya (☆High Lady of The Night Court☆)

    This book is one of the most unique, amazing things I've ever read. The sci-fi aspect is completely new, atleast to me, and I remained entranced throughout the book. The book is written well but maintains a casual undertone which I really enjoyed.  The characters were the cherry on top. They are great people who came together on this journey and formed a great friendship. 

    We follow Zara, a girl from the worst end of society as she is selected to be an honor. An honor is a person who is chosen t

    This book is one of the most unique, amazing things I've ever read. The sci-fi aspect is completely new, atleast to me, and I remained entranced throughout the book. The book is written well but maintains a casual undertone which I really enjoyed.  The characters were the cherry on top. They are great people who came together on this journey and formed a great friendship. 

    We follow Zara, a girl from the worst end of society as she is selected to be an honor. An honor is a person who is chosen to embark on a journey inside a Leviathan in outer space for an year and if they are deemed fit, they are chosen to go on a Journey. But no one knows what happens in a Journey because the people who were chosen and accepted never communicated with Earth or ever returned to it. A Leviathan is an alien which like humans has a mind and conscience of its own. The Leviathan saved Earth and many other civilizations from the brink of war and ultimately extinction and started the concept of honors so the species could learn from each other. Now the Leviathan can modify their bodies for human survival and act as the ship in which the honors travel.

    Unlike the other honors Zara views the Leviathan, Nadim, as you would any other human being with feelings. And by her doing so it allowas us to see just how human and alive Nadim is. Zara adapts to her life on the Leviathan very quickly and finds that she is more comfortable on Nadim than she ever did back on earth and begins forming a friendship with him. 

    There is beauty around this book I didn't expect. Zaras connection with Nadim really proves that humanity is not something achieved by being human.

    Zara is not alone on the ship, she is partnered with Beatriz and seeing Zara realise that she can actually form a true friendship with Bea and that she doesnt have to worry about being betrayed or hurt is a great experience. Watching Zara grow more accustomed to having people who she can trust and moving out of her untrusting hard exterior is marvelous. Both of them make a great pair and I couldn't have asked for  any better people to lead this story.

    Zara and Bea along with Nadim are doing every task they were assigned but the further and longer they venture in space they come to realise how inconsequential they are in a bigger picture they couldn't have possibly anticipated.

    I loved every word that made this book and the next book will be one of my most anticipated releases. I rate this book 5 stars and recommend it to all Sci-Fi lovers and even if you're not particularly a fan of the genre I encourage you to try it.

  • Alyssa

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    Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

    Book One of the Honors series

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Publication Date: February 13, 2018

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: ARC sent by publicist

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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.

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    Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

    Book One of the Honors series

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Publication Date: February 13, 2018

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: ARC sent by publicist

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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.

    What I Liked:

    I was expecting to love this book, because it's science fiction, and I adore Rachel Caine's books, and I adore Ann Aguirre's books, and this book sounded really great in general. How awesome is it that these two powerhouse authors collaborated to create this story! Honor Among Thieves was thrilling, shocking, and nail-biting, and I am hooked and ready for more.

    This book starts with Zara Cole stealing a rich woman's purse, and some unintended consequences follow. She is hiding from the rich man who is the father of the woman from whom she stole, when she (Zara) is notified that she has been selected to be an Honor. An Honor is a person selected to board a sentient alien ship to explore the universe while working with the ship to help the ship learn more about humans. At first, Zara refuses, but what choice does she have? Becoming an Honor seems safer than waiting for Deluca to hunt her down. But she quickly finds out that being an Honor is infinitely more dangerous than it's made out to be. There is something sinister out in the universe, and Zara may find out about it the hard way.

    It took me some to get into this story - maybe the first hundred pages or so. But when Zara is ready to go on the Tour with the alien ship and another Honor (Bea), then I started to get more interested. The first couple of chapters are very necessary to the story, to get a peek into Zara's background and also her desperation to follow the safer path. Once Zara and Bea get started on the tour with the alien ship (Nadim), things start to pick up.

    This story relies a lot on secrets and hidden information that Zara is determined to find. The alien ships - called Leviathans - are very secretive and as much as Nadim wants to reveal information to Zara, he can't - not without punishment from the Elder Leviathan. So there is a lot that a reader won't know, because Zara won't know, up until the last few chapters. I was reading intently, trying my best not to peek at the ending (I didn't!), but I really wanted to know some of those secrets! The authors set up the reveals well and I didn't feel clueless or lost throughout the story (in terms of the "missing" information that we as readers and Zara are not privy to, until the end).

    Zara is such a bada** chick! She is tough as nails and made of iron, from the start. She has had a difficult upbringing and my heart broke for her, over and over. I love how deep her characterization runs (as heartbreaking as her backstory is). In science fiction, you don't always see heroines or heroes with so much depth. Zara has had emotional trauma in her past and it has stuck with her throughout her life. But it has made her stronger; she is so fierce and fearless!

    Bea is a secondary character but just as important to the story. Think of her as a copilot - she is the second Honor chosen to be aboard Nadim. Bea is unsure and a little timid at the start, but she really grows into her own fierceness and strength as the story goes on. She becomes a great friend to Zara (and vice versa).

    Nadim is the alien ship - yup, he's a ship. But he is made of "flesh and blood", like a human, except he is an alien creature that is a ship. He is sentient and what is cool is that Zara can feel him, like an emotional connection, and that is new to him. Nadim is really cool.

    This book is a bit of a long one, and it's told in parts. The conflict builds slowly, but the pacing of the story is never too slow. I struggled just a little bit in the beginning, but things really pick up in space, and it wasn't too long before I couldn't turn pages fast enough. The world-building is really cool! I would never have thought about this type of concept (alien ships, Honors, sending humans on Tours and Journeys in the alien ships). Caine and Aguirre have created an intriguing (and sometimes terrifying) world in outer space!

    There is technically no romance, though others have mentioned Zara and Nadim as being a romance. They share a very deep emotional connection, which was fascinating to read about. It's pretty cool! It's emotional and not sexual in nature. They are a good match as pilot/ship and work really well together - and their bond is undeniable.

    The ending of this book isn't super cliffhanger-y, and I suppose it could end like a standalone would, but I'm glad there will be more books to come (or at least one more, right?). There is a lot out there in space that Zara, Bea, and Nadim haven't encountered, so I'm sure they will be encountering such in the next book(s). I'm ready!

    What I Did Not Like:

    The only thing worth mentioning on my part is how I had a little bit of a hard time with the beginning of the story - maybe the first hundred pages or so. It was a little slow for me, even if the actual events weren't. If that makes sense? I didn't really get invested until Zara begins her Honor training. But that's okay because the rest of the book really makes up for the slowness of the beginning!

    Would I Recommend It:

    Any YA science fiction fans out there? You might really enjoy this book. The comparison of "for fans of Illuminae" is a good one. Anyone who likes that series would enjoy this book. And with such a talented duo behind Honor Among Thieves, it's no surprise that this book could be compared to Illuminae (also written by an incredible duo). Even if you're not into YA science fiction, this might be a thrilling ride for you! It's science-y but not too specifically science-y, which is good for non-science-y readers.

    Rating:

    4 stars. I really enjoyed this book! I've been in a bit of a reading slump over the last couple of months, but this book was the action-packed story that I needed. I can't wait for more!

    Meeeeeeeee, I want! Love these two authors and their books. =)

  • Sarah

    I've been wanting to read

    ever since I heard

    give a reading last year, let's face it you don't often get to read stories about a girl who falls in love with a sentient space ship so the concept had me hooked! This was such a fun story and the writing switched seamlessly between

    and

    , I definitely couldn't pinpoint who wrote which parts.

    The story starts by showing us Zara's life on earth, things have been hard for her and she ended up living

    I've been wanting to read

    ever since I heard

    give a reading last year, let's face it you don't often get to read stories about a girl who falls in love with a sentient space ship so the concept had me hooked! This was such a fun story and the writing switched seamlessly between

    and

    , I definitely couldn't pinpoint who wrote which parts.

    The story starts by showing us Zara's life on earth, things have been hard for her and she ended up living on the streets and working with a gang to survive, she's done things she's not proud of but she's only ever done what she needed to do to survive. When things go badly she ends up in a young offenders institute and without drastic changes she knows her life is on the line when her old gang eventually manage to catch up with her. It's then that she is offered the chance to take part in the Honors Program, a highly specialised training program that gives her the opportunity to travel through space with one of the Leviathans. The Leviathans are huge, whale like aliens that swim through the galaxy like it's an ocean, they are ancient and powerful and they have the ability to allow humans to live inside them to join them on their journeys.

    After training Zara and her crew mate Bea are paired with Nadim, one of the younger Leviathans who is only just beginning his own journey. Working together the girls have to figure out how to survive in space and when Nadim gets injured in a fight with one of his own they start to realise how little humans really know about the Leviathans and what they want with us.

    I really enjoyed this story, the world building was great but it was once Zara and Bea go to space and start to bond with Nadim that things really get interesting. I loved that both girls were immediate allies and friends rather than two women facing off against each other like you so often see in YA. They both have different strengths and personalities but they're happy to work together so there are no petty issues to worry about. What I liked most was getting to know Nadim though and seeing the girls through his eyes, the way the Leviathans are described and the way they see and hear the universe was just fascinating and the authors made it so easy to picture what was happening. Leviathans form a psychic bond with their crew and the developing feelings between Nadim and Zara were really well written, there is definitely love there but it's more of a soul bond than anything particularly romantic so there was nothing that weirded me out.

    This was a great introduction to the series and it definitely left me excited to see how the story continues. I think we still have so much to uncover about the Leviathans and the reason they contacted humans in the first place and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how that plays out.

    Oh and in case you're interested in knowing what Nadim looks like check out this gorgeous illustration from the book:

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    A book about a girl who falls in love with a sentient space ship? Written by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre? Colour me curious.

    We actually heard Ann Aguirre give a reading from this at the Love Letter Convention in Berlin & she totally sold me on it so this is a must read!

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    This felt a bit like Illuminae meets Warcross, but was still its own unique story!

    This felt a bit like Illuminae meets Warcross, but was still its own unique story!

    The basic idea is that Zara narrowly escapes punishment for another crime when she finds herself as one of the Honors (so she's a thief among Honors -- ha see what the title did there). Buuuut things in space are not as they appear...

    I loved the diverse characters and fast pacing! And the fact that the ship was alive was pretty fun, too. Sci fi books in space are usually pretty hit or miss with me, but I totally recommend this one if you love the genre.

  • Emily May

    I struggled with

    pretty much immediately.

    The book opens with Zara Cole running around the streets of New Detroit until a few lifeless action scenes see her accidentally robbing the daughter of an important mobster. She turns herself in to a youth detention center, where she feels she will be safer, but then suddenly finds herself selected for the Honors program - a program that allows a "lucky" few to join the Leviathan, sentient alien ships that explore the dark reaches of

    I struggled with

    pretty much immediately.

    The book opens with Zara Cole running around the streets of New Detroit until a few lifeless action scenes see her accidentally robbing the daughter of an important mobster. She turns herself in to a youth detention center, where she feels she will be safer, but then suddenly finds herself selected for the Honors program - a program that allows a "lucky" few to join the Leviathan, sentient alien ships that explore the dark reaches of space.

    Despite having enjoyed books from both

    and

    , this one really lacked a sense of urgency or tension or

    to make it interesting and compelling. I actually put it down and came back to it several times before I could finally make myself push through. Everything about it seemed to lack a hook, a spark, some charm to make me care about the characters' fate.

    But then, about a third of the way in, I began to realize something else.

    . A much more exciting, far less flawed version called

    .

    I am sure that with names like Caine's and Aguirre's behind it,

    will do better than

    ever did. I am sure lots of people will never read the latter and think that the sentient transport here are a really unique and exciting idea. BUT they are very similar.

    Reeve's book is about a petty thief in space called Zen Starling; this book is about a petty thief in space called Zara Cole. Reeve's book features the characters travelling on sentient trains; this book features the characters travelling on sentient ships. Both books see their petty thief getting caught up in something bigger than they could ever have imagined.

    The similarities stop when it comes to depth, though. Reeve's world is far more richly-imagined with fascinating politics, moral issues to consider, and complex villains. Both books feature a largely non-white cast, but Reeve avoids the racial stereotyping that, unfortunately, Caine and Aguirre sometimes fall into. And Reeve's trains are so much more charming than the ships in this book.

    What we've read before definitely influences how we see new books and I just couldn't get past it here. That being said, however, I do think the book was, at best, an average read, even before I noted all the similarities to a better work. In case it wasn't obvious, I would recommend

    instead.

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