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 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 Ho...

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Title:Honor Among Thieves
Author:Rachel Caine
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Honor Among Thieves Reviews

  • Crazy4Books

    If I had to recommend 1 scifi to pick up in 2018 this would be the one. Its so freaking incredible I cant even explain. This is definitely my favorite book of 2017 and it doesnt even come out until February 2018 so I havent been able to fangirl about it with anyone. Its about these living alien ships and a female criminal who gets paired up with one for a year long journey. The characters and their relationships were beautiful and impactful. The plot was so compelling and mysterious. It deserves

    If I had to recommend 1 scifi to pick up in 2018 this would be the one. Its so freaking incredible I cant even explain. This is definitely my favorite book of 2017 and it doesnt even come out until February 2018 so I havent been able to fangirl about it with anyone. Its about these living alien ships and a female criminal who gets paired up with one for a year long journey. The characters and their relationships were beautiful and impactful. The plot was so compelling and mysterious. It deserves all the stars in the world.

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  • 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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  • 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.

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    This book was such a beautiful surprise. I expected a fun space story with an interesting relationship between Zara, the main character, and Nadim

    This book was such a beautiful surprise. I expected a fun space story with an interesting relationship between Zara, the main character, and Nadim the sentient alien ship she’s partnered with.

    was so much more than a simple story, it was an exploration of self, personal connection, and fighting for what is right. And I am so incredibly happy to have read it.

    was the greatest! He was so easy to connect to and I loved him so so so much. He was hones,tearnest, and endearing . I just really like learning about all the

    . They were so interesting and I loved their admiration for space and the stars.

    The

    were stellar and filled with such reverence and respect. I was utterly captivated by the emotional bonds that formed between Zara and Nadim. I felt their relationship and it was glorious. I also loved the deep friendship that forms between Zara and Beatriz through the story. Again, it so respectful and honest and I’m here for all the lady friendships. I also really loved seeing Beatriz and Nadim slowly bond through the story.

    There was a ton of

    in the story! We get two female leads who are people of color, Zara is black and Beatriz is Brazilian. There are also a Chinese side character, Chao-Xang. I also loved seeing the balance of STEM fields and creative fields, showing people can excel in both areas.

    There was really good tension and suspense in the

    . The threats felt real and dangerous creating drama and high stakes. I wasn’t expecting much action wise, but all the scenes were incredibly well done and I FELT it.

    was so weak compared to the rest of the book, it honestly felt like it was part of another story. It was incredibly fast paced and jumped over all the learning and training that would have been really interesting. And I didn’t care at all about the Deluca side plot that completely fell away after part one ended. Part One really seemed like weak filler until we got to the amazingness that is the rest of the book.

    This books was so heartwarming and beautiful and I was completely captivated by the emotions in the story. It was honesty a beautiful surprise that I genuinely loved.

    is a captivating story of connection and emotion that completely grips you and takes you on a marvelous ride.

  • Jennifer

    3.5/5 stars

    Honor Among Thieves is the first book in a new Young Adult science fiction series set in the future in the year 2142.

    The book is divided into four parts.

    The narrator is teenager Zara Cole (she is around 17-18). She is a petty criminal who lives on the streets of New Detroit. Her mom and sister live on Mars.

    In this world there is something called the Honors. These are people who are selected to travel for a year in outer space. Nobody knows much about what happens to the Honors. But th

    3.5/5 stars

    Honor Among Thieves is the first book in a new Young Adult science fiction series set in the future in the year 2142.

    The book is divided into four parts.

    The narrator is teenager Zara Cole (she is around 17-18). She is a petty criminal who lives on the streets of New Detroit. Her mom and sister live on Mars.

    In this world there is something called the Honors. These are people who are selected to travel for a year in outer space. Nobody knows much about what happens to the Honors. But those who are selected are treated like royalty.

    There is an Honors Selection Committee. And I actually found everything to do with the Honors to be quite fascinating. Although I think that the most interesting aspect of it is that the Honors travel aboard alien ships. But the ships can communicate and feel things. So essentially they live aboard a living ship.

    I really liked the first half of this book a lot. I thought that Zara was an interesting character. The main alien ship featured in this book is Nadim. I definitely thought that Nadim being able to talk and have feelings was intriguing.

    Is there romance in this book? This is actually not an easy question to answer. There isn't a traditional romance. But there is a romantic aspect to the story.

    The last part of the book was definitely my least favorite. There are battles and fighting and unfortunately I just didn't enjoy this part of the story at all. The first half of the book was 4 stars for me. The concept of the Honors and the alien ships travelling in space was fantastic. Overall, Honor Among Thieves was definitely an interesting first book.

    Thanks to edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for allowing me to read this book.

  • 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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  • Sarah

    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!

  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)

    Update Nov 2017: Apparently, they scratched the psychiatric diagnosis from the premise (and made several other changes) – for those of you wondering why I talk about antisocial personality disorder in the preview below. Seems like a good call to me.

    –––

    I'm reasonably curious about this because

    like HELLO THERE INTRIGUING BOOK

    However, I'm somewhat worried about the mental disorder depicted in

    . I'm not sure why they call it antisocial disorder

    Update Nov 2017: Apparently, they scratched the psychiatric diagnosis from the premise (and made several other changes) – for those of you wondering why I talk about antisocial personality disorder in the preview below. Seems like a good call to me.

    –––

    I'm reasonably curious about this because

    like HELLO THERE INTRIGUING BOOK

    However, I'm somewhat worried about the mental disorder depicted in

    . I'm not sure why they call it antisocial disorder in the premise. Unless the DSM-V contains several mental disorders bearing that name, they wrote a character who has antisocial

    disorder, predominantly characterised by a disregard for morals, social norms, and the rights of others. I also don't like that they refer to her condition as an unchangeable "attitude". Now, ASPD is a rather severe disorder, and though the authors seem to have caught on that these individuals often lead a life of crime and/or other issues, there are

    many things that could go wrong with the depiction of ASPD in this book.

    Many individuals suffering from ASPD also experience difficulties maintaining long-term relationships with others. Does this apply to space ships WELL I DUNNO?!

    Hence, I'll be hesitant to pick this up.

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