Hey everyone, today I will be reviewing Honor Among Thieves by Ann Aguirre and Rachel Caine! I hope that you enjoy this review!
Release date: February 13th 2018
Hardcover page count: 309
My rating: 4/5
Honor Among Thieves is the story of Zara, a teenage girl with a nack of stealing who only barely scrapes by in the sorrowful city of New Detroit. But when her newest mark turns out to be someone much more powerful that she believed originally, Zara is forced to run from a dangerous businessman whose only plan for Zara is years is jail -or her life. But just when she thinks her time is up, she is chosen to become an Honor, one of the hundred people chosen to travel with giant sentient spaceship-aliens called the Leviathan for a year long journey around the universe. Embracing her new life, she accepts reluctantly and joins the journey that finally makes her feel at home for once in her life. But not everything is as it seems it the simmering starlight because no matter where she will travel, danger lingers in the darkness.
If you love immersive sci-fi worlds, this book is one that will gobble you up and leave you begging for more. I say this because this book was host to one of the best sci-fi worlds that I have ever read. With every new detail that the authors gave, I almost felt like writing it down so I could learn as much as possible about this world. The authors were able to paint such a detailed picture of the world that everything felt real. Every detail that they threw in felt so well thought out, I was constantly left wondering how they came up with it. This book is by far one of the books that I would most like to see turned into a movie so I could be able to see how everything would look.
It was because of this awesome setting that the plot was able to truly flourish. Starting out as a simple tale of a quirky thief, joined with the setting it was able to reach new depths as feature new twists and turns that it might not have previously been able to reach. I love it when books are like this, turning simple ideas into masterpieces. The authors were able to do this brilliantly, leaving me constantly on edge for the next plot development. Though the plot did at times seem a bit bland, the authors were able to redeem themselves by providing a sense of mystery or suspense about some strange task that the characters are given or an alarming and strange visit from someone. The authors’ writing style was great when it came to situations like this, turning things that seem commonplace into the most suspenseful scenes of the book. And though the plot did sometimes reach weird peaks (like romance with an alien ship) they still found a way to make everything seem new and interesting to even the most well-read reader.
The only thing that I disliked about the book was the characters. For each of them, it felt like the authors pulled random tropes out of a hat and called it a character. Though some can say that at some level all characters are just an extension of a book trope, this book just featured characters that just seemed too artificial. The main character for example was a quirky thief with a tortured relationship with her family who actually has a big heart. And it wasn’t only the main character who was like this, in fact several other characters throughout the book seemed like under developed stereotypes that under hurt the story.
Overall, I would recommend this book for sci-fi lovers looking for a well-developed world that you would yearn to live in and find out more about. Though, if you get easily annoyed by underdeveloped characters, you might occasionally find yourself upset with the book. I would recommend this book for fans of Illuminae for the technology and talking-ship like character. Also, if you are interested in reading book that feature different kinds of like, including that between two girls and an alien ship, you would be very interested in reading this book.
I hope that you enjoyed this review! I really enjoyed reading this book and despite the super cheesy tag line, the book is one that is a true trill ride. If you have any books that you would like me to review, let me know down in the comments or let me know by contacting me through the form on my contact page! Also, I don't think I say this enough but thank you all for reading my reviews!
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