You were a seed, surrounded by hard shell and stony ground. Now you can grow in any direction that you wish. I will leave you alone until you see that.”Nadim, Honor Among Thieves Chapter 8, page 186
Author: Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre
I usually do not read syfy books, but the cover of this one just made me want to read it. Also, I didn’t read the description of the book before I read it. Had I, I probably would not have even given the book a second thought.
Honor Among Thieves is the story of Zara, an outcast who just wants to “be free” and live by her own rules. When we meet Zara she is living life as a thief in the Zone. She steals a purse from a seemingly wealthy girl who is walking down the street without a care in the world. Once she has time to look through the bag she found tech, prescription meds, and a box that contained some type of chem (drugs) that she had never seen before. Zara takes her haul to a seller and gets quite a decent chunk of money for what she has stolen. All she is thinking of is that she will be able to feed Derry, her chem addicted boyfriend, and herself for at least a week.
When Zara returns to Derry and the rest of her crew a man shows up looking for the box that she stole from the young girl. Zara pretends that he has no idea what he is talking about, but internally she is freaking out once she realizes that the girl she stole from what the daughter of a wealthy business man who everyone thought was crazy.
Once Zara realizes that she can not get out of this on her own she leaves Derry to go back to Parkview Rehabilitation Home. She knew she would not be able to stay there, but she is hoping that Mrs. Witham can help her get somewhere safe; Camp Kuna.
When Zara arrives at Camp Kuna she believes that she is now safe for the time being, but she is very very wrong. The first friend that she makes tries to kill her. All in the same stretch the guards come for her to take her to meet with the CEO of the camp as well as a man names Marko. Zara soons finds out that she has been selected for the Honors, a program she despised while others were fighting just to be selected. She is effectively forced into taking the spot on the Tour because she realizes if she does not she will die.
Zara soon meets an ex Honor who tells her not to go out on the tour because they are lying to her. Marko tells her to ignore the Honor because he couldn’t handle the Tour and was sent back to earth. Not long after this encounter Zara meets Nadim, her ship. The alien that will take them on a tour through the stars. She also meets Beatriz, her partner for the next year.
Zara and Nadim soon learn they have a connection that is different from what he has with others. A connection that is likely to get them into trouble.
I do have to say I did enjoy this book. As I said in the beginning of the post I usually don’t read syfy books but I wanted to give this one a try. The book is a bit slow to start, which almost made me put it down. It also is a bit confusing because they switch between who they are talking to and whose thoughts are being shown quite a few times in the first couple of pages. Once I finally got into the book through and started getting into what I can only say is VAGUE SPOILER ALERT an alien/human romance I started to get into it. To be honest I don’t think that you are meant to see the relationship that I am talking about as romantic, I think it is supposed to be seen as a relationship that is on a deeper level than the superficial relationships the characters are used to; but the way it is written really suggests there is something more going on. The book also lacked the in depth details I was craving from an alien space travel story. Funny enough I usually enjoy stories that have more dialogue than filler, but in this case I definitely feel like the story would have benefited from more of what I call filler information. Overall I really did enjoy the book, though there are some concepts in it that I find it hard to wrap my head around. The ship Zara is on being an actual living being for one things. The book is part of a series though (currently at 3 books, unsure of if there are plans for more) so I am hoping as the series goes on I will be able to wrap my head around it better and better.
I would say that I recommend this book for people like me who really are not super into syfy and just want to dip their toes in the water. If you are someone who really loves these types of books you would probably dislike this one just based on the fact that the story really does not go too in depth on the concepts it is talking about.