Let me start off with transparency by saying that I am relatively new to the sci-fi genre. Aliens and space travel have never really been my thing, especially in books. However, I have been dipping my toes into the waters more lately and this was definitely a likable book that I was able to fully immerse myself in, even as a newcomer to the genus!
In Honor Among Thieves, our lead Zara Cole is a YA character we’ve seen before–she’s the girl off the streets who trusts no one and has been betrayed by everyone she has ever known. It is unprecedented in this futuristic world when a girl of her personality and background is chosen for the Honors–an elite space program which partners with the Leviathan, a race of sentient alien beings. Of course, Zara has Earthen enemies to flee, so she boards the Leviathan with her new partner, Beatriz (Bea), and heads off into the vast unknown.
In my opinion, some of the best parts of this book were built around the most bizarre things. As I mentioned, I’m still breaking in to this genre and maybe some of these things are relatively normal, but it was so weird to picture people living inside of this alien. ‘Alien’ = spaceship. I had in my mind Jonah and the whale or the Magic School Bus. Then at one point Zara has to dig through Nadim’s circulatory systems to fix an injury! Eek! All of that being said though, I think that one of the most beautiful parts of this book is the relationship that Zara, Bea, and Nadim grow to have. It is so incredibly intimate that Zara and Nadim basically feel one another’s feelings; that Bea can sing and Nadim essentially absorbs that essence. This concept of bonding and journeying together throughout life is so exquisite!….until it gets a bit creepy…but I think you can sort of see where I’m going with all of this.
To wrap this up, I am very interested to see where this series goes. Both the leaders of Earth and the Leviathan have been keeping big secrets regarding “the journey” and how the relationship between humans and the Leviathan got to be exactly how it is, and the Leviathan themselves have a lot of ‘fessing up to do about their own history and backgrounds. Just as there are Earthen enemies, so are there galactic enemies. Why, exactly, have the Leviathan saved planet Earth just as it was about to be destroyed? How did they know? As odd as they are, they really are fascinating creatures and I am looking forward to seeing what happens next in book 2, Honor Bound, which just released February 19, 2019. So tell me…
Have you read this or both of these books? Do you enjoy sci-fi at all? Would you be able to space travel if given the opportunity?
Soundtrack: “Exit Music (For a Film)” by Radiohead