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 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.
I want to start by saying how much I loved the end of the book. Everything from when they were in space pretty much went from strength to strength, building on itself. I loved Zara’s voice when we got up there, her friendship with Beatriz, her relationship with Nadim. She finds a purpose.
However, that purpose doesn’t overly build on who she was before. There’s no real thievery in space if you’re stuck on a living ship with one other person. We do see her use her self reliance and street smarts, but I sorted wanted her two parts to come together more.
The start of the book was where I really struggled – it was that I wasn’t enjoying it but I kept putting the book down with no drive to pick it back up again. By the end, I was a lot more invested. You do need the start, but it’s a much weaker plot line.
The whole concept of Nadim being a living ship was really hard to envisage as well, though very cool! And as a character, he really grew on me as Zara connected with him more.
I just feel that we could have sped up the first half and got more from the second half. Instead it all sort of feels like the buildup to the second book. I will definitely be picking that up, as I did find where the book was headed to be intriguing and fast paced, but there’s not really enough action or answers in the first one for me.
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