RELEASE DATE: February 19th 2019
AUTHORS: Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
GENRE: Young-Adult, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives.
Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But they’ll have to settle for the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. The secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behind—but in the wrong direction.
Soon Zara will have to make a choice: run from the ultimate evil—or stand and fight.
This book was one of my anticipated sequels of 2019! Last year, I loved Honor Among Thieves, the first book in this unique YA sci-fi series. So, I jumped into this book as soon as I got my hands on it. After finishing it, I was kinda left with mixed feelings. It was a good sequel but sadly I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I found the first half of the book pretty slow but I did loved the second half. The world building and the action was great. I would give them five stars. I loved Nadim and Zara! I’m still shipping them pretty hard. The below summary contains spoilers for the first book, Please skip that part if you haven’t read the book.
The story continues two weeks after the events in the Honor Among Thieves where Zara, Beatriz and Nadim barely escaped from the dangerous Phage Swarm who’re hell bent on annihilating Leviathans. The battle leaves the Young Leviathan Nadim, and Eldest Leviathan Typhon weak. They all need a safe haven until they recover and their only option is Sliver, a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. They need money for supplies, armor and weapons so they make a deal with the head of the sliver but things take a worst turn when they unleash an enemy even more terrifying than the phage. Now the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of Zara and her crew.
Zara was total badass in this book. After the events in the first book, she grew more strong. I adored her loyalty and selflessness. I liked how she handled difficult situations with her quick thinking. I love Nadim! His bond with Zara and Bea has grown more strong. The friendship between them is so heart warming. Nadim and Zara has some unique intimate bond. My instincts were never wrong, I knew from the start that what they feel for each other is more than friendship. Although It might seem strange, I totally dig it. But the sudden thing between Zara and Bea, that really confused me. It made things a little complicated for me. Is this like a threesome thing? I really hope not. This book also has some interesting side characters but my favorites are Chao-Xing (another badass girl), Typhon(grumpy old Leviathan), and Starcurrent( a refugee tentacle alien with good humor). I almost forgot about the autodoc EMITU. That bot was hilarious! I hope Zara doesn’t change his programming in the future.
The plot was interesting but it has a very slow start which I’m not really fan of. Except for the pit fights nothing exciting happens in seventy percent of the book but the last thirty percent definitely makes up for it. I thought the Phage was our ultimate villain but damn these two authors knows how to surprise readers. I can’t wait to know what happens next. The writing was good. I’m a little disappointed that this book didn’t have multiple POV’s. I really enjoyed Zara’s POV and Nadim’s interludes but I still hoped for Nadim and Bea’s POV in this book. We also get some glimpses of what’s really happening on earth. It looks like Bea’s enemies on earth will not give up on hunting her. The world building was fantastic! It was the best aspect of this series. I loved exploring Sliver and meeting different kinds of Alien species.
Overall, it was a good sequel and I really liked it but sadly it’s not going into my favorite list! The book finally concludes with a minor cliffhanger but I’m still quite excited for the next book.
I highly recommend this series if you’re looking for a unique YA sci-fi read filled lots of space adventure and action.