Honor Among Thieves

April 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

thievesHonor Among Thieves by James S.A. Corey


This is my first Corey novel. It isn’t the first one I’ve wanted to read (The Expanse is on my list), but it’s the first one I’ve read, though it certainly won’t be my last. This is the kind of Star Wars novel I’m most interested in — the one where an established science fiction author tackles the Expanded Universe.

This is a pretty impressive read, not just because the authors capture the characters of Han, Leia, and Luke so well, nor because they give the story an appropriate sense of humor. Those traits themselves are impressive, but what surprised me the most about this story is that it’s one plot. Zahn’s Choices of One was equally impressive for its three distinct plots that served one story, but here we just have the one, with Han trying to run a routine recovery mission for the Alliance. Star Wars being what it is, such a simple plan develops into something far more involved and important, but the story never deviates from Han, nor does it shift to anyone else’s perspective.

Something else I liked about this book was the importance of its female characters, and how much they led the events of the story. If The Last Jedi was commentary on toxic masculinity, then the authors planted the seeds for it in this book here. It’s refreshing to see Han, the macho smuggler whose fragile ego prevents him from ever showing vulnerability or sensitivity (note: this story takes place before The Empire Strikes Back), defer to the plans of Leia and Scarlet when his own won’t suffice.

Honor Among Thieves was a great introduction to Corey. I’ve heard enough good about The Expanse to be eager to read it, but having seen what the authors can do with an established universe, I’m now even more eager to start on that series. This book also makes me want to read more about the universe through the eyes of long-established science fiction authors. I only wish LucasFilm would employ more of them.

Started: January 6, 2018
Finished: January 9, 2018


1 Comment

  1. firewater65 said,

    I haven’t begun reading the Expanse series yet, but it makes me happy to know that these writers also created something in the Star Wars universe. I look forward to reading it.

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