The Star Thief

Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Lindsey Becker
Illustrator: Antonio Caparo
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9780316348560
Pages: 402

Honorine, a servant girl, is whisked away from the house one night by several strange and magical creatures called the Mordant. They claim she is one of them and forces her to board their air ship, but not before she runs into a childhood friend who takes her to his own ship. Honorine is torn between the humans and the constellations, but she eventually makes her way to the constellations and realizes her true heritage: half human, half Mordant. The captains of both airships wage war against each other, and Honorine determines to save both sides. Along the way, she makes new friends and discovers the family she's always wanted.

The Star Thief is an interesting concept for a novel and Becker packs the story with action. Unlike most novels, there are two antagonists and the heroine places herself as the median between the two. The descriptions are rich and reside in an alternate nineteenth-century where ancient culture and new science collide. The only shortcoming of this book is the characters. They are not as well-developed as they could have been. Most notably, the reasoning behind their actions is not always clear, such as when several constellations pledge their loyalty to Honorine's mother for no apparent reason. The novel is still an enjoyable escape to an alternate reality.