Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Android and the Thief
Author: Wendy Rathbone
Heroes: Trev & Khim
Genre: M/M Scifi
Length: 294 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 3, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Will love set them free—or seal their fate?
In the sixty-seventh century, Trev, a master thief and computer hacker, and Khim, a vat-grown human android, reluctantly share a cell in a floating space prison called Steering Star. Trev is there as part of an arrangement that might finally free him from his father’s control. Khim, formerly a combat android, snaps when he is sold into the pleasure trade and murders one of the men who sexually assaults him. At first they are at odds, but despite secrets and their dark pasts, they form a pact—first to survive the prison, and then to escape it.
But independence remains elusive, and falling in love comes with its own challenges. Trev’s father, Dante, a powerful underworld figure with sweeping influence throughout the galaxy, maintains control over their lives that seems stronger than any prison security system, and he seeks to keep them apart. Trev and Khim must plan another, more complex escape, and this time make sure they are well beyond the law as well as Dante’s reach.
This was such a phenomenal novel! I’ve always been a huge fan of scifi and futuristic stories so when I saw this one, I just HAD to read it. Add to that a thief and an android and it felt like this story was MADE for me! I won’t go into too much detail about it because the blurb does a pretty good job of that but what I will say is that I absolutely loved Trev and Khim. For one, I loved that Trev was stuck in a life that he hated and tried to do something about it to escape it even though it was a cushy life. It was almost like he was in the mob without actually being in one and he was the thief of the family.
While I loved Trev, I ADORED Khim. I loved that he was an android but he was put in a shitty situation. It was cruel what they did to him and when he’s put into a situation that causes him to fall back on his combat training, it lands him in prison. It was so heartbreaking but I liked even though he didn’t want to be anywhere near Trev, he realized the advantages of sticking with him. It was interesting to see them connect and how Khim was like a big shadow while Trev was able to offer him protection. You’d think with Trev being a little guy, he would be the one who needed protection in prison but nope, it was Khim that needed it. As the story progressed, I loved that Khim became just a bit more human and seeing his feelings change from hatred to affection towards Trev was so sweet.
I absolutely LOVED this book but the ending wasn’t very satisfactory. Don’t get me wrong, I adored how it ended, very sweet and I’m happy with where they’re at BUT it didn’t make sense. Dante could find Trev anywhere so who’s to say he won’t be able to find Trev and Khim now? It doesn’t make sense that he CAN’T so I felt like that was a loose end that wasn’t tied up at all and wasn’t even explored. As it is, while it seems like an HEA, it didn’t FEEL like an HEA because of that reason so really, they’re happiness could be shattered again at any minute.
Overall, this was a great read. Scifi is one of my favorite genres so really getting into the thick of things and seeing how this world functioned was a huge highlight. Add to that, Trev and Khim bonding over being in prison together even though they were both in horrible situations made this a delightful story. I hope this isn’t the last we see of these guys because I’d love to read more of them but I’m really hoping Breq gets a story. He definitely deserves one now!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*