“My name is #1001, and I am not ready to die.” I’d only just begun to live.
When Captain Caleb Shepperd is released from prison, all he wants to do is keep his head down and earn a living smuggling illegal cargo through the nine systems. So when a synth stows away on his ship, and brings with her a crap-ton of problems, including guilt-ridden secrets he thought he’d escaped, he’d prefer to toss her out the airlock. The problem is, she’s priceless tech, and he’s fresh out of credit.
#1001 is not meant to exist. Created for a single purpose, she has one simple order: to kill. But not everything is as it seems. Buried deep inside, she remembers… Remembers when she was human. And she remembers what Shepperd did to her. She’s not ready to die, but she is ready to kill.
From the bestselling author of the Veil Series comes an action packed story of love, redemption, and revenge.
Pippa DaCosta captures the grit and realism of her urban fantasy stories and injects it, along with some down-and-dirty passion, into the sci-fi genre.
WARNING: 18+ only. Contains graphic adult content, including sex, drug use, violence, and a plethora of curse words. Not for the easily offended
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I went into this book knowing nothing about it except that which I read from the synopsis. This book was gruesome and brutally honest. I think that was what I enjoyed about it the most. The fact that no one could be trusted even if you were sure you knew them was the cherry on top.
“I used to believe stars were wishes, that if we reached them, our dreams would come true.”
Caleb Shepperd was once a Captain with the Fleet (The Nine’s Military Forces) and had his whole future riding on his career when that ended because he got mixed with some bad business. He lived his life as a smuggler staying out of other people’s business and got by, for the most part. Cale’s character was a bit heartless and he was a jerk most of the time but I still found him enjoyable. He didn’t play games and made sure people knew when he wasn’t playing. Involve a sexual favour or two though and it was possible to persuade him. I felt like this story was basically The World vs Caleb Shepperd. Poor guy just couldn’t catch a break.
This book was fast paced and I really liked it. The action seemed real and there was just the right amount of mixture between the action and the actual plot line.
#1001- who Cale later starts calling Synth (honestly #1001 is quite a mouthful)- was a Synthetic that was never supposed to exist. Naturally, something that wasn’t supposed to have existed needs to be cancelled out and with #1001 being on Cale’s ship, it put the whole of Fleet on his tail. We spend quite a portion of the book wondering why this synthetic seems to be thinking for herself.
The violence and language didn’t annoy or offend me in anyway. In fact, I personally think it made the characters seem more real. There was no counting of words or rethinking. Everyone just said what came to mind. The sex scenes weren’t bad either. Not too much emphasis was put into it. It wasn’t awkward like watching sex scenes on TV with your parents in the room.
“But the stars will always be out of reach, and no amount of dreaming will capture them.”
Pippa DaCosta did an amazing job with these characters and the writing style was quite good. It was a nice change having to experience the mind of a synthetic. I shall definitely be looking into the sequel soon.
Read: 22 August 2015
Publication Date: 21 April 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Pippa DaCosta