“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 feel awkward reviewing this because it’s not an entire story. It’s the beginning of the story. It does have a nice arc – for which I’m thankful – but it’s so clearly just the start that I almost want to wait until I’ve read the next 2 books (which should finish it out, I hope) before I review and grade it. The ending can make a huge difference in how I feel about the earlier sections. However, this part of the story still made a really big impression on me and I have to talk about it.
One of my best friends recommended this book to me – in all CAPS – and we usually are on the same exact page when it comes to awesome books. So I immediately bought this one, and the second one from Amazon. (Sidenote: $2.99 for under 200 pages? Not cool. I’m going to end up paying around $12 for a full-length novel. Ugh. Do not like. Anyway.)
I flew through it. Read most of it on my lunch, and then did some sneak-reading because I just couldn’t stop.
The world is interesting, but a fairly light background to the story and characters. It’s a prop for them to play in front of. And I’m okay with that here. I would like to see it further explored, and see the implications of the characters’ actions dig deep into that world, but that’s for the second, third, and fourth parts to live up to, I think.
What really shines here are the characters – which is kind of ironic, because none of the characters are what you would consider “good” people. Caleb (I love this name, I hate when it’s shortened to Cale) is our “hero.” And I use that term incredibly loosely. He’s a womanizer, smuggler, asshole. He thinks with his dick, and has little regard for consequences. He also has a TON of guilt and self-recrimination (justly and rightly so).
Fran, Caleb’s second-in-command (and only crewmate, so the title confused me a bit) fascinated me. She’s Caleb in a female body. Everything I hate about him, I hate about her. They have little regard for anyone, including themselves. They’re destructive and assholes. But…I love them. They’re the kind of characters that I want to see – not redeemed exactly, but whole. I want to see them have the contentment they deserve, whatever that may entail. I want to see them stop hating themselves.
#1001 was a mystery for most of the book, though I began to guess about a third of the way in, so I don’t want to spoil too much. Suffice it to say that I’m most interested in her. She has a hell of a story, and I’m really, really, really looking forward to seeing how Pippa DaCosta brings it all together.
The plot doesn’t seem like much of anything until you get near the end – which is why I say that this is a starter story. It doesn’t finish much of anything. What it does do is pull you in, sit you down, tie you up and demand that you finish. It builds beautifully, and upon finishing I immediately grabbed part two. I’m already lamenting the fact that the third part isn’t available until December 2015 – with the fourth (and final) to follow in Spring 2016.