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"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.
Thx netgally for the opportunity.... I find myself falling in love with Pippa again.
I am glade to return to some more sc fi books and since Isaac Asimov, wrote the classic collection of stories of the Robot novel series, I didn't put much attention to this kind of books. In his books Asimov, deals with the relationships between human and robot. and for this purpose he introduced us to the Three Laws of Robotics-
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm;
2) A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; and
3) A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not conflict with the First and Second Laws.
However, Pippa didn't deal with robot she is telling us about something totally different a Synth - A synthetic body with the soul and memories of the person who paid a lot of credit to get a “life-ever-after” created by Chitec (who supposed to have made one thousand synths, five hundred male and five hundred female, so how did #1001 exist?)
Ok, it is not exactly robot, as its body construct of tissues, it is also not an android , which its body has real tissues over artificial skeleton, mind, heart and such... I believe that the idea was to give something less destructible then regular human tissues.
The big difference between an android or robot and Synth was suppose to be that they had a real imprinted personality of a live person. The problem is that 1000 Synth actually didn't got it they only had some makers from the person....this is a one fat lie that Chitec sell to the world.
Chitec purpose wasn't to protect humanity from their creations like Asimov with his robots. Their idea was to build an Army...it isn't a mere whim that the privilege to turn to a Synth cost so much....Only very rich and important people could afford this kind of thing.
So Chitec actually had their creations in very important key positions waiting to as they command - sleeping soldiers.
Synth #1001- wasn't suppose to exits..a “synth” somebody turned to a vicious killer.... the problem it is the only synth that has memories, which mean that it is the only synth that really had imprinted personality and somebody sent her to kill.
The person she suppose to kill is treating the existence of Chitec. He also has connection to a rebel underground of the nine Fenrirs ( Yes it Norse myth).
The book start from the end... and it's somewhat confusing....and then it goes backward in time. It started with the killing of the head scientist of Cimtec by #1001.
Then it move fast to Captain Caleb Shepperd's ship. Cleb released from Asgard prison and all he wants to do is keep his head down and earn a living smuggling illegal cargo through the nine systems. So when he found a synth stows away on his ship, the problems start to pile.
the weird thing was that he really really don't want to know anything about her. He has guilt-ridden secrets he thought he’d escaped. The best thing to is to toss this very hot potato out the airlock. The problem is, she’s priceless tech, and he’s fresh out of credit.
Caleb is a typical anti-heroe, one with an ambiguous moral code. His only love in life is his independent tug ship, the Starscream. Most of the time he is live on the edge, to forget. This external projection is misleading - Once upon a time he was the brightest promise of the fleet, so under all this hiding a very smart person with a secret drive and agenda. he also survived Asgard - and succeeded to escape it tow features that very few have in there records.
other characters -
Fran- a character that i enjoy to not like. she is the best piolot in the 9 system and only because of that Clabe is still keeping her (certainly not because her mouth of her attitude), maybe also becuase the sexual tension between them. She mkeep him on a low burner. Caleb don't understand what a talented, smart and sexy is doing with him at all. Not one red light turn on about it.... he think that she has drug addiction problem which will make a problem for her to find ob somewhere else. Also, turn out he saved her, so maybe there is loyalty element too( he don't know what a surprise is waiting for him there) and maybe that he is the most tolerant captain ever, may would get rid from her and her mouth long before.
Hayley- We don't see a much of her, only glimpses here and there. But she's the stuff of heroes! she smart, and sad, and kind, and brave and just a little naive. She was the daughter of the CEO of Chitec, and love Caleb with all her heart, but he betrayed her....and she is the source of his guilt... her personalty imprinted in #1001
#1001- somebody change the restrictions orders in her program (Failsafe disabled. Protocols breached.). This change turned her to a killer 9You follow orders. You will only ever have one: to kill). the one thing that the sander didn't took in account was that Hayley personality can interfere... It is easy to think that anyone will seek a revenge.... but Hayley personality has no appetite for this kind of things 9Fault, fault, fault. This is wrong. I am not designed for this. This isn’t me. Not me. Not me). And she know that she is not ready to die.
Bernard - Caleb's brother... from the little you meet you don't get to like him and he betrayed Caleb too.
The pacing is relentless and far from predictable, with a good few surprises thrown into the mix as the story progresses and kept immediately to the second book - "Girl From Above: Escape"
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