Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review: Girl From Above: Betrayal by Pippa DaCosta

Title: Girl From Above: Betrayal
Author: Pippa DaCosta
Series: The 1000 Revolution #1
April 21st 2015

Genre: Science-Fiction
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Rating: 5/5

WARNING: Over 18+ only. Contains adult content, including sex, drug use, violence, and curse words.

"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.

"My name is #1001, and I am not ready to die. I’d only just begun to live."

So this book? It was really good. I can't say I have read many books in this genre in my life (though lately I've been getting more into it) but this has got to be in my top three of best sci-fi books. 

Girl From Above: Betrayal follows Caleb, a captain who has been released from prison who's trying to keep a low profile and #1001, a synth, who is not meant to excist, as there are only supposed to be 1000 synthetic humans a decade. Her orders? To kill Caleb. But when #1001 slowly starts to remember who she is and what he did to her things really get dangerous and deadly.

I really enjoyed reading both Caleb and #1001's points of view. On the surface Caleb seems like a typical guy, smuggling illegal cargo with his second in command, Fran, who he'd love to nail. Then #1001 comes in the story. Caleb just wants to get rid of her but slowly but surely he finds out who she is. Meanwhile #1001 has orders to kill him, which she doesn't follows. Not yet anyway. And also #1001 was simply a kick-ass character. I loved her. 

This story and world is quite harsh, to be honest, which is one of the reasons why I loved it so much. Like the synopsis says: it contains graphic adult content, including sex, drug use, violence and curse words. And the characters are not all good, they all have secrets and sins.

The writing was, of course, excellent. The story hooked me and didn't let me go until I had finished it. What else can I say? I just loved the sci-fi part of the book but also the relationships between all characters and obviously the story was just awesome.

Girl From Above: Betrayal by Pippa DaCosta was a sci-fi book that I needed in my life. I literally have nothing negative to say about the story. It was unique, gritty and totally awesome with unexpected plot twists. I'll definitely be reading book two very soon!


Born in Tonbridge, Kent in 1979, Pippa's family moved to the South West of England where she grew up amongst the dramatic moorland and sweeping coastlands of Devon & Cornwall. With a family history brimming with intrigue, complete with Gypsy angst on one side and Jewish survivors on another, she has the ability to draw from a patchwork of ancestry and use it as the inspiration for her writing. Happily married and the Mother of two little girls, she resides on the Devon & Cornwall border.

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