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ESCAPE (THE 1000 REVOLUTION): Escape Paperback – June 12, 2015
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'This fast paced sci-fi sequel is even better than the first book in the series... The reader is pushed right back into the intense futuristic world of Ms DaCosta's creation, where anything can happen and fortunes change so quickly your head will spin.' ~ Goodreads reviewer
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (June 12, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1514329166
- ISBN-13 : 978-1514329160
- Item Weight : 8.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.52 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,093,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I knew revenge like the ghost of an old friend."
Caleb, Fran and 1001 are so much fun. None of them are trustworthy and I’m pretty sure each one has betrayed the other in some way at some time. Hell I think that two of them almost got the other killed a few times now. But it is great to watch how they are together and try to figure out who is going to backstab who next.
In Escape Caleb has to get out of the eat or be eaten (literally) prison he is in. Fran needs to find a way to escape Fleet and get back into the black or her addiction will become very known to and 1001 has to find a way to escape the company who created her before they decide to destroy her.
It is a fast paced ride where enemies can be friends, friends can be enemies and pretty much anyone can double cross you at any time. There are some great twists and by the end I couldn’t decide who what the most treacherous of the group. Probably Caleb, possibly Fran or perhaps 1001 is going to out twist them all.
Everything I said in the first one still holds. Our protagonists are not heroes - they're not good people, and yet....I still root for them. I think that probably says more about me than it does about them.
There's a HUGE twist at one point in the book. Something I did NOT see coming, and still really shocks me with its simplicity and I-should-have-known moment. Then there's the moment when I start to complain about something, thinking that one thing is going on, thinking that it should go a different way, and something even better than I imagined happening, happened. Heck yes. Loved it.
There's a lot of sex, or near sex, in these books. It's usually angry sex, without a lot of "good" emotions behind it. But it's freaking hot as hell. And, to quote my friend Navessa: "Also, I figure in a near-lawless space setting, sex would be as common as violence, which seems to be the case in these books. Now that I think about it, I tend to feel that way about any setting in which humanity breaks down." It's a good point, and I definitely agree. Violence and Sex are BIG in this series. So is self-recrimination, questionable actions, double-crossing, and lawlessness. For a society that's supposed to be "perfect" with Fleet and Chitec...it's pretty frakking grim.
And the ending? I saw it coming, I knew it would happen from the moment the scene started, and still - I read that last sentence and groaned that I have to wait until December for the next book (and Spring 2016 for the concluding book). I needs it, precious. I needs it, NOW.
The references of 9 realms of the Norse mythology got stronger and sometimes the usage is more ironic like Pippa's use of Asgard.
Pippa's world creation is dark, devious, ruthless, lawless and paranoid. Where the Fleet’s has a feeble effort to establish control. She purposefully writes her stories in the grey area where things are morally ambiguous; good people do horrible things, and bad people do good things. In her world you must have the back of the powerfuls - Crime families, the Fenrir Nine or the Chitec cartel and others lawless identities.
The second book start with the same scene as the first one - #1001 killing of the head scientist.... and Pick from there. #1001 finds herself at the mercy of Chitec’s technicians on Janus space station. She is convinced that she succeed to kill Caleb and suddenly this revenge isn't so sweet all her in this her program is a big mess. But when a lab technician agrees to help her escape #1001 knows this is her last chance to make her father, Chen Hung, suffer for what he did to her and she will do whatever it takes to get her revenge. But here is waiting for a very big surprise!
Caleb learned his lesson the hard way. After some new discoveries, you only can wonder about his ability for betrayal. He is a truly cynical bastard. For him the message is - trust - In the dark space you have to trust your crew. the problem is - it’s hard to tell who has your back from and who has it long enough just to stab you in it.
He is struggling to survive on an inhospitable prison planet. His second in command, Fran, may have come to his rescue but Caleb knows that she can't be trusted. His freedom came with a price - a very explosive illegal cargo that they have to take to one of the most notorious crime families in the all 9 realms. Nobody want to deal with this particular family... but he don't have many options, his credit almost none exist... and even he have a history with this particular member of this family he must take it. He can only hope that he can charm her enough to cooperate.
And he must charm her... he think that some character strikes of her will allow him the treat. You see - even though he had sex with her and then rob her and left her on nonfunctional ship deep in space, Adelina or Ade has a really scary crazy strikes. So when her family don't allow her to be in space anymore she has some ideas of her own. and yes she still find him very attractive...
All she want from him, in return, is to her help in rescuing him from Asgard, is to abducted a fleet frigate.....and he had to agree.
So now he have on the Star-scream two very dangerous women - Ade and Flu which he now know for sure that is a fleet agent. Both of them can stick the knife in his back every moment. But he have a plan that both of them don't know about... and luckily this plan will solve all his problems include his way back to the 9 Fenrirs. A plan that involve his brother.
The only thing that he wasn't ready for is the appearance of #1001 back into his life. The same we can say for #1001 herself.
And now for some more amusements - you now that this is not the first book of Pippa that I red and reviewed so of course I had to find some ideas that she play with again.
I mean to the "City of Fae" - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... and here are the 4 major ones:
1. The character of #1001 is similar to the character of Alina - both of them start from nothing.... the appear in the plot totally mature and without childhood. #1001 - is a synth build by science and tech and the Alina is build with magic. Both of them getting an order to kill which they didn't fulfill, both of them grew into their awareness of while while the plot still running.
2. #1001 or Harley father share similarities to the fairy queen. Both of them create a Golem....and their Golem don't obey there order. both of them order their Golem to kill and it turn that their Golem instead of killing helping the person that they sent to kill. Both of them are using something of their own.... the queen use her essence and Harley's father use his daughter.
They are also share the villain plan to conquer the world and they don't have ant remorse about the means or how to do it....everything is just a tool for them (or as Harley's father said an asset)
3. The fleet and the Fae authority (FA) - suppose to represent the authority that protect the weeks....but both are week and corrupt. In the two stories they were bought by the Archie-vilians.
4. Very intelligent and very Anti heroes - Caleb and Reign share some treats. Both of them where very important soldiers in the army of the Archie-vilian and both of them turn against them. Both of them turn to be such a big problem that had to be eliminated.
Anyway can't wait to the Girl From Above: Trapped (The 1000 Revolution, #3) and City of Fae #2.
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Meanwhile Caleb has also been captured and he is struggling to survive on an inhospitable prison planet. His second in command, Fran, may have come to his rescue but Caleb knows that she can't be trusted and the deal she made with a pirate family to save him has ended up dumping him out of the frying pan and into the fire.
If you thought these characters made questionable choices in the first instalment you've not seen anything yet, they all have their own agendas and loyalty is a word that most of them don't know the meaning of. Any alliances they make are fleeting and only last until a better offer comes along so no matter what kind of friendships you think they have you can never be quite sure that their bonds will last. It's just so much fun to read about characters who are so morally ambiguous, I may not always agree with their choices but Pippa DaCosta always does a good job of making their decisions believable.
Caleb is a loveable rogue and I just can't resist him. He's not a good guy, in fact he does some truly horrible things, but he does have his own code of honour and he never claims to be something he's not. #1001 is probably my favourite though, she thinks of herself as completely inhuman but from her thoughts and actions it's obvious that deep down inside her human side is still very much in control. She longs for revenge against the people who wronged her but she also craves friendship and wants something more from life.
I really don't want to say too much about this story apart from to warn you to expect the unexpected. Nothing is what it seems and there are plenty of twists to keep you guessing. I have absolutely no idea where the story will go from here but I do know that the next instalment will be jumping to the top of my to read pile the minute I can get my hands on it!
The books are full of action, you care about the characters and I find I struggle to put the book down until I've finished it.