I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Girl From Above: Betrayal is the first book in a series introducing us to Captain Caleb Shepperd who has secrets from his past coming back to haunt him. After being released from prison Caleb became a smuggler/fixer. After leaving a port he finds a stowaway aboard his ship, a synthetic human who calls herself #1001.
#1001 is different from the other synthetics. She’s had her programming tampered with and assigned one mission, to kill. Unlike the other synthetics though #1001 begins to feel and remember what it was to be human and who she was when she was human.
This being the first in a series there’s a lot of backstory being told between Caleb and #1001 to get the feel for who they are and who they were. But the story moves along quite nicely while filling in those details to bring about the current situation. It got a bit predictable though when it came to #1001’s human identity before it was truly revealed. Although that detail works for building up the future books and wanting to know where the story is going in the later books in the series.
I just couldn’t help myself though thinking of Caleb as a somewhat r-rated Han Solo. Fans of Star Wars know that Han was a smuggler and somewhat criminal before meeting Luke and Leia so maybe that brought more appeal to me reading this. The story is nothing like anything out of the movies though so don’t get me wrong in that regard but it made me like Caleb a bit more from the start.
There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding #1001 by the end of the book. She’s obviously gone against what she was created for and has her own agenda which I’m highly interested in reading more about.
Also, a few typos in the book which brought my rating down a bit. Overall though a fun, quick read with a lot of potential for the continuation in the series. 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.