Hello readers and welcome to my stop on the Lifer blog tour hosted by Chapter By Chapter. If you are curious about what I thought read on for my review, and don’t forget to enter the Giveaway at the end of the post!!
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Publication date: December 16, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Beck Nicholas
Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents’ crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.
Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.
On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.
As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.
This debut from Beck Nicholas is a solid read with believable, well developed characters and a quick pacing which makes it an enjoyable read. The story is written in a clear and concise manner without an excess of description and I liked the steady flow to it.
The story is told through dual perspectives, which could have worked as two separate stories, but had a harmonious feel instead of being disjointed which can happen sometimes when dealing with two character voices. The harmony exists in the sensed connection between the two. One can deduce what that connection might be and thus see the reasoning behind having two perspectives.
I did however enjoy Blank’s story more than Ashers’s. I liked the premise of him having to survive in an unfamiliar world without a true sense of who he is or where he stands in the scheme of things. Seeing him through his journey of discovery was intriguing and had some intense, action-filled moments.
Nothing kills a book for me like predictablity so when certain characters acted in contradiction of their predisposed personalities, that was surprising and well appreciated! After all, who doesn’t like a good plot twist?
I didn’t find that certain eagerly awaited events emerged successfully and this took impacted my overall enjoyment of the book. Certain plans just never materialised or came to fruition or when it did occur, was really brief and not detailed in such a way as to create that wow effect.I would also have liked a bit more background as to how the world came to be as it was.
I recommend this for sci-fi fans. Lovers of Dystopian fiction should find this interesting also.
I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.
On To the Giveaway!!
• Contest ends November 13, 2015
• Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Lifer by Beck Nicholas (INT)
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